Beyond the Great Valleys of Ladakh: Understanding the Monastic Architecture
Edited by Shomika Sarkar and Dipti Shukla
  • ISBN 13 : 9789383419364
  • year : 2016
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Himalayas are the landscape of the mind, Ladakh defines it as a landscape. Ladakh, the region with world's highest mountains, was opened to the outside world in 1970s. Before that the entire region lived in oblivion inside their own world; ice cold winters and warm summers with green apricot trees blossoming in its barren landscape. The short summers are celebration for the people, dancing and drinking only to pave way for the apricot leaves to turn yellow and red; paving the way for arrival of long cold winters. Closing down of Tibet by China and similarity of the region to Tibet, encouraged people to travel and explore Ladakh. The unique landscape of white chortens, terraced Gompas, wooden mosques scattered in the barrenness of the land made it stand out and encouraged more and more travellers to explore and search for the lost