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About Ladakh

A mystical land with rugged terrains, snow capped peaks, chanting monks, chiming monastery bells and colourful costumes. In Tibet, Ladakh is commonly called La- Tag and Maryul “Red Land”. It was called Kho-Chan-Pa “Snow land” by the old Chinese traveler Fa-Hien. Ladakh has been the dream of adventure lovers and those in search af peace and solitude. For this reason, travelers call it ‘Little Tibet’. Situated between 30 degree to 36 degree east latitude and 76 degree to 79 degree north longitude, with altitudes ranging from 2750 m at Kargil to 7672 m at Sasar Kangri in the Karakoram, Ladakh is spread over an area of 96,701 Sq.Kms bounded by the great Himalayas and Karokoram Range.

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Religious Symbols

The cone shaped stupas generally painted white are built as a relic and to honour the Boddhisattavas or Living Bhuddha. The chortens symbolize five elements of of nature; Earth, Water, Fire and Air. The base of the chorten rectangular shaped represents earth. Circular tomb shaped is water. The conical shape signifies fire and the top crescent is the air.

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Art, Craft Shopping in Ladakh

The craftsmanship in Ladakh has been mostly used far the divinity purpose in the monasteries and homes. The wood carving with dragon designs embossed on it is a craft adapted in some villages. The daily use items like jewelry boxes and others are made in attractive colours with different lucky signs of Buddhism.

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Cycling in Ladakh

Cycling in ladakh offers a thrilling experience for those who dream of cycling through the highest mountain range in the world. Cycling at all levels can be a welcome experience. In Ladakh, one can come across many of the attractive Buddhist Gompas on the way while cycling through beautiful local villages, all at the backdrop of the snow-coated Himalayan mountain ranges.