Ladakh

Mohammad Shahnewaz Khan

Ladakh is a region in Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir that currently extends from the Kunlun mountain range to the main Great Himalayas to the south, 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 valleys, consisting of two districts Leh and Kargil. Leh is like almost desert full but Kargil has a natural chemistry between desert and greenery. The whole District is of high Rocky Mountains, desert arid, snow bound & devoid of natural vegetation. Ranges, from 8000 to 23000 ft. above the sea level and situated along the banks of the Suru River (Indus). The lowest pass to Kargil is Zojila which is at 11,500 ft. Seasonal fluctuations in temperature 35° C in summer & winter mercury drops to minus 48° C. Pangong Lake is the highest salt lake and it is situated high up in the Ladakh Mountains.

Ladakh is highly preferred place for travelers, bikers and mountaineer. I visited to fulfill my curiosity; I was influenced by a Hindi movie named ‘3 Idiots’. Traveling to Ladakh by Road is perhaps one of the most thrilling road adventures in India or for that matter anywhere in the world. There are about 1,800 km of roads in Ladakh of which 800 km are surfaced. The majority of roads in Ladakh are looked after by the Border Roads Organisation.

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