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Locked between two of the world’s mightiest mountain ranges in the Himalayas, at 2750 metres, Ladakh, also known as “Little Tibet,” is renowned for its stark, barren beauty and Buddhist culture. The ultimate getaway, it really gets you away from it all; revelling in centuries old, splendid living culture. Often compared to the desolate, yet absorbing moon landscape, Ladakh’s austere beauty and sparse inhabitation have drawn tourists from afar; providing something unique that no other place does. A treeless region, snowbound for six months of the year, it also has the largest glaciers outside the polar region.
With the culture and lifestyle driven by Tibetan Buddhism, its ancient monasteries have gone about their way, unchanged since inception. Its capital, Leh, at 11,000 feet above sea level, is the highest commercial airport in the world. Enjoy trekking, mountaineering or river rafting or just take a ride on a yak and go off the beaten track – literally.
Of tourist interest: Nubra Valley, Pangong-Tso & Tso-Moriri(high altitude lakes), Lahaul & Spiti valley, Ladakh festival.
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