Leh

Leh

The region of Ladakh, within the state of Jammu has typically been represented as a wilderness, an isolated high-altitude desert kingdom shrouded with mystery and mysticism.It is more of a native desolate site that is focused around Buddhism, yaks, and survival techniques. It is only recently that this desolate hilly region has managed to open many small business trades that thrive within the comparatively hotter months of the year from July to September.

Leh, the capital town of Ladakh, is barely touched by rain; however, the intense cold throughout the long winter season means that this remote region remains isolated for most parts of the year. Come June, however, once the tourists begin to pour into Leh, the sober remoteness of this high-altitude city lifts and brims with its thriving tourism. Set in an exceedingly fertile valley at the foot of Namgyal Tsemo peak, which is 5 miles northeast of the River Indus, Leh is deeply dependent on this short and intense tourism season. From June to September, the encompassing barren mountains and distant snow-laden peaks reflect the town’s natural scenery for its abundant fields and avenues of trees that cluster around the painted, flat-roofed buildings.

Developed as a marketplace for traders from across the Northern belt of India, Leh was a vital stop for travellers traversing the difficult caravan routes to Kashgar and Yarkand. The Silk Road brought Buddhist travellers, and these days the population remains preponderantly Buddhist, and hence is blessed with Buddhist monuments and monasteries. Head to the Khardung-La, known as the highest motorable road on earth, into the spectacular depression of the Nubra valley for additional remoteness, time-trapped hamlets and ancient monasteries, set against impressive slopes. Adventure seekers can get wedged in river-rafting on the Rivers Indus and Zanskar, enjoy a high-level mountain climb, or trek into the remote, barren regions, which may simply extend your stay by an extra week or even more. Leh is where travellers and nature lovers are rewarded by excursions to Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri, the two breathtakingly pristine high-altitude lakes that are a must-visit.