This region is situated within the western end of the Himalayan range, known as part of Western Tibet but now governed by India from the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Ladakh as the ethnic region is called was never fully governed by the Dalai Lama from Lhasa but was a group of Tibetan kingdoms immersed in Buddhism as brought into the country in the 9th and 10th centuries. Now Ladakh is one of the few countries where Tibetan Buddhism is still practiced unhindered by other political regimes.
However Ladakh has been a politically sensitive area since China invaded this region in 1963. Due to this the country was only open to visitors in 1974.
Ladakh is in a changing and challenging position, the Indian army has a strong foothold here and tourism has of course added its own force of change and exposure. We hope change will be as enlightened as its spiritual understanding.