Ladakh GK Questions [General Knowledge] Ladakh Quiz

Ladakh GK Questions and Answers

  1. What is the capital of Ladakh?
  • Answer: Leh
  1. What is the literacy rate of Ladakh?
  • Answer: Around 82%
  1. What is the main religion followed in Ladakh?
  • Answer: Buddhism
  1. Which river flows through Ladakh?
  • Answer: Indus River
  1. What is Ladakh also known as?
  • Answer: Little Tibet
  1. Which mountain range runs through Ladakh?
  • Answer: The Great Himalayas
  1. What percentage of Ladakh’s population depends on agriculture for livelihood?
  • Answer: Around 90%
  1. What are the major crops grown in Ladakh?
  • Answer: Barley, wheat, potatoes
  1. What is the world’s highest motorable pass located in Ladakh?
  • Answer: Khardung La
  1. What is unique about the Pangong Tso lake?
  • Answer: It changes color from blue to green to red
  1. Which dance form originating from Ladakh tells stories of war and love?
  • Answer: Cham Dance
  1. Which monastery in Ladakh is located on top of a hill?
  • Answer: Lamayuru Monastery
  1. Which bird sanctuary is located near Leh?
  • Answer: Hemis National Park
  1. What percentage of Ladakh is under Indian control?
  • Answer: About 45%
  1. What is the Ladakhi new year called?
  • Answer: Losar
  1. What are the people of Ladakh called?
  • Answer: Ladakhis
  1. What percentage of Ladakh’s population are Muslims?
  • Answer: Around 46%
  1. How many tehsils are there in Ladakh?
  • Answer: Two (Leh and Kargil)
