India-the land that evokes flights of imagination and curiosity, a canvas of spectacle and colour ruled by a succession of native kingdoms, and often overrun and inhabited by invading armies of Central Asian origin, followed by theMughals and finally the British, transformation has been never ending and the results are deeply and visibly etched in today’s milieu.
A profusion of races and cultures, and the magnitude of their legacies, are evident today. This extroverted journey takes the traveller along a richly historic route, full of lore and splendor, punctuated by photographic attractions, and features varied sightseeing and sojourns in historic places.Ladakh, alternately known as “Mountain Desert” is a superb drama of altitudeand terrain-it lies beyond mountains so high that monsoon clouds can’t cross over to nourish the land, making it a rain shadow…that explains the starkness in the terrain and a barrenness that’s surreal. Its geography pretty much defines their lifestyles.
Where monasteries and the village share a name, and it is these monasteries with their fascinating corpus of traditions and treasures that have made the villages so famous: Hemis, Thiksay, Shey, Alchi and Lamayuru.The famous White Chadder Trek, on the Zanskar in the winters isno mean feat, and is every trekker’s dream. The Changpas are everywhere, their settlements are so typical of the nomadic way of life, save except for jeeps parked outside their patched up tents, instead of horses.