There are only a few places in the world which are not just beautiful and splendid but also remind one of divine splendor. The aura of these places is so magical that one can feel as though he is in paradise. One of these places is Leh, the largest town in Ladakh followed by Kargil and the second largest district in the country. It is spread across 44,000 sq.kms and located roughly between 32 to 36 degree North latitude and 75 to 80 degree East longitude. It lies 434km far from Srinagar and 474km from Manali. Leh is a district framed with mountains with three parallel ranges of the Himalayas, the Zanskar, the Ladakh and the Karakoram. The rivers Shayok, Indus, and Zanskar flow between these ranges.
Ladakh was divided into Leh and Kargil at the time of reorganization of districts in 1979 and now Leh and Ladakh are synonymous with each other.
Leh has been a meeting place of the caravans from Yarkand, Tibet, Kashmir and Kullu since ages. Ladakh is sometimes called ‘Little Tibet’ because of its similarity in landscape and culture. The temperatures at times fall below -40 0 C. Leh is not just renowned as the land of monks and monasteries but is also famous for its numerous trekking trails, valleys and picturesque lakes. The beautiful mountains and high passes are unique and offer the most thrilling experience while the beautiful valleys and the pristine waters are mesmerizing and enchanting.
The beautiful lakes with the Brahmani ducks effortlessly floating on the lakes and many other beautiful Himalayan birds flying above the lake together make up a beautiful sight.
The most interesting feature, however, is its wonderful people who are warm, full of kindness and hospitable. There is a mix of cultures in Leh and the features of the people vary from Mongolian to Aryan. The word that greets you at Leh is Jule, which is an expression of Hello, Thank you, Namaste and Goodbye combined.
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