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Ladakh Himalaya

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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) Wildflowers and cultivated fields in the Padum plain, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Cultivated fields, village, gompa, and barren mountains, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Padum, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Chortens overlooking cultivations in the Padum plain, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Monastary at the base of tall cliffs, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Barren hills with figures walking towards Karsha monastery, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Zongkul Gompa, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Chortens in monestary, Padum, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Group of villagers,  Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Covered chorten river valley, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Bardan monastery, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Terraced roofs of village above river valley, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Dramatic light on barren mountains, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Houses lost in mineral landscape, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Cultivated fields, chorten, and Phuktal monastery, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Phuktal gompa, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Group of people on narrow mountain trail with yaks, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Chorten, trail,  and river valley, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) River Valley and cloud shadows, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Multi colored mountains, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Rocky slopes topped by village and gompa, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Village and scree slope, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Zanskar River valley with cultivation patches, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Chortens, cultivated terraces,  and village, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Stone fence, chortens, cultivations, and village, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Kargiakh village, with Gumburanjan peak in the distance, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Zanskar River and  Gumburanjan monolith, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Zanskar Valley flanked by Gumburanjan monolith, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Stones and mani wall, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Children, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Trekker crossing a river by cable, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Man crossing a river by rope bridge, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Gorge and precarious bridge, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Shingo La Pass, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Snowy peaks, Himachal Pradesh. India ( color) Valley with high cliffs and clouds, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Trekker and sheep herd, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Verdant valley, Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh. India ( color) Chortens and  prayer flags, Lahul, Himachal Pradesh. India ( color) Monestary, Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh. India ( color) Prayer flag, chortens, and verdant valley below, Himachal Pradesh. India ( color) House and eatery, Himachal Pradesh. India ( color) Crowd watching a performance, Keylong, Himachal Pradesh. India ( color) Market, Keylong, Himachal Pradesh. India ( color) Women in market, Keylong, Himachal Pradesh. India ( color) Prayer flag and cloud-capped peak, Himachal Pradesh. India ( color) Mountainside road with hairpin turns, Himachal Pradesh. India ( color) Braided river and mountain range seen from high pass, Himachal Pradesh. India ( color) Snowy peaks at sunset, Himachal Pradesh. India ( color) Hairpin turns on Khadung La pass, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color) Valley and road between Kargil and Padum, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir. India ( color)
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