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History

Ancient history and settlement.

The first Maldivians did not leave any archaeological artifacts.

Their buildings were probably built of wood, palm fronds and other perishable materials, which would have quickly decayed in the salt and wind of the tropical climate. Moreover, chiefs or headmen did not reside in elaborate stone palaces, nor did their religion require the construction of large temples or compounds. 

Comparative studies of Maldivian oral.Rock carvings in many parts of Ladakh show that the place has been colonized from Neolithic times. Ladakh’s oldest inhabitants consisted of a mixed Indo-Aryan population of Mons and Dards. It was a part of the Kushan Empire around the 1st century. Buddhism was radiated into western Ladakh from Kashmir in the 2nd century.

 

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Geography

Ancient history and settlement.

Extending from the Himalayan to the Kunlun Ranges including the upper Indus River valley, Ladakh is the highest plateau in India, over 3,000 m (9,800 ft). The Ladakh Range do not have any major peaks; with an average height of little less than 6,000 m (20,000 ft), also some of its passes are less than 5,000 m (16,000 ft).  Summers are short, but long enough to grow crops. The summer weather is dry and agreeable. Temperature ranges are from 3 to 35 °C in summer. In winter, minimum range from -20 to -35 °C.

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