Secrets of Ladakh That Locals Keep To Themselves

Tripoto

Every land holds its secrets in its hidden corners. The most stunning stories from Ladakh are still unheard secrets. Its culture is still an unsolved enigma for many. Here are 15 deepest secrets of the Himalayan wonderland that the locals would rather keep to themselves.

Cover Image Credits: Roberto Santini

1. In 1971, the war with Pakistan was paused to celebrate Losar

Colonel Chewang Rinchen captured Turtok and suddenly decided to pause the war with Pakistan, keeping in mind local sentiments on Losar. Colonel Rinchen also received the Mahavir Chakra at the age of 17 and the army renamed Corps lecture Hall after him in 2006 as Rinchen Auditorium near Leh Airport.

Photo of Secrets of Ladakh That Locals Keep To Themselves 1/15 by Disha Kapkoti

Image Credits: wikimedia

2. Kung Fu nuns of Ladakh

Every morning at the Drukpa nunnery in Ladakh the nuns dress up in pyjamas and yellow sashes and the voice of their hee-yaas echo across the serene hills. The kung fu nuns are figures of a new age in the 800 year old Drukpa buddhist sect.

Photo of Secrets of Ladakh That Locals Keep To Themselves 2/15 by Disha Kapkoti

Image Credits: wikimedia

3. Shrine of OP baba

At the Siachen Basecamp, the shrine of OP Baba is a sacred corner to celebrate the well-being of the soldiers. Named after soldier OM Prakash who single-handedly fought the attack on Malaun, the shrine is a place where the soldiers pledge to give up alcohol and tobacco during their posting in Saichen.

Photo of Secrets of Ladakh That Locals Keep To Themselves 3/15 by Disha Kapkoti

Image Credits: majorkalsiclasses

4. Magnetic Hill

If you turn off your car engine at the Magnetic Hill, it will still keep moving. 30km from Leh on the Kargil Highway, you can see the unbelievable happen for real.

Photo of Secrets of Ladakh That Locals Keep To Themselves 4/15 by Disha Kapkoti

Image Credits: wikimedia

5. Rocks of Viagra

The magic drug which oozes out of the rocks in Ladakh is gold for your body if you know what Shilajit is. It burns fat, increases bone strength and is most importantly used for treating infertile couples.

Photo of Secrets of Ladakh That Locals Keep To Themselves 5/15 by Disha Kapkoti

Image Credits: wikimedia

6. Entombed bodies of Mongols in temple foundation

The abode of the royal family of Ladakh, the Leh Palace, was built by Sengge Namgyal in 1600AD. It is believed that he entombed the bodies of Mongol invaders in the temple's foundation to ward off future attacks.

Photo of Secrets of Ladakh That Locals Keep To Themselves 6/15 by Disha Kapkoti

Image Credits: wikimedia

7. Druk White Lotus School

Around 200 pupils travel by bus to this school everyday and receive the best in class education maintaining rich cultural traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. With passive solar heating, gravity feed water system and seismic design and safety, the school passes all test of sustainability and has received international acclaim for its design.

Photo of Secrets of Ladakh That Locals Keep To Themselves 7/15 by Disha Kapkoti

Image Credits: dwls

8. Lovers fleeing to Leh

In this silent corner of India, a religious conflict would be the last thing you would expect but often when a Buddhist falls in love with a Muslim, the two communities don't take it well. There are numerous stories of couples from villages fleeing to Leh to find their love haven.

Photo of Secrets of Ladakh That Locals Keep To Themselves 8/15 by Disha Kapkoti

Image Credits: Praveen

9. Indian army training people to build homestays

To promote rural entrepreneurship in Ladakh, the Indian Army is promoting the efforts of the locals to build comfortable homestays. To help the local economy, the army also sources their fruits and vegetables from the local farmers.

Photo of Secrets of Ladakh That Locals Keep To Themselves 9/15 by Disha Kapkoti

Image Credits: Laura Blankenship

10. Find a Marmot to cuddle

Do you wish to find a pet midst this calm landscape? Around Khardung La and Tso Moriri you can trace Himalayan marmots from the road. These tiny things love to cuddle and are quite friendly.

Photo of Secrets of Ladakh That Locals Keep To Themselves 10/15 by Disha Kapkoti

Image Credits: Wikipedia

11. The myth of Tso Kar

The locals believe that millions of years back a devil drank up from the overflowing Tso Kar. And when he drank more than he could, he spluttered the water all over and thus formed Regul Tso and Starspapukh.

Photo of Secrets of Ladakh That Locals Keep To Themselves 11/15 by Disha Kapkoti

Image Credits: Wikimedia

12. Road across Khardungla

18 men lost their lives in building the highest motorable road at Khardung La. The construction of Bailey Bridge on this glaciated patch is unique in the sense that its ends rest on hard ice and it is also the highest bridge in the world.

Photo of Secrets of Ladakh That Locals Keep To Themselves 12/15 by Disha Kapkoti

Image Credits: Ajay Panachickal

13. The tradition of the order

It's a Ladakhi tradition to send the youngest child of the family to join the monastery. Though with dwindling tradition the practice is no longer common but teenagers voluntarily join the order.

Photo of Secrets of Ladakh That Locals Keep To Themselves 13/15 by Disha Kapkoti

Image Credits: Sharada Prashad CS

14. Blow a conch to call 120 lamas for lunch at Karsha Monastery

Finding no other way to round them up, the lamas assemble at the sound of the conch during lunch and dinners. There can be no other way to signal the call to 120 resident lama in the 30 buildings spread all over the hill slope.

Photo of Secrets of Ladakh That Locals Keep To Themselves 14/15 by Disha Kapkoti

Image Credits: Wikimedia

15. Where the snake king slept

Buddhists believe that the snake king Jokpo slept at the Likir Gompa. The word Likir is derived from lukhgil which means coiled snake. It is one of the richest and most influential gompas in Ladakh.

Photo of Secrets of Ladakh That Locals Keep To Themselves 15/15 by Disha Kapkoti

Image Credits: Fulvio Spada

There are beautiful stories waiting to sweep you off your feet. Explore, dream and say yes to great stories in life.

Share this with someone who is dreaming of a Ladakh trip and gift them new grounds to explore.

60 Comment(s)
Sort by:
I m working in leh from last two year, and its a wonderful place to visit...
Mon 08 22 16, 10:23 · Reply · Report
Why do people believe in magnetic hill there is nothing magnetic about it . I stayed in leh for 4 months it's just a tourist attraction created by the army .
Sun 08 21 16, 22:23 · Reply · Report
Love your posts...Keep up the good work
Sat 08 20 16, 03:49 · Reply · Report
how is magnetic hill a seceret, forcefully created 15 points.. would have been happy with 6-7 too . anyway nice write up
Fri 08 19 16, 03:44 · Reply · Report
I went there almost three yrs back and had such a nice experience I suggest my close ones to must visit leh in their life time. I m fascinated by its natural beauty and including people, they are very honest. It's my wish to go there again and live there for sometime ... I don't bother what happened in the past just live for today and enjoy life to the fullest...
Thu 08 18 16, 01:10 · Reply · Report
Show More Comments