Leh Ladakh

[ale_toggle title=”Overview” state=”closed”] So, if it has to be a vacation in India that’s to be lived in memories for a lifetime, it has to be LADAKH! The colorful monasteries, steep curves, snow-topped peaks, double humped camels, burning sun, freezing winds and a destination that comes straight out of the world of fantasies. Bordered on the northwest with Pakistan, north with the Chinese province of Sinkiang and east with Tibet, stands this GIANT kingdom. The photographers around the world await for the Rohtang pass to open up its jaws for the road trip, that takes you through the steep curves of Keylong, followed by riverside camps amidst mountains at Jispa, and the beautiful roads of Baralancha La that leaves you spell bound by its beauty. If you have time in hand, you definitely must hit the road trip, for this is the place where the journey would mean more than reaching the destination. Once you are in Leh, relax and let your body acclimatize to this sudden change of altitude. Be to the Khardungla pass, and feel proud to be at the highest motorable road of the world. Speak to the military men on the route, they have some inspiring stories to share and then head to the Nubhra valley. The major attractions here are White sand dunes and double humped camels for ride. The another well known place to be is the color changing Pangong Tso lake located next to China border through Changla pass. You would be awfully smitten by the beauty of this “3 idiot’s” lake. Life at Ladakh is characterized by intense spiritualities. When you are here, visit the monasteries of Alchi, Diskit & Hunder, Hemis, Lamayuru, Shanti Stupa, Spituk, Thiksey etc. Another thing to look here is the priceless antiques and art. You might even bump into students from different parts of the world, studying Buddhism here. Other major attractions for the tourist worldwide have been the cycling , rafting and trekking expeditions at the region. Even if you are an Indian traveler, this world would not be same like the people you have left behind. Take this road for this is less travelled.. this leads to a whole new unseen world. [/ale_toggle]

[ale_toggle title=”Itinerary” state=”closed”] Place to cover – Khardong-La pass, Nubra, Sand Dune, Camel Ride ,Shey, Thiksey ,Hemis, Sindhu, Leh Place, Shanti Stupa (The Sun set Point) Day 01 Arrive Leh, Upon arrival in Leh, Welcome by our Local Representative and transfer to a Ladakhi style Guest House or Hotel. Rest of the day you require to take a complete rest for acclimatization to the arid high altitude of Leh (3505m). In the evening will enjoy the sunset point(Shanti Stupa). Overnight in Hotel. Day 02 Explore Indus valley.(Around 98 kms) On this day you will go a sightseeing trip to some Ancient Monasteries and most popular in this area. Shey Gompa is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17’Th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa. Thiksey Gompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspa order. This Monastery is more than 500 year old . Hemis Monastery, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17’Th century. The setting is perfect with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surroundedby Mountain and fronted by long Mani walls. Sindhu ghard Darshan to Holy Indus river. Amir Khan school Or 3–Idiot shoot school. Leh Place : Is build by King Sengge Namgail of Namgail Dynasty in 17th century. The Palace is nine story high and it overlook the Leh main Market, Stok Kangri, The upper story was earlier used by the royal family. Now The palace is open for tourist The collection of jewellery, ornaments, Thangkas, ceremonial dresses, crowns, and centuries-old pieces of jewellery are kept here for public display. Overnight in Hotel. Day 03- Leh to Nubra valley: Today after breakfast drive about 04-05 hrs [125 kms ] to Nubra – known as valley of followers. After drive about 02 hrs we will reach – “The World`s Highest Motorable Road” called “Khardong-La” high about 18,380 feets above sea level. From the top we can see the most beautiful view of Indus valley & its snow covered peaks towering the sky and other side of the pass if weather remain clear we can see Karakorum mountain range and peaks too. We descend down to beautiful valley & transfer to the Accommodation. Have a rest till evening, before sun set we will take you for a short drive to Hunder sand dunes to visit & ride double humped bacterium camel, later back to accommodation for overnight stay. If time permits we will have a village walk to see local people & its culture. Day 04 Nubra to Leh Morning after breakfast we will visit the most picturesque Disket monastery on the hill top. Later continue drive to other side of Nubra valley – was the main part of silk route. We will continue our drive back to Leh via Khardongla. Reach Leh & transfer to Hotel overnight stay. Day 05 Drop to Airport, Leave Ladakh with sweet memories . [/ale_toggle]

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So, if it has to be a vacation in India that’s to be lived in memories for a lifetime, it has to be LADAKH! The colorful monasteries, steep curves, snow-topped peaks, double humped camels, burning sun, freezing winds and a destination that comes straight out of the world of fantasies.

