Leh is the capital of Ladakh, a region in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India. Lying between the the Kunlun mountain range in the north and the main Great Himalayas to the south, this region is among the most sparsely populated regions in the state.
Snuggled in the highest mountains, the Himalayas, Leh presents unique topographical features - Snow capped silvery mountain peaks and golden barley farmlands- both run together presenting a great picture. From the map, you can see that the area is watered by the Zanskar River that flows into Indus River just below. The Leh Palace is the most prominent structure in the area and the entire city of Leh, it seems, sprouts from this ruined Tibetan styled palace. Moreover, the city runs north narrowing into eroded snow-capped peaks. Rock and snow - covers most of its geology. This city with amazing geological and ecological features attracts thousands of adventure loving travellers from across the world.
District headquarters of Leh district in Ladakh, Leh experiences a harsh cold desert climate. During the extreme winters, from November to March, there can be a minimum temperature of about -40 degrees. However, summers are quite warm with temperature around 30 degrees, and clear skies. Weather is largely arid here as Leh is under the rain-shadow area of the Himalayas. Fondly known as the "roof top of the world", Leh is known for its climatic extremities. The fact is this is the only place in the world, which can give you sunburn and a frost bite at the same time.
In old times, Leh was an important trade route for trade of silk yarn, Cashmere wool, Brocade, Resins and Semi precious stones. It fell on the crossroads of old routes from Kashmir, Tibet and China. During the times of Dard colonizers, Leh used to be an important stopover Tibetan nomads and traders.
Since Leh is highly influenced by Buddhist Monks, one can see 2 nd century monasteries, monuments, stupas along with Mughlai mosques erected in 16th century. It clearly shows the mixed cultures of two faiths.
Technology in Leh
Although Leh is on the top of the world and is not that easily approachable, it has access to all the latest technology and modern facilities. It is the home to highest VSAT centre in the world. The district administration is making efforts to develop a technology society.
For tourists, there is no dearth of amenities and they can access all the facilities such as travel agencies; Hospitals; Internet cafes, Post Office; Bookstores, Curio shop and Gift shops among many others. In addition, travelers can have relish food of their choice at restaurants serving variety of cuisines.
If you are planning a trip to this interesting land, you must check this well-defined Leh Ladakh map.
Last Updated on : 5 March 2013