Ladakh or the ‘Land of High Passes’ is a beautiful region located in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent.
It is one of the most sparsely populated regions in Jammu and Kashmir and its culture and history are closely related to that of Tibet.
Ladakh is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture. Sharing its east border with Tibet, Ladakh has Lahaul and Spiti to its south and the Kashmir valley to the west. Strategically placed on ancient trade routes, Ladakh lies between the Kunlun Mountains in the north and the Himalayas in the south.
Spectacularly jagged, arid mountains enfold this magical Buddhist ex-kingdom. Picture-perfect gompas (Tibetan Buddhist monasteries) dramatically crown rocky outcrops amid whitewashed stupas and mani walls.
Colorful fluttering prayer flags share their spiritual messages metaphorically with the mountain breeze. Prayer wheels spun clockwise release more merit-making mantras. Gompa interiors are colorfully awash with the murals and statuary of countless Bodhisattva.
Places to visit near and around Ladakh
- Zanskar and Ladakh Mountain
- Tso Kar Lake
- Khardungla Pass
- Magnetic Hill
- Nubra Valley
- Shanti Stupa
- Namgyal Monastery
- Hemis Monastery
Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is the main airport of the area. The flights are directly connected from Delhi and also from Srinagar and Jammu, flights run by Air India, Go Air and Jet Airways.
Reach Ladakh from Kashmir Valley through Kargil, which is around 434 kms. This route remains open from early June to November. J & K State Road Transport Corporation, runs regular deluxe and ordinary bus services between Srinagar and Leh. You can also hire cars, jeeps or taxis in Srinagar.
Distances by Road
Srinagar – Leh: 434 Kms
Manali – Leh: 473 Kms
Srinagar – Kargil: 204 Kms
Delhi – Leh: 1047 Kms
Leh – Kargil: 234 Kms
Kargil – Padum (Zanskar): 240 Kms
Leh – Deskit (Nubra Valley): 118 Kms