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Leh Ladakh

लेह-लडाख - नुब्रा व्हॅली - कारगील - 25/07/2016 to 12/08/2016 (Leha-Ladakh Yatra)


About Leh-Ladakh

King Sengge Namgyal who ruled Ladakh during 17th century and during whose rule Ladakh shifted his court from Shey to Leh. Leh in India became the regional capital and very soon the town blossomed into one of the busiest markets on the Silk Route.

Leh, the capital of Ladakh is situated at a height of 3505 meters and is towards the eastern parts of Jammu and Kashmir. The region is watered by the Zanskar River, which flows into the Indus River just below. Spilling out of a side valley that tapers north towards eroded snow capped peaks.  On one side by cream-coloured desert, and on the other by a swathe of lush irrigated farm land. Its colorful gompas have attracted the devout Buddhists from all over the globe. Besides, it is also a favorite hiking locale and is known for some of the best hikes in the country. Travel to leh to enjoy its mystic beauty.

                        

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About Pilgrimage

Buddhism, especially the Trans-Himalayan Buddhism from Tibet is the very essence of living in Ladakh. Partly because of the royal patronage, the central part of Ladakh has the greatest concentration of major Gompas or monasteries. Monasteries of Phiyang, Hemis and Chemrey belong to the Namgyal dynasty period and are a major attraction during their monastic festivals. The reformist group monasteries are also well represented in central Ladakh by Thikse, Likkir, Rhidzong and Spituk. Buddhist study centers have been set up at both Leh and Choglamsar. Summer meditation sessions are held at the Mahabodhi Meditation Center on Changspa Lane.

         

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Adventure in Ladakh

The trans-Himalayan district of Ladakh is simply a storehouse of adventure. Travelers from all across the globe keep flocking to Ladakh almost all the year round. When itís about adventure in India, Ladakh happens to be second to none. Adventure in Ladakh has its own taste and meaning. You have a good number of adventure sports in Ladakh to choose from. Most famous adventure sports in Ladakh include mountaineering, jeep safari, trekking, cycling and river rafting. There are high mountain ranges, scenic trails, expansive lakes, deep valleys and high passes that add to the joy of your adventure in Ladakh.

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The Animal Species of Ladakh


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The animal species of Ladakh have shown an excellent ecological adaptation and flourished at an altitude where men can hardly breathe. Travelers find the wildlife of Ladakh interesting both in terms of ecological specialization and their occurrence in the remote regions of rugged Ladakh. Ladakh possesses virtually no natural forests, though along riverbanks and valleys some greenery does exist. The lower mountain slopes are sparse but higher up, near the snow line, wild rose, willow and herbaceous plants have successfully colonized the slopes. This is the alpine zone. While soil, wind, precipitation and exposure are important determinants in the arrangement of specific life, the temperature differential due to altitude is by far the most important factor. In this extremely harsh environment the untrained eye would hardly see any evidence of wildlife at all. Animals, which have adapted to the rigorous conditions however, thrive on the minimal vegetation, poor shelter, rocky terrain and bitter cold. Nevertheless, most creatures, notably the ungulates, do migrate to lower regions in winter while others, like the brown bear and marmots, choose to hibernate. Ironically, at this altitude many animals suffer from "mountain sickness" because of the lack of oxygen! Their bodies however, seem to adopt to this condition, as the number of red blood corpuscles increases along with blood acidity. Most large mammals have a unique devise for protection against the cold a highly insulated shaggy coat.

 


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Yak or Wild Ox
Yak, a wild ox is the largest animal found in Ladakh. and is definitely more imposing than its placid domestic counterpart. Immensely shaggy and weighing about a tone it has curved horns whose tips can be as wide apart as 90 cm. and measure 76 cm. over the curves. It can easily be distinguished by its long black hair, which is tinged with gray at the muzzle. Spending its summers at a height above 6,000 meters, in winter it moves in herds to the lakes, marshes and lower valleys.

 


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Tibetan Sheep
Largest and most magnificent of wild sheep in the whole world, it is also called the Great Tibetan sheep (Ovis ammon). Roughly these are found in the extreme eastern portion of Ladakh. The horns of the nyan measure up to 145 cm. and the animal normally remains at a great height, rarely descending to a level below 4,500 meters

 


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Double Back Camel
Double Back Camel plays very important roll of  public transportation in this area. This species is originally brought from Magnolia, but may be due to suitable natural stay conditions, they have continued their population here.

 


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Kasturi Mrug - Urail
It is very commonly seen Kasturi Mrug above height 10.000 ft.


Valleys of Ladakh

    
Indus Valley

This is a large valley formed by the main channel of the Indus River as it flows across Ladakh. It includes parts of Leh district, the Skardu region and the vast cold desert beyond. This valley consists of large stretches of undulating lands interspersed by high mountains across which there are many passes. The Indus Valley is the soul of Ladakh and is strategically the most important part. Its borders touch those of Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and India.


Dras Valley

The Dras Valley is an enchanting valley formed by the Dras River which rises in the Machoi glacier near the famous Zozila Pass. The river is joined in its course by many other rivers and streams flowing in from snowfields in the nearby mountains. The river Shigar flowing in from the north drains an adjoining part of the Dras Valley. In summer, as the snow in the upland melts, the volume of this river rises considerably. It meets the Suru River near Kharul a short distance away from Kargil. The short summer season in the Dras Valley begins in May, when the snows begin to melt. Crop sowing activities start late, while harvesting is done early so that the crops are brought in before the beginning of snowfall.


Nubra Valley

Visitors to this flowering glen find it a coveted treasure. During early summer, Nubra is clad in endless bushes of yellow and pink wild roses, and once the valley is through with the season of roses around August, a carpet of wild lavender lies gently on it. Nubra is also a relatively warmer valley in Ladakh and helps in growth better crops and fruits, making Nubra the orchard of Ladakh.

Map: Leh - Ladakh


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