Bordered on the northwest with Pakistan, north with the Chinese province of Sinkiang and east with Tibet, stands this GIANT kingdom.

The photographers around the world await for the Rohtang pass to open up its jaws for the road trip, that takes you through the steep curves of Keylong, followed by riverside camps amidst mountains at Jispa, and the beautiful roads of Baralancha La that leaves you spell bound by its beauty. If you have time in hand, you definitely must hit the road trip, for this is the place where the journey would mean more than reaching the destination.

Once you are in Leh, relax and let your body acclimatize to this sudden change of altitude.

Be to the Khardungla pass, and feel proud to be at the highest motorable road of the world. Speak to the military men on the route, they have some inspiring stories to share and then head to the Nubhra valley. The major attractions here are White sand dunes and double humped camels for ride.

The another well known place to be is the color changing Pangong Tso lake located next to China border through Changla pass. You would be awfully smitten by the beauty of this “3 idiot’s” lake.

Life at Ladakh is characterized by intense spiritualities. When you are here, visit the monasteries of Alchi, Diskit & Hunder, Hemis, Lamayuru, Shanti Stupa, Spituk, Thiksey etc. Another thing to look here is the priceless antiques and art. You might even bump into students from different parts of the world, studying Buddhism here.

Other major attractions for the tourist worldwide have been the cycling , rafting and trekking expeditions at the region.

Even if you are an Indian traveler, this world would not be same like the people you have left behind. Take this road for this is less travelled.. this leads to a whole new unseen world.[/ale_tab]

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Arrive Leh, Upon arrival in Leh, welcome by our local representative and transfer to a Ladakhi style guest house or Hotel. Rest of the day you require to take a complete rest for acclimatization to the arid high altitude of Leh (3505 m) In the evening will enjoy the sunset point (Shanti stupa). Overnight in Hotel.

[ale_divider style=”bold” text=”textleft”] Day-02 [/ale_divider]

Explore Indus valley.(around 98 kms) On this day you will go a sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries and most popular in this area.

Shey Gompa is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17’Th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa.

Thiksey Gompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspa order. This Monastery is more than 500 year old.

Hemis Monastery, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17’Th century. The setting is perfect with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by Mountain and fronted by long Mani walls.

Sindhu Ghard Darshan to Holy Indus river . Amir Khan school Or 3 –Idiot shoot school. Overnight in Hotel.

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Leh–KhardungLa (18380fts)–Leh (58kms)(3-4hrs) In the morning drive for the Khardung – La Pass. This is the ultimate challenge of the trip. It is the highest motorable road in the world taking you to a dizzy 5,600m! The view from the top is spectacular, stretching from the Indus valley in the South over the endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range to the giants of the Sesser Massif in the North. You can feel proud of a true achievement as you finish the trip with your final satisfying descent.

Evening shopping and move around market Car will drop you to the Market You have to go back to hotel by exploring. Overnight in Hotel. Day 04 Drop to Airport, Leave Ladakh with sweet memories. [/ale_tab]

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Leh, 11, October, 2013: –  VisitLadakh.com – Focusing the students of Elezer Joldan College, Leh who will after their college pursue different jobs and business for their career and livelihood, a one day workshop on “Careers and Employability: Opportunities for jobs and Entrepreneurship”  was today organized at Degree College, Leh. Organized by District Employment and Counseling Center, Leh, professionals / resource persons in different fields including civil services, agriculture, diary, banking & management, army & paramilitary and academic/research were invited to share their experiences with students so that they could plan career suitably.

