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Ladakh Himalaya

Pictures by QT Luong

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[1 : Overview]
[2 : Padum to Phuktal, Zanskar]
[3 : Purne to Shingo La, Zanskar]
[4 : Lahaul]
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Part of the Himalayas - including Kangchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world - are in India. Ladakh, situated in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is a former kingdom of the Himalayas that shares more common geographical and cultural traits with Tibet than with the rest of India. Some even say that Tibetan culture is nowadays better preserved in Ladakh than in Tibet. Like its cross-border neighbor, Ladakh is a high altitude semi-desert lying in the rain shadow north of the Himalayas. The only greenery are the irrigated wheat and barley fields near the isolated villages, most of which are accessible only by trails that follow deep river valleys. The sublimely austere and lonely mineral landscape of Ladakh is dotted by gompas, Tibetan buddhist monasteries, of which the most spectacular is Phuktal in Zanskar, clinging to the opening of a huge cave above a gorge. Zanskar is the most remote region of Ladakh, accessible by road only during four months of the year. By contrast to Zanskar and Ladakh, the Lahaul region (which used to be part of the kingdom of Ladakh), in Himachal Pradesh south of the crest of the Himalayas, presents verdant valleys.

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Chorten and mountain slopes, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Stongdey Monastary dwarfed by huge cliffs, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Lights and shadows, Karsha monastery, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Tsarap River valley, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Bardan monastery at the entrance of Lungnak Valley, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Perched monastary, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Tsarap River and Phugtal monastery, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Chorten, prayer flag, and Phuktal Gompa, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Phugtal gompa, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) People ascending a trail past a chorten below Phuktal,  Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Elderly women with turquoise-covered head adornments, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Women on trail near Padum, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Family herding cattle in arid mountains, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Ichack Village, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Gompa with monk on balcony overlooking verdant village, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Field of barley grasses, village, and hills, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Woman sitting on roof of house in front of mountain landscape, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Yaks and Gumburanjan monolith, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Zanskar River flanked by high cliff, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Snowy ridge above Shingo La, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color)
There are 20 color pictures on this page out of 71 color pictures of Ladakh Himalaya.

Themes: Zanskar River