Ladakh is a plateau surrounded by high mountains in the western part of the Himalayas, up the Indus river. Ladach is known as the land of passes or a small Tibet. Nowadays, after the events in the best known part of Chinese Tibet, Ladakh is very often described as the last true Tibet. People there have freedom of religion and temples there are in much better condition than anywhere else.
In ancient times, the silk route that linked India with Tibet went through this place. There were also Buddhist monks who settled down and built on the slopes buddhist monasteries. Till the end of X century Ladakh was a part of Tibet, then it became a separate principality (Namgyal dynasty). In XIV century it was under Mughals reign, then under English reign. When India became independent in 1947 Ladakh became its part.
Because of harsh living conditions this place was never densly populated, there is 1 inhabitant per square kilometre. The weather In Ladakh is always good for tourists, because the monsoon, which we can face near Delhi, doesn’t reach there. Medium rain falls are comparable to Sahara desert. These conditions created a severe beauty and a special desert like charakter of this land. Majority of its inhabitants built houses which don’t take possibility of raining into account, which can be seen n their construction. Due to the great heights (over 3500 above the sea level) we shouldn’t expect the heat there. Average temperature during the day in August/September can be about 15-20 C degrees. It can also be windy