 The Deputy Commissioner, Leh Simrandeep Singh (IAS) who was invited to guide the students in opting civil services said that it is not only the trend of Leh students but the trend of general student masses of J&K state that while seeking admission in schools, colleges and other institutions is not focus oriented or career oriented going only for minimum basic degree following their fellow friends. Elaborating various career options in civil services, DC, Leh stressed upon the students to focus their aim right from the school with strong willpower and dedication saying that it is a matter of one strong devoted and hardworking year at the time of exam to qualify civil service examination.  Encouraging the potentials of Ladkahi students, he made a mention of C. Punchok, the first IAS from Leh who later succeed to held the post of chief secretary the highest position of  J&K civil administration.

 Earlier, Dy. Director Employment Tsering Paldan explained in detail about the aim and objectives of day long workshop. Other resource persons who shared their experiences in their respective fields are Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee, Sh. Mipham Otsal ( nsd) on importance of theater in career building,  D. Stoban Scientist DRDO on Academics/ Research, Sonam Puntsog Onpo on Diary,  Zubair Ahmad farmer  on low cost agriculture farming technologies for cold desert and Safina Zakir on Banking and Management.

The workshop was attended by all the students, teaching faculty of degree college Leh headed by their principal S.K Sharma.

Leh, 7 October, 2013: VisitLadakh.com – The present generation of Ladakh has to play a role of hook to pull the coming generation of Ladakh towards land based economy and to pursue this ultimate responsibility, present generation is in the best position equipped with wealth, knowledge and technology. It was said by CEC, LAHDC, Leh Rigzin Spalbar who was chief guest during a daylong Cow show cum farmers training programme at Thiksay village yesterday.

Organized by Animal Husbandry Deptt. Leh under ATMA scheme about 70 families mostly from Thiksay village including participants also from Shey, Rimbirpur, Nang and Stakmo villages along with about 200 Jersey Cows including Heifers, and Calf participated.

Emphasizing upon the importance of land based economy, Spalbar said that whatever we have, though in small quantities are very valuable to us as we Ladakhi are engaged in agrarian based economy since time immemorial and now it is a high time to make this sub sustained economy more productive and remunerative by exploring the fullest potential of agriculture along with livestock development. Stressing on reviving the strong cooperative culture of Ladakhi society, Spalbar urged every section of society to work together to achieve progress in their respective fields adding that present Council has already taken many initiatives to lead Leh district towards sustainable development. Said Spalbar.

Executive Councilor Animal & Sheep Husbandry Gyurmet Dorjey who was guest of honor on the occasion stressing upon the breeders to take such training programmes very seriously said that shifting towards land based economy is the top priority of present Council. Underlining recent achievements of Council, Gyurmet said that recently installed Rs: 1.30 crore Milk Pasteurization Plant at Spituk, sating up of New Clinical Complex at Skara and introduction of Automatic Milk Vending Machine Swap Operating (AMVMSO) in Leh etc will go a long way to lead milk industry of Leh towards new heights.

The Chief Animal Husbandry Officer Dr. Abdul Qayum in his welcome speech highlighting Ladakh’s immense potential in livestock urged upon the farmers to adopt new technology like artificial insemination for breeding of improved animals for better economic results and also urged to strengthen Thiksay milk cooperative society. He also explained in detail about the Ladakh Milk Union Limited (LaMUL) which would be run by societies with the help of Animal Husbandry and urged milk producing farmers to support LaMUL.

 On behalf of Sarpanches of Shey, Rimbirpur, Nang and Stakmo, Sarpanch Thiksay Phunchok Tundup demanded a fodder and feed bank at Thiksay so that farmers can easily buy fodder in the spring season when farmers face lots of problem due to scarcity of fodder. He also demanded Bulk Milk Cooler tank in Shey –Thiksy belt to facilitate farmers for storage of milk in huge quantity during summer months for smooth supply of milk.

Later, the chief guest gave away cash prizes among the farmers for their best cows. Best animal award was bagged by Skalzang Tundup (Stazur) of Thiksay while as first prize in the milk cow category goes to Tsering Yangzom Arzu-pa. Likewise, Tsewang Dolma Farkapa won the first prize for her Heifer in Heifer category. Similarly, in Calf competition, Chuskit Kagapa won the first prize.

Under RKVY scheme, two each farmers in all the Panchyat Halqa of Thiksay, Shey, Rimbirpur, Nang and Stakmo selected by their respective Sarpanches were also given prizes in the shape of 10 Ltrs Milk Cane along with Mineral mixture and supplements.

