The monasteries of Ladakh
Ladakh is one of the most culturally distinct parts of northern India, where ancient Tibetan Buddhist traditions flourish in the mountain town of Leh and the villages of this land of snow peaks and brown earth
In the very far north of the country and only an hour’s flight from Delhi is located the remote and culturally distinct region of India with breathtaking ancient towns, monasteries and some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the world.
Ladakh, often thought of as a smaller version of Tibet, is a beautiful desert region high in the western Himalayan plateau. Culturally and geographically very close to Tibet, the Ladakhi kings had for centuries been subservient to the more powerful Tibetan rulers to the east. Though it is a place of few resources and an extreme climate, the Buddhist Ladakhis, with their traditions of frugality and their intimate knowledge of the local environment, not only survived but actually prospered in this...
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