Culture in Ladakh
Leh Ladakh wraps in itself a lovely cultural heritage which has been handed down by its ancestors. Inspired majorly by the Tibetan region, it has Buddhist culture with several spellbinding monasteries and gompas dotting the whole region beautifully. What is interesting to note that people from different ethnicities reside peacefully in the whole area. Talking precisely, central part of Ladakh has Tibetan population, eastern part has Muslims residing in large numbers and Afghans have settled in the western Ladakh. Language widely spoken by the inhabitants is Boti. Most appreciated fact about this region is that women are treated with respect and dignity.
Let us have a look at the top ways to explore the vibrant cultural heritage of Leh Ladakh region:
Culinary experiences: Going on a food tasting spree is an excellent way to delve deeper into the Ladakh culture. Momos, locally made beer, apricot jam sandwiches, butter tea and also some staple foods of the locals (tasting amazingly nice) tell us much about the culture, traditions and cooking practices here as most of delicacies have been drawn in by the Tibetan migrants. Know more about the cuisines of Leh Ladakh.
Homestay living: Homestay culture has been promoted greatly by the tourism board in Leh Ladakh region as it helps tourists from India as well as abroad to interact with the locals. Homestays are houses of local families where travellers can stay while on their trip (this is a very good way to know about the fascinating cultural practices of Leh Ladakh)
Fairs and Festivals: Festivals and fairs in Leh Ladakh are celebrated with pomp and show- most popular ones being the monastic festivals especially the Hemis Festival. These fairs and festivals host masked dances and dramas and also traditional music concerts making it look like a grand carnival. Click here to know more in detail about the Fairs and festivals of Leh Ladakh.