Ladakh, located in the north of India, is characterized by barren lands and snow-clad mountains. The present Ladakh consists of Leh and Kargil of India, whereas Skarda and Gilgit, once the parts of pre-independence Wazarat of Ladakh, are now parts of Pakistan.
Ladakh stands on the old Central Asian trade route and the halting place, both for the trading caravans and armies. Traders from Baltistan, Kashmir, Central Asian countries, Tibet, China and Punjab and the Hajis proceeded to Mecca for Haj through Ladakh. The region has its unique historical, cultural, political and strategic importance, right from the past to present day.
The Ladakhis have their own traditional lifestyle, customs, ethical and aesthetic values which constitute the rich fabric of India. This book highlights the different dynasties who ruled Ladakh, which primarily include the Lachhen, the Namgyal, the Dogras, Wazir Zorawar Singh, and the invasion on Ladakh by Tibet. All the text offers good comparative studies of the past and present Ladakh in the wake of paucity of authentic information on Ladakh.
The book will be very useful to the students, teachers, researchers and also to the spiritual world.