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Ladakh - India's Great Mountain Kingdom

Ladakh. Just the name gets the traveller high. Once a great Buddhist kingdom, it is today a strategic military outpost for India, sharing borders with China and Pakistan. Over the last few years, more and more tourists have been choosing Ladakh as a destination for its awe-inspiring scenery, demanding treks and rafting adventures, as well as culture. Enjoy these fascinating images from India's highest, and largest, district.

A Buddhist monk travels by horse with his companions near the village of Rumbak.

Ladakh - India's Great Mountain Kingdom

Mountains rise over the Pangong Lake in Ladakh, India.

Ladakh - India's Great Mountain Kingdom

Mountains rise over the Pangong Lake.

Ladakh - India's Great Mountain Kingdom

Signs displaying pro Indian slogans and the altitude are seen at the Chang La pass on the road to Pangong Lake.

Ladakh - India's Great Mountain Kingdom

A Buddhist monk departs from morning prayers at the Thikse Monastery in Ladakh. The Thikse monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Yellow Hat (Gelugpa) sect, located on top of a hill, approximately 20 kilometres east of Leh. It is noted for its semblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet and is the largest monastery in central Ladakh.

Ladakh - India's Great Mountain Kingdom

Young Buddhist monks pray during morning prayers at the Thikse Monastery.

Ladakh - India's Great Mountain Kingdom

A young Buddhist monk carries tea for elder monks during morning prayers at the Thikse Monastery

Ladakh - India's Great Mountain Kingdom

Young Tibetan Buddhist monks scramble for pencils being handed out by an elder monk at the Thikse Monastery.

Ladakh - India's Great Mountain Kingdom

Buddhist monks pray during morning prayers at the Thikse Monastery.

Ladakh - India's Great Mountain Kingdom

A young Buddhist monk prays during morning prayers at the Thikse Monastery.

Ladakh - India's Great Mountain Kingdom

The mountains of Ladakh are seen shrouded in clouds near Leh, Ladakh, India. Ladakh, nestled between the Kunlun mountain range in the north and the main Great Himalayas to the south, was once an ancient Buddhist Kingdom and for over half a century now, a strategic military outpost for India. Ladakh, sharing borders with both China and Pakistan, has seen an increase in tourism over the last few years, an alternative to Nepali Himalayan treks.

Ladakh - India's Great Mountain Kingdom

The Zanskar river, a tributary of the Indus, stretches out near to the village of Chilling with views of the Zanskar range.

Ladakh - India's Great Mountain Kingdom

A Ladakhi porter travels with his horses en route to Rumbak.

Ladakh - India's Great Mountain Kingdom

A yak is seen on the mountainside on the route between Jingchen to Chilling.

Ladakh - India's Great Mountain Kingdom

The horns of a Bharal or Blue Sheep, believed by Ladakhis to ward of evil and bring good luck, is seen on a trail near the village of Urutse.

Ladakh - India's Great Mountain Kingdom

Seagulls sit on the Pangong Lake.

Ladakh - India's Great Mountain Kingdom

Large rocks sit in marshes on the road leading to the Pangong Lake and the border to China.

Ladakh - India's Great Mountain Kingdom

Trekkers make the route between Jingchen to Chilling with views of the Zanskar range in Ladakh, India.

Ladakh - India's Great Mountain Kingdom

Buddhist Stupas are seen the village of Sku on the trek between Jingchen to Chilling with views of the Zanskar range.

Ladakh - India's Great Mountain Kingdom

A Buddhist devotee prays at the base of a 25m (75 ft) statue of Buddha at the Likir monastery.

Ladakh - India's Great Mountain Kingdom

At Basgo Monastery, a World Heritage Site in Ladakh, India.


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