The secrets of Ladakh no one talks about!
The beauty of Ladakh
Ladakh is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the country. The land is seeped in mystery and enigma, and carries a few secrets that no one knows about. Here are they.
Peace before war
In 1971, when India was in a state of war with Pakistan, the war was paused mid-day to celebrate the famous Ladakhi festival called Losar! Colonel Chewang Rinchen who did the same was later awarded the Mahavira Chakra.
The Kung Fu nuns
If you visit the Drukpa nunnery in Ladakh, the nuns are dressed up in pyjamas and yellow sashes and sing along!
Shrine of OP baba
There is a shrine at Siachen basecamp that is called the OP baba shrine — The shrine is named after the soldier OM Prakash who single-handedly fought the attack on Malaun.
Everyone knows about the magnetic hill, a place where if you turn off your car, it will still keep moving! Technically this is just an illusion, but is a sight to behold.
The rocks of Ladakh
Most of the rocks in Ladakh ooze out a magic potion for your body — this potion increases vitality, vigour and is good for treating infertile couples.
The royal palace
The Leh palace known as the home of the royal family in Ladakh was built by Sengge Namgyal in 1600AD.
The famous school
The famous Druk White Lotus School sees around 200 pupils travel by bus to this school everyday to receive the best in education along with Tibetan traditions.
Love stories and more
Even though a peace loving state, inter religion marriages are frowned upon here — specially between Buddhists and Muslims. Once this happens, a lot of couples flee to Leh.
Next time you visit Ladakh, try staying in a home stay — the army helps locals build them and they offer a comfortable, warm experience.
Not many know about the, but Marmots can be found around Khardung La and Tso Moriri. These furry friends are super cute to cuddle!
The legend of Tso Kar
It is said that the fluctuating salt lake Tso Kar was formed when a devil drank up its water. When he took in more than he could drink, he splashed the water all over and thus formed Regul Tso and Starspapukh.
The highest motorable road
Everyone knows about the Khardungla pass, which is the highest motorable road in the world, yet not many know that around 18 men lost their lives while the road was being constructed.
According to tradition, the youngest child of the family joins the monastery — however this tradition is now dwindling due to increasing education in the region.
Calling the lamas
Do you know that you can blow a conch (sea-shells) to call as many as 120 lamas? These lamas respond to the conch call and assemble for lunch at the Karsha Monastery.
One of the most famous gompas (influential centres) of Ladakh, the Likir Gompa is said to be the abode of the snake king Jokpo. Here are more facts about Ladakh.
The highest settlement in India
The region is the highest settlement in India — The Suru and Zanskar valleys are enclosed by the Himalayas and the Zanskar Range on either sides.
Ladakh is also home to the highest bridge in the world — the Bailey bridge between the Suru River and Dras River in Ladakh stands at an altitude of 5,602 metres above sea level.
The two humped camel
Ladakh is also home to the Bactrian camel. This two humped camel has two humps on its back and is one of the main attraction of the Nubra valley in Ladakh.
The highest salt lake
The Pangong Lake, is a salty lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m. The lake is completely frozen in the winter and is a sight to behold!