Leh: Sept. 24, 2013: VisitLadakh.com – Organized by Ladakh Heart Foundation (LHF) in collaboration with Salman Khan’s Foundation-Being Human (SKFBH) and Fortis Memorial Research Institute Gurgaon (FMRI), 16 selected heart patients children mostly from the poor families of Changthang region today marched for New Delhi to conduct heart Surgery at (FMRI).

 The Deputy Commissioner Leh,  Simrandeep Singh flagged off these children early this morning at Leh Gate and wished the patients for a safe journey and successful surgery. Terming it truly a great humanitarian service, DC said that helping the needy people in such an hour of need is the noblest contribution and expressed gratitude to the organizing team for making him a part of this great venture.  He assured help and assistance from the Hill Dev. Council and the district administration for such charitable purpose in days to come.

 Making a mention that these 16 children requires early heart surgery are shortlisted among 250 other children who were screened during the 2 days screening camp held at Ladakh Heart Foundation,  the SKFBH Spokesperson Harmit Singh told to the Media persons at Leh gate before sending off the patients.  He further told that FMRI team headed by Chief Cardiac Surgeon Dr. Sandeep, Pediatrician Surgeon and Intervention Cardiologist and other Doctors were here to examine and screen the patients who are sponsored by SKFBH to carry out heart surgery at Fortis Hospital and said that these children would return to Leh within two weeks with fit and fine, quipped Harmit.

Talking to Media, the Founder and Director Ladakh Heart Foundation Ven. Thupstan Chogyal extended thanks to FMRI and SKFBH for coming all way here from Delhi and selecting 16 children from Changthang region for heart surgery. Thupstan said that all these children are belonging to downtrodden families who were in highly need of such generous support for conducting heart surgery of their children.  He also applauded the Army Hospital Leh for supporting with the equipments during the two days screening camp. Chosgyal also added that LHF in collaboration with SKFBH intend to provide such medical camps in future to serve the needy and deserving.

Nawang Tsering, Director Chumik Travel who is also accompanying these kids said that he has provided his bus on a very minimal charge and added that Bus shall stay at Gurgaon to bring the children back to Ladakh after the surgery.

Leh: Sept. 22, 2013:  Visit Ladakh.com- The Annual Vegetable cum Fruit Exhibition (Kissan Mela) organized today in Leh as a joint venture by the Agriculture and Horticulture Departments under Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA).

The Executive Councilor Agriculture and Rural Development, Sonam Dorjey inaugurated the exhibition wherein apart from traditional agriculture products,  different varieties of  high quality vegetable  such as  Broccoli, bringal, water melon, summer squash, cucumber kholkhol, garlic, bottle gourd, pumpkin, capsicum, chilies etc exhibited. Potted flowers were also exhibited with gladiolus, geranium, canna, roses, godatia, dahlia, zinnia, aster, fusia, catnation, petunia and cactus which has mesmerized and enthralled the huge audiences.

In fruit section, different varieties of apple like Tha, Red delicious, Karkichhu, Mongol, Golden delicious, Apricot halman, Raktse Karpo, strawberry, pear, grapes, peach almond, walnut, and osmotically and traditionally dried fruits were also displayed for exhibition.

Impressing and appreciating the growers of Ladakh for producing such high quality agriculture and horticulture products, Sonam Dorjey said that Ladakh has immense potential in these two important sector adding that LAHDC Leh with the visionary leadership of Sh. Rigzin Spalbar has already initiated some concrete measures towards creating marketing facilities by opening Rural Haat in Leh through Cooperative Society ensuring good prices to the produces whatever having with the farmers.  Dorjey said that work on Rs: 6.00 crore cost Cold storage in Leh has already started which would further ensure extending life shelve of vegetables of the farmers and get rational rate. He also told that Army in Leh has agreed to take maximum requirement of vegetables from the local farmers saying that all these simultaneously created a new opportunity for the local farmers to go for cultivation of  highly income oriented crops.

EC Agri. appreciated  the Agri. and Horti. Departments for holding such Kissan Mela which is proving truly beneficial in sensitizing and encouraging the farmers in exchanging their views and experiences for better farming and take other important know how.

