More than a third of the Himalayas lie in India, spanning the entire northern stretch of the sub-continent – an astonishing arc nearly 3,200 kilometers long. Within this mass of peaks and valleys are some of the country’s most beautiful states. In the northwest lies Jammu and Kashmir‚ with the dramatic high altitude deserts of its Ladakh district. No other state offers such scenic diversity: green, alpine vales; flower-strewn meadows; rushing rivers and streams feeding numerous lakes; and glacier-topped mountains. Ladakh, most often referred to as the ‘little Tibet’, transports you to the high-altitude world of dramatic landscapes, rugged passes, ancient Buddhist monasteries and gentle, benign people.