The land of high passes – marks the boundary between the peaks of the western Himalaya and the vast Tibetan plateau. Opened up to tourism in 1974, Ladakh hasw been variously described as ‘the Moonland’. “Little Tibet” and even ‘the last Shangri-la’. Whatever the description, it’s one of the most remote regions of India.
The high culture of Ladakh is Buddhist, having close cultural and trading connections with Tibet. This is particularly evidend in the most populated region of Leh and the Indus Valley, with its many whitewashed gompas (Monasteries) and forts perched on top of sugarloaf mountains.
There are many Historic Monasteries to visit in Ladakh.
Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Shankar Gompa, Leh Palace, Spituk Monastery, Phyang Monastery, Takthog Gompa,Chernrey Monastery, Hemis Monastery, Stakna Monastery, Matho Monastery, Bagso Monastery, Likir Monastery,Alchi Gompa , Rizong Monastery , Lamayuru Monastery , Mulbek Gompa , Shergol Monastery, Shey Monastery,Thiksey Monastery, Stok Palace
The Isolated region of Zanskar is composed of a number of small mountain-locked valleys to the south of Ladakh. The valleys are bounded to the north by the Zanskar Range, and to the south by the main Himalaya. To the east and west, high ridges linking the Himalaya and Zanskar mountains ensure that there is no easy connection between Zanskar and the world outside world.