Situated in the lap of nature, full of mesmerizing beauty, Ladakh has been bestowed with the heavenly advantages on this earth by the nature. In the north, the Kunlun mountain range and the main Great Himalayas to the south further make it an amazing place what we hear in fairy tales on this earth. The snow fall from the heaven, grace of God, makes it more divine. The majestic lakes define the image of this beautiful place and the snow capped mountains look like a painter has painted his dream land. The place away from all materialistic things is a complete serene place. One will find himself dwelling in the paradise and with direct contact of Divinity. Mere words may not do justice with its beauty, this is a must visit place to explore more about the Indian diversity.
Ladakh is a region of Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is also known as ‘the land of high passes’ and sparsely populated regions in the state with its culture and history similar to Tibet. Geographically it borders Tibet to the east, the Lahaul and Spiti to the south, the Vale of Kashmir, Jammu and Baltiyul region to the west, and the trans–Kunlun territory of Xinjiang to the far north. Ladakh is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture. It is believed that it is the only place on this earth where you can enjoy frostbite and sunburn at the same time.
Ladakh is the highest plateau of Kashmir with its height up to 3000 m (9800ft). It spans the Himalayan and Karakoram ranges and the upper Indus River valley. The Indus River is considered to be the backbone of Ladakh. Most major historical and current towns are Shey, Leh, Basgo and Tingmosgang, all situated close to the Indus River.
Being close to the Tibet it is sometimes also known as ‘Little Tibet’, mostly inhibited by the people of Tibetan descent and is an epitome of Tibetan culture, monasteries, and stunning landscape. Moreover its culture and history is also close to that of Tibet.
Famous Places to Visit:
It is located 15 km from Leh to Hemis at an average elevation of 11,204 feet. The town of Ladakh is famous for Sindhu Darshan Festival, held at the banks of River Sindhu. It is said that this place was built by king of Ladakh, Lhachen Palgyigon, 555 years ago. It is also famous for the largest golden Buddha statue of Ladakh. It is also famous for Shey Monastery ( Gumpa). It can be visited from June through late September
It is another beautiful place in Ladakh, which used to be the capital of Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh. It is situated at an altitude of 11,562ft. It is connected in southwest with Srinagar with NH 1D and via Leh – Manali Highway in south to Manali. The landscape is dominated by the mountains and its altitude is somewhere 3500 m. From October to early March, it has very cold climate with harsh winter. During winter, there is very beautiful but occasional snowfall. One can visit Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, War Museum, Chamba Temple.
Hemis, known for the Hemis Monastery, is situated in the southeast of Leh. It was built by then King Senge Nampar Gyalva in 1672. It holds a colorful festival in July, which is famous among tourists.
The second largest town of Ladakh is surrounded by mountains from all the sides, serves as the headquarters of Kargil district of Ladakh. The climate is temperate with hot days and cool nights in summer.
- PANGONG LAKE
It became a choice of visitors after blockbuster movie 3 Idiots was shot here. It is at 6 hours drive from Leh.
- TSOMORIRI LAKE
Famous for the migratory birds, it is another high altitude lake after Pangong Lake.
There are several other places too, which can be visited like:
- Lamayuru Village and Monastery
- Sand Dunes at Hunder
- Nubra Valley
Films Shot in Ladakh
Ladakh has always been one of the best places for movie directors. Its natural beauty has attracted many of them. The place has been comfortable for lime light and camera too. From movie makers to photographers, all find desired things. Following is the list of some movie shots:
- ‘Haqeqat’ is the first Indian movie to be shot in Leh in 1964.
- ‘Lakshya’ (starring Hrithik Roshan & directed by Farhan Akhtar) was shot at Tanglang La Pass in Ladakh
- Few scenes of Rakeysh Mehra’s movie Bhaag Milka Bhaag, (where Milkha trains for the Olympics) that were shot in Ladakh in the Nubra valley.
- Many scenes of the blockbuster movie ‘3 Idiots’ is shot here like Rancho’s (phunsukh wangdu’s) school, is actually the ‘Druk white lotus school’ in Ladakh, Pangong lake in Ladakh, where Kareena Kapoor finally meets Aamir Khan
- SRK in ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ rides across the Indus Valley in Ladakh.
- ‘Tu Hi Tu Satrangi Re’ from Dil Se is also shot here.
Mumbai, June 5 — With its breathtaking landscapes, Ladakh is one of the most beautiful shooting locations in India. Since the region has a large number of army personnel stationed there, most film crews that come to shoot there also end up becoming friends with the jawans.
Akshay Kumar’s next production, featuring boxer-turned-actor Vijender Singh, has been shot across 200 locations in Ladakh. So when the jawans, who had helped the crew in many ways during the shoot, requested the makers for a special screening of the film there, they agreed to organize not just any show, but the very first one.
When contacted, the film’s director Kabir Sadanand says, “I come from an army background, so when I got the letter from the army requesting a screening, tears welled up in my eyes. I called them and told them that I will host the premiere of the film there.”
The venue for the show will a unique one. “The event will be held at a cinema hall, which happens to be the world’s highest theatre. I will attend it with my producer Ashwini Yardi,” says Sadanand.
ACTIVITIES TO DO IN LADAKH
As Ladakh is famous tourist stop, so is it famous among people who love doing adventures. The mountains, rivers, lakes and wild life always attract people for exploration.