The world comes to a standstill at the feet of Leh Ladakh, the Mecca of globetrotters! Clear blue sky, icy-cold breeze, towering mountain peaks, recurring chants of the Buddhist monks and freezing water flowing from the glacial heights describe the frenzy of Leh Ladakh tourism. Tucked at a very high altitude, Ladakh is over 3000 metres above the sea level.
Although, contemporary Ladakh lies within the geographical boundaries of Jammu & Kashmir, it is still more connected with Tibet than with India. The region boasts an approximate geographical area of 86,904 square kilometres.
Most of Ladakh is cold desert, as the Himalayas defy the entry of monsoon clouds creating a rain shadow over the region. Leh is the former capital of the kingdom of Ladakh, popularly recognized as the backpacker's paradise. Tourists are often seen flocking to the region out of love for trekking and hiking across far-stretched valleys and picturesque lakes. It is situated at 474 kilometres from Manali and 434 kilometres from Srinagar.
Back in the year 1979, Ladakh was divided into Kargil and Leh. Today, Leh district is tantamount to Ladakh and the two names- Leh Ladakh is synonymous with the land of monks and monasteries. Ladakh, on the other hand, is also recognized as the Land of Passes and the Roof of the World.
Due to its rugged terrain and barren lands, Ladakh still remains one of the sparsely populated regions in India with a low population of 270,126. Nevertheless, this does not prevent travellers from visiting the major attractions here such as age-old Buddhist monasteries, camp on the Ladakh plateau, a beautiful Gompa, treacherous yet amazing routes, rare mountain goats and much more.
Tourism in Leh Ladakh gives you the breathtaking chance to savour the exotic site and be closer to the sky.