Ladakh • state in northwestern India

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Ladakh in northern India is the state with the highest average altitude of the entire Indian confederation. The average altitude exceeds 3000 meters.

Ladakh was integrated into the state of Jamnu and Kashmir until 2019, when it became a union territory. Ladakh is sometimes called Little Tibet.


History of Ladakh


Cave paintings prove that Ladakh was inhabited since Neolithic times.

Buddhism spread to Ladakh from the 2nd century.

Ladakh was invaded by Tibet in the 10th century and a first Tibetan dynasty settled in Ladakh, the Lhachens who founded the kingdom of Maryul, ancestor of present-day Ladakh. This dynasty would remain in power for 5 centuries.

Between the end of the 14th century and the beginning of the 16th, many Islamic missionaries spread Islam in Ladakh.

Another dynasty replaced the Lhachens at the beginning of the 16th century, the Namgyal.

The Namgyal repelled most of the invaders and raiders from Central Asia and extended their territory as far as Nepal.

Over the centuries there were various wars between Ladakh and Tibet and the king of Ladakh made an alliance with the Muslim Mughals towards the end of the 17th century. But that was not enough and Tibet will emerge victorious from this war after which the independence of Ladakh was severely restricted.


Jamnu and Kashmir


Sikh General Zorawar Singh invaded Ladakh in 1834 on behalf of the princely state Jammnu and Kashmir, under British suzerainty.

At Independence and the partition of India in 1947, Ladakh joined India and China closed the border, blocking old trade routes in 1949.

Permanent tensions with Pakistan and China continue to exist in present-day Ladakh and the demarcation of the borders is still disputed.

On February 2, 2019, Ladakh became a separate division within Jamnu and Kashmir, which had been a popular claim in Ladakh since the 1930s.

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