Earlier, the Chief Agriculture Officer, Mohd, Hassan welcoming the guests and farmers highlighted the objective of the Kissan Mela. He said that holding of the Mela with large participation of progressive farmers with their best products becoming helpful to identify such high quality produces which are conducive to Ladakh’s climates. He also underlined the success story of ploughing, harvesting and grass cutting machines in Ladakh and urged the farmers to use such machines for further development of agriculture considering its cost-effective as well as  acute shortage of manpower in the present scenario.

On this occasion, two progressive farmers Tsewang Norbu from Nimoo and Phuntsog Dolma from Ranbirpur also spoken describing their view points and experiences in farming.  They termed the Kissan Mela as a guiding factor all the farmers to know new techniques and methods for growing much higher quality produces. At the same time, they urged for providing quality seeds with sufficient quantity besides time to time training and guidance to the farmers.

Sonam Dorjey on this occasion distributed grass cutting machine and ploughing machine to the progressive farmers.

Stalls from DIHAR, SKUAST and other allied organizations were also opened in the Kissan Mela.

The Councilor Upper Leh Gelong Lobzang Nyantak, Councilor Phyang Tsering Sonam, Councilor Lamayouru Tsering Wangchuk, Councilot Deskit Tsewang Rigzin, Councilor Kyagar Rigzin Wangdus, Chief Horticulture officer, Sonam Phuntsog, Chairman, Panchayat Coordination Commisttee Captain Tashi Tsephel, more then two hundred progressive farmers of Leh district and officers and officials of Agriculture and Horticulture department also present.

Later, the chief guest gave away cash prizes among the farmers for their best products in different categories of agriculture, horticulture and flowers.

Leh: Sept. 16, 2013. (VisitLadakh.com) – The 2nd International Festival of Buddhist Heritage of Ladakh began here today with great festivity at Sindhu Sanskriti Kendre (SSK) which was inaugurated by the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad. The festival is supported by Ministry of Tourism, J&K State, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council ( LAHDC) and all Ladakh Gonpa Association ( ALGA).

Addressing to the jam packed auditorium of SSK, Gh. Nabi Azad said that Buddhism has admired the people world over for peace, tranquility and serenity and holding of such a festival on the heritage of Buddhist here with colossal participation from many parts of the world would play a great role in exchanging the harmonious experiences and uniting the diverse people in the world. The Minister said that during the three days festival showcasing the values of Buddhism through films, photo exhibition, heritage visits, cultural programs, monastic dances, meditations and Yogas and witnessing talks by the eminent masters and scholars would surely help in further promotion of peace and amity in the universe.

Referring to late Bakula Rinpochey as a great son of India, a statesman and a huge diplomat who had significantly contributed for reviving the ties with some important countries, Azad said that Bakula had immensely worked in spreading education awareness in Ladakh in those days when most of the Ladakhis were unaware of the importance of education.

Mentioning the rapid development taken place in Leh district during the recent times, Gh. Nabi Azad credited Nawang Rigzin Jora for his energetic approach and termed him as an unimpeachable minister in the State.  The Minister also made a mention of dynamism and vitality working manner of CEC, LAHDC, Leh Rigzin Spalbar  that has put Leh on growth and development.

Appreciating the vision and initiatives of Bikhu Sangha Sena, the Director and Founder of Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre (MIMC) , Ghulam Nabi Azad said that he has contributed a lot specially for the underprivileged  and needy people in different ways with special focus on the education of children from poor families of remote areas.

Shri Nawang Rigzin Jora in his address strongly urged for promotion of intangible values such as truthfulness, broadmindedness and calmness inspite of talking much on tangible things. He said that religion is purely a personal affair and said that we must follow the core values of the religion rather than indulging in ritual and ceremonial things.

The CEC, Rigzin Spalbar on behalf of the people of Ladakh extended heartiest welcome to Gh. Nabi Azad for his visit to Ladakh and reiterated that Azad Sahib has always been a true friend as well as a well wisher of Ladakh while highlighting the his contribution towards Ladakh region that has tremendously helps the region to move on the progressive path.

Making a mention of meritorious works done by Bikhu Sangha Sena, working selflessly in serving and uplifting the downtrodden people with scores of  welfare programs, CEC termed him as a light of Ladakh.

