Valley of Leh Ladakh
Though the population of the Ladakh is only 2 people per sqr km, the valleys of Ladakh have many hidden things to explore. These valleys have less or no habitation. For days, you will not see any sign of people in the valley. These valleys are the perfect destination for the adventure activities and the best way to explore the beauty of the Himalayan and Karakorum ranges. These valleys give a difficult time for the trekkers, mountaineers etc. Most of the valleys give you a break to explore monasteries and gompas. All the valleys in Ladakh are known for its specialties, like, Drass valley for the Brokpa community, Nubra for the orchards, Rupshu for salt lake, Shyok for Death River and Suru for snowfalls. To know much better about these valleys, the best way is to be there and explore it personally.
The Drass town is situated in the open and plane area. This town shows its two colors, one as a pleasant city in summer and the other wrapped in the blanket of the snow in winter season. Drass town has many willow trees beside the River and faces the lowest temperature in the region. This place is known as the second coldest place in the whole of Asia.
Drass valley has the habitant of Brokpa tribe, the tribe known to be the original habitat of the Ladakh. These tribes still live in the old style, they used to live before. Drass valley is out of cut from the rest the India for more that 7 months because of the snow fall. The summer season is for the very short time period in the Drass valley form May when the snow starts melting.
In between the Leh and Karakorum, lies the Nubra valley. Nubra means green, and the River flowing in the Nubra valley, keeps the area green. Nubra valley settlement is found near the Diskit monastery, which has an apricot orchard in the premises. Nubra valley is full of pink and yellow wild flowers in summer with carpet of wild Lavender. Nubra valley is the warmest valley in the whole Ladakh region. The Panamik hot spring in the valley is tourist destination in Ladakh.
Padum, the capital of Zanskar has very less population in the region. Padum is a region where Tibetan religion is worshipped with small populations of Muslims. Padum valley is situated in the northern region near Jammu and Kashmir. The valley is irrigated by the Doda River, which is fed by the Drang – Drung glacier. The valley has some monasteries which are worth exploring like, Bardan monastery and Kursha monastery.
Shyok is a central Asian name which means River of death. The valley is irrigated by the Shylok River which is fed by the Khumdang glacier. The Shlok River further merges with the Nubra valley. This River freezes in winter and become a way between Khaplu and Nubra valley and in summer it is over flown by the melted ice.
Zanskar valley lies in the east of Jammu and Kashmir and in the south east of Rangdum. This valley is the most out-of-the-way place in Himalayan valleys. The total population in the whole Zanskar valley is of 10,000 which are spread in the whole of valley. Zanskar valley is surrounded by beautiful deep gorges and breathes taking high mountains. The temperature in winter goes down till the minus 30 degree. This valley is closed for 8 months because of the heavy snow fall.
The suru valley has 25,000 a population in the valley and has an inhabitant of Dard and Tibetan descent. In the lower Suru valley, the population majority is of Shia Muslims. They are those muslims, which converted their religion under the influence of Thi – Namgyal. The lower Suru valley is fertile land for the cultivation. The willow trees give a good attractive view to the valley, and make it greener in color. The area near the Rangdum valley is more barren and dry land.