International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development

International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development


International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
Vol. 4, Issue 7 (2017)

Buddhist tourism in Ladakh


Manzoor Ahmad Khan

Ladakh literally meaning “Land of High Passes’’ is a cold desert area situated in Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir, lies between Kunlun Mountain in the North and Greater Himalayas in South and having an immense potential for Buddhist tourism. Also known as Moon Land and Last Shangrilla, Ladakh is one of the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir State, consisting of two districts viz Leh and Kargil with Boti (Ladakhi) as main language. Buddhism being major religion has deep influence of Tibetan Buddhism, which follows the Mahayana and vajrayana schools. In this form of Buddhism, Buddha is worshipped as deity having attained Nirvana (means free from cycle of birth and death) and various incarnations of Buddha known as Bodhisattvas are also worshiped in monasteries. The mythology of Tibetan Buddhism has many tales of various spirits and demons representing good and evil qualities, depicted in the form of masks, and stories are enacted as masked dances during the annual festivals of various Gompas. His Holiness Dalai Lama (14th Dalai Lama) is their supreme spiritual leader and is living incarnation of Buddha. This paper is an attempt to discuss Buddhist tourism in Ladakh division and various constraints to it.
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Manzoor Ahmad Khan. Buddhist tourism in Ladakh. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 4, Issue 7, 2017, Pages 09-13
International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development