"Little Tibet"

Affectionately dubbed "Little Tibet" because of its geographical and cultural proximity to Tibet (it also is host to many Tibetan refugees), Buddhist-flavoured, politically semi-autonomous, Ladakh is India's most remote and least populated region. A land of soaring snow-topped peaks and plunging green valleys, this austerely beautiful region is like nowhere else in India. The stark mountain landscape, with its rocky ridges, dry plains, and glassy lakes, is peppered with colourful gompas (Buddhist monasteries), palaces, villages, and seasonal orchards.