While expressing his view guest of honour  Skyabje Thuksay Rinpochey in his speech appreciated the organizing committee and all stakeholders for making the festival successful for the second consecutive year and likewise many delegates from various countries as well as different states of the country also spoke on the inaugural function.

Earlier, Bikhu Sanga Sena in his welcome address highlighted the purpose of the Buddhist Heritage Festival with main focusing to make Ladakh  an international Buddhist  pilgrimages destination in Asia where the visiting tourists truly feel the essence of spirituality  and get relieve from hectic life schedule.

On the occasion a souvenir Book was also released by the minister.

To mark the occasion, a scintillating cultural program which include an enchanting melodious Buddhist chanting by renown vocalist Aney Choyang Dolma from Nepal besides spectacular mask dance by the monks of Hemis monastery enthralled the jump packed audience.

Eminent delegates from Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, India, Repubic of Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, USA, Thailand and India.

Leh: Sept. 17, 2013.  (Visit Ladakh.com)- Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Gh. Nabi Azad praised the work culture in SNM Hospital Leh and he lauded the efforts of Doctors and paramedical staff for delivering excellent health service to the people of Ladakh.

The Minister was speaking at the inaugural function of the MCH wing, CT scan, critical Mobile Van and oxygen Plant at SNM Hospital Leh yesterday.

Appreciating the dynamic  approach by the J&K Urban Dev. Minister Nawang Rigzin Jora and CEC, LAHDC Spalbar in carrying out all welfare and developmental schemes effectively with strict supervision over the executing agencies to lead Leh as a model area Azad assured for more support in future for the development of the region.

Azad said that India has left behind many countries of the world in implementing new health schemes and programmes under ‘National Programme for Prevention and Treatment for Diabetes, Hypertension and cancer and initiated pilot projects in 100 Districts including Leh out of 650 Districts in India. The Minister said three major diseases that includes Diabetes,  Hypertension, Cardio and strokes or cancers will rule the world in next 15 years if timely preventive measures are not taken and he mentioned with high prominence that India has already started working on these disease control. Responding to the demand of MRI machine at Leh SNM Hospital,  Azad assured to take up the matter soon to sanction the machine for Leh.

Minister for Urban Development Nawang Rigzin Jora expressed gratitude to Azad for visiting Ladakh inspite of not being in the best of health and credited him for empowering Hill Council and other development like creation of more higher secondary schools, Tehsil and Blocks in Ladakh region.

Rigzin Spalbar CEC said that due to Azad support new era of development has started in Ladakh especially in health sector with many projects like Hospital campus worth 55 crore, ST Scan and oxygen plant worth 17 crore projects besides  critical mobile Van said CEC. He also extended gratitude to the Union Minister for organizing exposure training programme to the local doctors at Indian premier health centre AIIMS and assured to impalement  the fund in transparency manner in serving the people of the region by working  day and night for the welfare for the people.

Earlier, Executive Councilor for Health Dr.Sonam Wangchuk in his welcome speech expressing gratitude to the Union Health Minister for his constant support and highlighted ongoing activities and projects

Executive Councilors, former MP P.Namgyal, MLC Norboo Gyaltsan, Sarpanches and Councilor, Doctors, paramedics staff were also present during the function.

Deputy Commissioner Simrandeep Singh presented vote of thanks on the occasion.

The Union Health Minister, Ghlam Nabi Azad inaugurated the National Research Institute of Sowa Rigpa at Leh yesterday. After the upgradation of this Centre as National Research Institute in 2009, infrastructure upgradation was taken up in this new complex spending more than Rs: 1.50 crore.

The Minister for Urban Dev. Nawang Rigzin Jora in his speech highlighted the great role of Amchis in public health in Ladakh and to make it more systematic on modern lines with proper degree and certification, the Minister put forth a demanded before the Union Health Minister to open a college in Ladakh for appropriate study of Buddhist medical system.  On behalf of the people of Ladakh, Jora extended gratitude to Gh. Nabi Azad for his wholehearted support in granting recognition to Sowa Rigpa in India Medical System.

