Facts and Interesting Points About Ladakh

Interesting Points About Ladakh

  • After the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories on 31 October 2019, the Union Territory of Ladakh was created.
  • Ladakh is bounded by Jammu and Kashmir union territory and Pakistan to the west, China to the north and northeast and Himachal Pradesh to the south. The ut also shares a small border with Afghanistan in the northwest direction.
  • Dras in Ladakh is the world’s second coldest inhabited region, after Oymyakon town in Russian.
  • Indian Astronomical Observatory at Hanle is the second-highest optical telescope in the world and it is located in Ladakh.
  • Pangong Lake is located in Ladakh. The lake is located at 4350 meters from sea level. It is the world’s highest located saltwater lake. The Pangong lake freezes during winter.
  • The Magnetic Hill or Gravity Hill of Ladakh seems to pull everything upwards. But it was an optical illusion created by carving out the nearby slopes in such a way that the downward slope of the road looks upward.
  • The people of Ladakh follow the Tibetan calendar. The Tibetan calendar has all months having equal 30 days and there is an additional month in each 3rd year.
  • Some of the world’s highest motorable mountain passes like Umling La and Khardung La are located in Ladakh.
  • In Lamayuru village of Ladakh, the soil, rock and environment view looks similar to the moon’s surface. The Lunar landscape makes the place unique.
  • Though Ladakh is a high-altitude mountainous and arid region, still it is the home to around 225 bird species.
  • Rare twin-humped Bactrian camels are seen in the Nubra valley. These camels are native to the Gobi desert of Mongolia and were imported here during the silk trade time.
  • Hemis National Park is a high-altitude national park in Ladakh. It is the largest national park in India. The National Park is famous for its snow leopards.
  • Siachin Glacier is an Indian military base located in the high-altitude regions of Ladakh and it is the highest battleground in the world.

More Informations About Ladakh

General Details About Ladakh

Formation as UT 31 October 2019
Capital Leh
Lieutenant Governor Radha Krishna Mathur
Districts 2
Area (km2) 59,146 
Official Languages Hindi, English

Demography of Ladakh

Population (2011 Census) 274,289
Population Density (per km2) 4.6

Forest & Wildlife Reserves in Ladakh

  1. Karkoram Wildlife Sanctuary
  2. Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary

Major Rivers in Ladakh

  1. Indus River
  2. Chenab River
  3. Nubra River
  4. Shyok River
  5. Zanskar River

Important Mountains in Ladakh

  1. K12 (7428 m)
  2. Gya
  3. Point 5608
  4. Mamostong Kangri
  5. Teram Kangri I
  6. Shahi Kangri
  7. Machu Kangri
  8. Junkar

Mineral Deposits in Ladakh

  1. Borax
  2. Granite
  3. Limestone
  4. Marble
  5. Arsenic Ore
  6. Sulphur

Airports in Ladakh

  1. Kargil Airport
  2. Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (Leh)

Traditional Dances in Ladakh

  1. Khatok Chenmo
  2. Shondol Dance
  3. Kompa Tsum-Tsag
  4. Mentok Stanmo
  5. Koshan Dance
  6. Shon Dance
  7. Cha-rtses Dance
  8. Brokpa Dance
  9. Loshon Dance
  10. Jabro

Art and Crafts of Ladakh

  1. Namda Making
  2. Carpet Weaving
  3. Clay Moulding
  4. Ladakhi Garment Making.
  5. Embroidery
  6. Silver Filigree
  7. Fresco Painting
  8. Wood Carving

Regional Festivals Ladakh

  1. Losar Festival
  2. Tak-Tok
  3. Saka Dawa Festival
  4. Hemis Festival
  5. Sindhu Darshan
  6. Phyang Tsedup Festival
  7. Matho Nagrang Festival
  8. Tak Tok Festival
  9. Dosmoche Festival

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