What is the history and culture of Leh?
Posted on Dec 12, 2013 by sushma.yadav
Think of Leh picture of Buddhist monks treading through snowy paths that’s what comes to your mind. This fascinating town has interesting history as well. It is belived to be known by different names in past. It was called Maryul-lowland by some, Kha –Chumpa by others. The two great Chinese travelers have also called by different names. While Fa-Hien referred it to as Kia-Cha, Hiuen Tsang called it Ma-Lo-Pho.
Its believed the first immigrants to this land were Brokpas from Dardistan who inhabited the lower reaches of Indus Valley. Buddhism found inroads to this land from Central India around 2n Century BC and via this city of Leh it travelled to Ladakh. Buddhism has always been a prominent religion in Leh, In 10th Century Leh was invaded by Tibetan rulers and remained under the rule of Tibet. By 16th century Namgyal dynasty came into power and rulers of this dynasty were largely responsible in Strengthening Leh-Ladakh. King Sengee Namgyal(1616-1642) was responsible for restoring the glory of Leh. He got many gompas like Hemis and Hanle reconstructed.
This city with rich history has a rich cultural heritage as well. It is also called the land of monasteries. Though Budhhism is a dominant religion in this city there is a sizable population of Muslims as well. People from other communities’ like Hindus and Christians also live here. There is always a feeling of harmony. As far as language is considered most of the people speak Ladakhi.
People here are also fond of their dance and music. Jabro, Shondol, Marriage Dance and Kampa Sumsak are some of the well known traditional dance.
So come and experience the rich culture and heritage of place called Leh.