Responding to the demands raised by  Mr Jora to formalize the educational system of Sowa Rigpa on modern lines, Mr. Azad informed that Sowa Rigpa committee in Central Council of Indian Medicine is being constituted that will look into the issues of curriculum and education of Amchi system and assured to find a way out to establish a college for Sowa Rigpa in Ladakh in view of its immense role in public health. The Minister also appreciated the people of Ladakh for  preservation of age old manuscripts of Buddhist medicines system and its practices even today despite of highly advancement of allopathic medicines.

The Director General, Central Council for Research and Sidha, Deptt of Ayush, Dr. Abhimanyu Kumar in his welcome address expressed gratitude to Ministry of Health, GoI for support and assistance in upgradation of Sowa Rigpa National Research Institute at Leh with adequate infrastructures. He apprised the Union Health Minister about the need of scientific and technical manpower in this Institute to make it truly well in all respect.

The CEC, Rigzin Spalbar, Executive Councilors, Councilors, dignitaries, DC, Leh, SP Leh and some 50 Amchis representing various regions also attended the inaugural function.

Leh: Sept. 13, 2013. VisitLadakh.com -Ladakh International Film Festival (LIFF) was jointly launched by J&K Minister for Urban Development Nawang Rigzin Jora, veteran  Bollywood lyricist and filmmaker Gulzar and Chief Executive Councilor, LAHDC, Leh Rigzin Spalbar  today at Sindhu Sanskriti Kendra Leh amid galaxy of personalities from all walk of life.

The three-day festival being organized for second consecutive year features an elaborate programme ranging from screening famous international, national and local films and documentaries of selected films. To inspire the Ladakhi filmmakers, selected local films under special Ladakh section are also being screened.

Nawang Rigzin Jora in his address expressed immense pleasure and joy over organizing such an important and successful event for second year in succession, and he felt that Ladakh being chosen as the venue for such international film festival is a matter of great pride for J&K in general and  Ladakh in particular.

Minister said, cinema in general has had great impact on Ladakh’s economy in terms of attracting tourists in large number particularly after the film ‘ 3 Idiots’ which was majorly shot in Ladakh, and great film personalities like Gulzar, Aparna Sen, Vishal Bharadwaj and Rakesh Om Prakash visiting this region only reinforce such development and expressed hope that the filmmakers would continue to Ladakh with bigger film projects which would ultimately help in the growth of Ladakh’s economy. He expressed gratitude for having such an important event organized in Ladakh by a team led by Melvyn, the festival director.

On the occasion CEC LAHDC Leh Rigzin Spalbar speaking high of holding the film festival here for the second consecutive years with special focus on conservation of local fragile environment urged upon the filmmakers to chose this as an important theme in their future ventures. The other objective of holding the LIFF here is an attempt to bring Ladakh on the map of tourist destination so as to make it an important destination for national and international filmmakers besides it is for the local aspirants to learn a great deal from such experiences, he added. Spalbar appreciated the spirit of Melvyn and Meghna in making the festival a great success with primary objective to sensitize the people about the significance of clean environment through the medium of cinema.

Gulzar in his address expressed joy over participating in such an event being held at an altitude considered as the highest in the world. He said, it is a beginning of a new era of opportunities wherein the young filmmakers particularly from Ladakh could explore new ideas. He was also happy for his debut film “Mere Apnay” being screened as the premiere show of the festival.

The festival was also attended by Afghanistan Ambassador in India Mr. Rabdali among others, and he felt that the cinema is an important medium for significant cultural exchanges and reviving historical ties. He said, Hindi films are extremely popular in their country and people can know and understand Hindi watching Indian films. He also mentioned about the similar geographical features of Ladakh to that with Afghanistan and he was happy for that as well.

Renown filmmakers such as Arpana Sen, Vishal Bardwaj, Rakesh Omprakash also spoke on the occasion about the unique experience they have had on such a location at such a height.

The Festival Director Melvyn in his welcome address said that LIFF apart from making Ladakh a hub of International films committed to preserve the fragile ecology of this isolated region by sensitizing the younger generations through an online social campaign.

The Executive Councilor Agri. Sonam Dorjey, Executive Councilor Tourism, Mohd. Shafi Lassu, MLC, Norbu Gyalson, former MP, P. Namgyal, Councilors, DC, Leh, Simrandeep Singh, SP, Leh, Vivek Gupta, film personalities, films makers from bollywood and local film industry and top ranking civil officers attended the inaugural function.