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A Himalayan Jewel: The Architectural Wonders of Stok Palace, Ladakh

Saturday, April 06, 2024

The Stok Palace is located in the village of Stok, about 15 kilometer southwest of Leh, the capital of Ladakh, in the northernmost region of India. The Palace holds a rich historical legacy dating back to the 19th century. It was constructed by King Tsepal Namgyal in 1820 after the royal family of Ladakh was exiled from Leh. The construction of the Palace served as the royal residence for the Namgyal dynasty, which ruled Ladakh for centuries.

The Palace played a significant role in La...

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Ladakh’s Snowmelt Irrigation System Faces Decline

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Everyone in Ladakh was thrilled and relieved when the region finally saw its first snowfall in February after long anticipation. Ladakh is a cold desert, and its arid climate makes conditions harsh for agriculture where water scarcity poses a significant challenge to agricultural productivity, solutions are essential for sustaining food production and livelihoods. The region receives a good amount of snow during the winter months (January) creating a natural reservoir of freshwater that is c...

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