Ladakh is popularly known as the “Land of high passes” and is one of India’s most sought after tourist destination for a very long time. It enjoys a favorable location, sandwiched between the Karakoram mountain range in the North and the Himalayas to the South. Ladakh is blessed with some of world’s most ancient and spectacular monasteries, fresh water lakes and high altitude roads, giving it a popular name of ‘Heaven on Earth’.
Ladakh is one of the finest examples of ancient Tibetan tradition and culture. The flourishing ideas in Ladakh stems from its long established trade routes through Tibet, Central Asia, Kashmir and plains of Northern India. It has always been the center for people, trade and cultures to intermingle with each other and its rich history gives a reflection of the influences from many surrounding places.
The original inhabitants of Ladakh are believed to be the ‘Dards’, or people of the Indo-Aryan race, followed by which the place came under the Buddhist dominance since the 7th century. While majority of the population in Ladakh is Buddhists, there are some clusters of Hindus, Christians and Muslims too. Leh Ladakh has been an apt depiction of nature and serene ambiance, reflecting a distinct Buddhist lifestyle. Large number of Buddhist Monasteries, or Gompa attract many travel enthusiasts and historians each year. All the monasteries are adorned in detailed ancient rock carvings, grand pillars and peaceful surrounding that promises a splendid retreat to all the travelers.
The Buddhist culture in Ladakh is also synonymous with quite a few adventure sports like Archery and Polo. People gather in open arena and accomplish these sports amidst singing and dancing. These sports gel beautifully in the ancient Tibetan culture and makes Leh Ladakh an incredible and exotic location for wanderers to explore.