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    Into and out of Ladakh by land

    by licinio1 Written Oct 23, 2007

    Favorite thing: Last summer I travelled from Delhi to Amritsar, Srinagar, Zanskar, Leh, to ruturn to Delhi via Manali, nearly all by land.

    Here is an account of my trip, which I hope can be of help to whoever is planning a journey to these beautiful regions.

    http://www.licinio.altervista.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=112&Itemid=40

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    Best People !

    by entity Updated Nov 22, 2005

    Favorite thing: Use these guys good service
    www.greatescaperoutes.com mail them greatescaperoutes@yahoo.com they will custom your trip according to your budget with good services at all the times through out your trip.
    Thank you

    Fondest memory: "We got stuck on Baralacha-la at 4800 meters heavy snow on the pass stranded for 4 nights with more snow coming evry day it was fun getting the hell out of there finally i managed to walk over the pass with my bro from Crdiff who had come to see the mountains saw a truck on the pass with a family inside stranded from past 5 days incredible effort of escape we damn opened the higway.

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    Best People !

    by entity Updated Sep 5, 2005

    Favorite thing: Use these guys good service
    www.greatescaperoutes.com mail them greatescaperoutes@yahoo.com they will custom your trip according to your budget with good services at all the times through out your trip.
    Thank you

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    incredible sights...

    by husain Updated May 17, 2005

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    high altitude road construction
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    Favorite thing: A sight that could seem almost surreal... At an altitude of over 18000 feet, these migrant workers are doing a routine repair job on one of the highest motorable roads in the world...
    The task of maintaining the roads is given to the BRO- or the Border roads organisation, a division of the Indian Army.

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    Preparations: Janet Rizvi's book "Lakdakh"

    by Saagar Written Dec 28, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Don't go to Ladakh without some knowledge of place, culture and history. Janet Rizvi's book is a definitie on the subject, and can be highly recommended for everybody going there or who have come back from there and wish to dwell on the memories and images and develop theri insight.

    (more later when I get a photo)

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    Walking the Himalayas

    by Saagar Updated May 7, 2004

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    My own mountain?

    Fondest memory: Together with a friend who was past 70 (I was 25 at the time) I had a week's time for a hike in the Zanskar Range. Quite casually we hiked around here, camping in a small tent, cooking on a gas stove, visiting yak and sheep herders and hiking into the alpine valleys. With camera and binoculars at the campsites we enjoyed watching the marmots and eagles playing hide-and-seek. At night wolves were howling and the creeks froze over, and at very high altiude (5800+) there was the odd snow shower. This was early August, so summer was at its best, and the Himalayan flowers were out in force.
    A mountain I went up to (my old friend watching from below) hadn't been climbed before, so the tourist office people afterwards joked about Olav Kangri (6050). But it was all calm, cozy, slowly and such an interesting week high up on the yak grazing slopes.
    I would like to revisit this area...

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    Leh town

    by call_me_rhia Written Aug 24, 2003

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    Leh as seen from Leh Palace

    Favorite thing: If there's a less interesting side in Ladakh, this is it's main town: Leh. The main streets are lined with stores trying to sell you everything and anything - in many cases possibly fakes. There's also quite a lot of pollution at dusk: some from cars but mostly from the nasty, noisy generators that keep the lights up in most shops.

    Fondest memory: The backstreets, however, are quite a different story: calm lanes, less pretentious shops where local people go buy things, and right above town an impressive fortress, Leh Palace. OK, it's basically a beautiful empty shell, but the views from there are terrific

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    The Indu Valley

    by call_me_rhia Written Aug 24, 2003

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    view over the Indu Valley

    Favorite thing: The Indu valley, the one stretching away from Leh, is the most populated and visited of all the Ladakhi valleys: it's full of monasteries built on top of barren mountains, and in summer there are several religious festivals with dances that one can attend. Then again, population is still very sparse.

    Fondest memory: Whereas the upper Indu valley is the most visited and photographed, I left my heart in the lower Indu Valley... much quieter, even less populated, with less spectacularr monasteries but with more interesting people and ceremonies.

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    The Nubra Valley

    by call_me_rhia Updated Aug 24, 2003

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    going down towards the Nubra Valley

    Favorite thing: The Nubra Valley is the "green" valley - nubra in fact means green. Coming down from the Khardun La mountain pass it's the valley you encounter. it's slightly in a sensitive area, so you need a red tape permit to get there - and even once there the places that you can visit are restricted. Green valley becuase it's much greener than the Indu Valley... and it's really easy to notice this... and as soon as you start to believe it... the scenery changes and you're surrounded with sand dunes... a sudden desert... and then green again: grass and orchards and trees.

