Ladakh “land of high passes” Ladakhi: is a region of India in the state of Jammu and Kashmir that lies between the Kunlun mountain range in the north and 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, the Persian transliteration of the Tibetan La-dvags, is warranted by the pronunciation of the word in several Tibetan districts.”
The largest town in Ladakh is Leh. Almost half of Ladakhis are Tibetan Buddhists and the rest are mostly Shia Muslims. Leh is followed by Kargil as the largest town in Ladakh. Some Ladakhi activists have in recent times called for Ladakh to be constituted as a union territory because of perceived unfair treatment by Kashmir and Ladakh’s cultural differences with predominantly Muslim Kashmir.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Leh International Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.|
Early Morning drive to Pangong Lake (4267m / 14000 ft.) via Chang-la Mountain Pass (18,000 ft/5,475 m). Mesmerizing vistas with the changing hues of the waters of the lovely Pangong lake. You go up to the shore of Pangong Lake till Lukung Village. Drive back to reach Leh by evening. Overnight in hotel at Leh.
Pangong Lake, is 6 kms (4.5 miles) at its widest point, and over 130 kms (80 miles) long, and is divided by the international border between India and China. Pangong Tso presents a spectacular view of the mountains, their reflections shimmering in the ever-changing blues and greens of the lake’s brackish waters. You get to see marmots on the way and the Kiang if lucky.