Leh - Ladakh - India Vacation Packages
Explore the mystical charms of Leh-Ladakh India, bestowed with rugged hilly areas and beautiful monasteries on Leh ladakh holidays. Treasure some life time memories in your Leh Ladakh holidays in India.
High Altitude Desert of Leh and Ladakh
Ladakh lies at altitudes ranging from about 9,000
feet (2750m) at Kargil to 25,170 feet (7,672m) at Saser Kangri in the
Karakoram. Bordered by Tibet, it is often described as the 'roof of the
world' or "Little Tibet". It is a high altitude cold desert, part
of it mountain and the other part, a flat terrain. It is the largest of the
ten provinces of Jammu and Kashmir, bordered by the Karakoram chain of
mountains in the north and Himalayas in the south.
The region falls under the Himalayan rain shadow area thus, receives no
monsoon during the summer season and the only source of water being the
winter snowfall. Drass, Zanskar and the Suru Valley on the Himalaya's
northern flank receive heavy snow in winter. Hidden behind this harsh and
forbidding facade is an ancient civilization with gentle and charming
people. With the great Indus flowing right through Ladakh, the province is
divided into Leh, Nubra, Zanskar, lower Ladakh and Rupshu.
Leh, the capital of Ladakh, at a height of 3505 meters, is a place with
stunning beauties and sights, apart from being the center of Tibeto-Buddhist
culture for ages. Leh is the land of medieval Gompas perched on roaring
heights, gentle people, high altitude deserts, gushing rivers, high peaks
and passes. It is one of the most sparsely populated regions in the country.
The people are a mix of the Tibetan, Balti, Dard and Aryan ethnic strains.
Their physique and costumes are very similar to the people in Tibet and
Leh offers great scope for undertaking adventure activities. The best
established ones among these are: trekking, mountaineering and
river-rafting. The prime attractions are the spectacular valleys of Suru and
Zanskar, nestling along the foothills of the main range of the greater
Himalayas, the Nubra Valley, the smaller valleys of Dras and Wakha-Mulbek
and the Chiktan. The exclusive itenary to the place comprises of visits to a
selection of monasteries that include: Lamayuru in the west and the
prestigious establishment of Hemis in the east. Tourists also take to
trekking along the lateral valleys, especially in Markha and to the confines
of the central Indus valley.