Do We Really Know about Ladakh a Lot?
Ladakh, is the highest altitude plateau region in India which covers 45000 square miles( 117,000 square km) and contains Ladakh Range, incorporating parts of the Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges and the upper Indus Valley.
Ladakh administratively is divided between Pakistan (northwest), as part of the Northern areas , India (southeast) as part of Ladakh Union Territory(since October 31, 2019); and China administers portions of north eastern Ladakh.
Ladakh, in which ‘La’ means Passes and ‘Dhak’ means numerous. Some of the highest and best passes of Ladakh proves why Ladakh is also known as “Land of High passes” are:-
Zoji La being roughly 11757 feet above the sea level, is one of the high mountain pass in the Himalayas in the Indian Union Territory of Ladakh. This pass is located in the Drass which connects the Kashmir Valley to its west with the Dras and Suru valleys to its northeast and the Indus Valley further east. The National Highway 1 which is between Srinagar and Leh, the capital of Ladakh, in the western section of the Himalayan mountain range crosses the pass.
Namika La or Namika Pass which is near about 3,700 m or 12,139feet above is also known as ‘Pillar of the Sky Pass’ is one of the dual passes between Kargil and Leh in the Zanskar mountain array. The foothills here are arid and offer a 180 -degree view of the valley.
Chang La which literally means “Northern Pass” (Chang- North, La- Pass) is situated at a height of 17,590 feet above the sea level. The world’s highest research station, established by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, is serviceable in Chang La at a height of 17,664 feet. It is some of the highest motor-able road in the world including Marsimik La and Mana Pass. Unlike other passes, Chang La with a steep and 15-km long road is maintained by Indian Army due to border disputes with China.
Tanglang La or Taglang La, an elevation of 17, 480 feet, is a high altitude mountain pass in the Indian Union Territory of Ladakh. The height claims to be the world’s second highest motor-able pass.
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