Trade and travel in Early-Modern recordings in Ladakh and Baltistan
Rigzin Tamchos Pandito
Ladakh and Baltistan, the frontier districts of Pakistan and India had been two major halting-stations for the Silk route merchants, which was closed since 1950. Their importance is not-valued by contribution in material product sale in this cosmopolitan business in the silk road trading markets but through their sheer existence at geographical mountain location in trans-Himalayan kingdom that they had been unavoidable bridge to traverse for the merchants of central Asia and Indian sub-continent to exchange goods to east, west and south Asia. This article is one such aspects of their role in those vast networks of transactions. Mainly presenting historical scenario since colonial times and changes occurred in their lifestyle and local-economy.