    Fondest memory: Definitely seeing the high altitude desert - and rolling in the sand - soft and warm... if you close your eyes, you really can feel you're in the tropics... then you open your eyes and "magic": snow-capped peaks are all around you

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    Ladakh in a nutshell

    by call_me_rhia Written Aug 24, 2003

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    a barren ladakhi landscape

    Favorite thing: Ladakh... a buddhist enclave in the Indian Hymamaya. It is known by many names: the land of the high passes, the little Tibet, the Moonland, the last Shangri La. For me it's the world at the end of the world.

    Fondest memory: Amazing towering mountains, barren and proud... mountains like I've never seen before. Whichever way you look around you're surrounded by perfect natural beauty. And then there's the Ladakhi people: friendly in a shy way and smiling... smiling all the time in their bright traditional robes. Thy definitely are wonderful people

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    Visiting Ladakh is the most...

    by zumodemango Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Thiksey

    Favorite thing: Visiting Ladakh is the most wonderful thing I've ever done in my whole life!
    Although this place is in India(Jammu & Cachemira), it is usually called'Little Tibet' because it is not only geographically close to Tibet: cultural and religion, too.
    I recommend you some books to enjoy Ladakh:
    -A journey in Ladakh by Andrew Harvey.
    -LADAKH Crossroads of high Asia by Janet Rizvi.
    -An inside into Ladakh by Nawand Tsering Shakspo.
    -Ancient Futures, Learning from Ladakh by Helena Norberg-Hodge.

    Fondest memory: I miss everything what I saw and heard and felt there. I miss the silence in the mornigs, the starts at nigths, people I met, mountains, flowers... everything. When I was on the plane I was so happy to see the range, all those huge red and snow mountains but I could never imagine what i was going to discover. A wonderful land full of colour and happiness, light and beautiness. Everything is my best memory!

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    little bit of Ladakh history

    by zumodemango Updated Nov 14, 2002

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    Phyang

    Favorite thing: For close on 900 years, from the middle of the 10th century, Ladakh was an independent kingdom, its dinasties descending from the kings of old tibet. Its political fortunes ebbed and flowed over the centuries, and the kingdom, was at its greatest in thte early 17th century under the famous king Sengge Namgyal, whose rule extended across Spiti and wenster Tibet up to the Mayumla beyond the sacred sites of Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. Ladakh became recognized as the best trade route between the Punjab and Central Asia. For centuries it was traversed by caravans carrying textiles and spices, raw silk and carpets. The famous pashm(better known as cashmere) also came down from the high altitude plateaux of easter Ladakh and wenster Tibet where it was produced, through Leh to Srinagar, where skilled artisans transformed .

    Fondest memory: Ironically, it was this lucrative trade, that finally spelt the doom of the independent kingdom. It attracted the covetous gaze of Gulab Singh, the ruler of Jammu in the early 19th century , and in 1834, he sent his general Zorawar Singh to invade Ladakh. There followed a decede of war and turmoil, which ended with the emergence of the British as the paramount power in north India. Ladakh, together with the neighbouring province of Baltistan, was incorporated into the newly created State of Jammu and Kashmir. Just over a century later, this union was disturbed by the partition of India, Baltistan became part of Pakistan while Ladakh remained in India as part of the State of Jammu & kashmir.

    all this and more in: www.culturalindia.net/ladakh

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    Ladakh

    by j-san Written Feb 25, 2003

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    view from Khardungla Pass -  5,600 m

    Favorite thing: It is a large state and while there is danger from Shrinagar to Kargil - Ladakh is (for the time being at least) perfectly safe. It is best to visit in the summer months from June to September as the roads are closed the rest of the year. It is still possible to visit in winter from what I hear...

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    I LOVE THEE, WHO IS IN ME

    by Wangchuk Written Aug 13, 2005
    Lake Tsomoriri 4

    Favorite thing: The moods of Tsomoriri Lake photograhpy by Mr. Jenes Anrau.

    No photo or part of it be used for any purpose without his permission.

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    Apart from visiting Temples,...

    by zumodemango Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Apart from visiting Temples, Gompas, Palaces, you must do a trekking. Walk trought these hight passes, these mountains is more than expirience, it is life itself. (view from Konmaru La)

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