  1. What is Thiksey Monastery renowned for?
  • Answer: Its giant statue of Maitreya Buddha
  1. Which festival is marked by masked dances in Ladakh?
  • Answer: Hemis Festival
  1. Which town serves as the gateway for the Siachen Glacier?
  • Answer: Kargil
  1. What is the name of the high altitude desert wildlife sanctuary in Ladakh?
  • Answer: Changthang Cold Desert Wildlife Sanctuary
  1. What is unique about Tso Moriri Lake?
  • Answer: It is a high altitude oligotrophic lake
  1. What is Ladakh’s world famous Apricot industry centered around?
  • Answer: Apricot Oil Production
  1. Where is the Magnetic Hill optical illusion site situated?
  • Answer: Leh Manali Highway
  1. Which range separates Ladakh from Tibet?
  • Answer: Zanskar range
  1. What percentage of Ladakh is comprised of Muslims?
  • Answer: 47%
  1. What do Ladakhi paintings and art symbolize?
  • Answer: Peace and tranquility
  1. What is the name of the only constituted university in Ladakh?
  • Answer: University of Ladakh
  1. What percentage of Ladakh was under Pakistani invasion till 1971?
  • Answer: 40%
  1. How many gompas are found in Ladakh? Answer: Over 200
  2. What causes the Drass region to experience heavy snowfall? Answer: Its location upwind of the Pir Panjal range
  3. Which district of Ladakh has people primarily dependent on agriculture? Answer: Leh
  4. What are Ladakh’s landforms majorly comprised of? Answer: High altitude mountains and arid plateaus
  5. What is unique about the Stok Palace in Leh? Answer: The present royal family still resides there
  6. Which two major religions are practiced in Ladakh? Answer: Buddhism and Islam
  7. What are Ladakhi kitchens traditionally powered by? Answer: Dry animal dung
  8. What is Leh’s elevation above sea level? Answer: 3500 meters
  9. Which sector is the biggest contributor to Ladakh’s economy?Answer: Tourism
  10. What percentage of Ladakh’s population lives in rural areas? Answer: Over 75%
  11. Name the high altitude lake regarded holy by Buddhists? Answer: Tso Moriri
  12. Between which months do most parts of Ladakh remain landlocked? Answer: October to April
  13. Name Ladakh’s traditional sport.
  • Answer: Archery
  1. What percentage of Ladakh’s workforce is employed by the army and government?
  • Answer: Around 49%
  1. What is unique about Pangong lake’s waters?
  • Answer: Saline
  1. Which district of Ladakh is known as the gateway to Central Asia?
  • Answer: Kargil
  1. Name Ladakh’s highest airfield.
  • Answer: Fukche Airfield
  1. Which river is Kargil’s main source of irrigation?
  • Answer: Suru River
  1. What are Ladakhi houses traditionally made of?
  • Answer: Mud bricks
  1. What causes extremities in diurnal temperature in Ladakh?
  • Answer: Low humidity
  1. What percentage of Ladakh’s area is under permanent snow and glaciers? Answer: 10%
  2. Why does Zanskar valley remain isolated in winters?
  • Answer: Heavy snowfall blocking access routes
  1. What Ladakhi product got a Geographical Indication tag recently?
  • Answer: Ladakhi Apricot
  1. Why is farming extremely difficult in Ladakh?
  • Answer: Scant vegetation and low oxygen
  1. Name Ladakh’s traditional tribal community.
  • Answer: Brokpa
  1. Which lake is located at the India-China border?
    Answer: Pangong Tso
  2. Which district is known as the land of high passes?
    Answer: Leh
  3. What are Shyok and Nubra river valleys popularly called?
  • Answer: Green Ladakh
  1. Which tribe is majorly responsible for environmental conservation in Ladakh?Answer: Brokpa
  2. When was the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Council formed?
  • Answer: 1995
  1. What type of art form is Losar Shammos?
  • Answer: Sand art
  1. What causes frequent landslides along Zoji La?
  • Answer: Excessive rainfall
  1. Where is the India-China-Pakistan tri-junction located?
  • Answer: Near Chalunka village
  1. Which famous psychiatrist established the Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre?
  • Answer: Dr Akong Tulku Rinpoche
  1. What percent of Ladakh’s workforce is employed in the primary sector?
  • Answer: Over 75%
  1. What is unique about the Namgyal Tsemo Gompa?
  • Answer: It houses giant ancient receptacles
  1. Why does Drass experience heavy snowfall?
  • Answer: Its location upwind of Zojila range
  1. What praying ceremony do Ladakhi Muslims offer on Eid?
  • Answer: Namaz and Duas at Jama Masjid
  1. Which festival signifies the harvesting season in Ladakh?
  • Answer: Kalachakra Festival
  1. What type of cuisine is popular in Ladakh?
  • Answer: Tibeto-Indian cuisine
  1. Which organization is responsible for development activities in Ladakh?
  • Answer: Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council
  1. What is Leh’s old name?
  • Answer: Hundar
  1. What causes dust storms in Diskit, Nubra?
  • Answer: Strong winds blowing over arid land
  1. Which technical institute is located in Leh?
  • Answer: Central Institute of Buddhist Studies
  1. Who was the founder of the Namgyal dynasty?
  • Answer: Tashi Namgyal
  1. Which festival is marked by reading religious scriptures in Ladakh?
  • Answer: Likir Dosmochey
  1. What was the ancient kingdom comprising Ladakh called?
  • Answer: Maryul
  1. What is unique about the Stok Kangri peak?
  • Answer: It’s Ladakh’s highest peak accessible for trekking
  1. Which festival involves sacrificing animals to drive out evil spirits?
  • Answer: Matho Nagrang
  1. Where is J&K’s highest astronomical observatory situated?
    Answer: Hanle
  2. Which musical tradition is fading among new generations in Ladakh?
    Answer: Lu Srol
  3. What percentage of Ladakh’s workforce depends on Tourism industry?
  • Answer: Around 30%
  1. What is unique about Tingmosgang village?
  • Answer: It is located at one of the world’s highest human settlements
  1. Why do most villages in Ladakh have a Gompa?
  • Answer: Influence of Buddhism
  1. Which airport in Ladakh has the longest runway in the state?
    Answer: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport
  2. What are Ladakhi songs primarily focused on?
  • Answer: Love and separation
  1. Which festival involves traditional Bondi Oracle reading?
  • Answer: Dosmochey
  1. Why does Kargil experience less snowfall compared to other regions?
  • Answer: Effects of Nanga Parbat’s rain shadow
  1. What is unique about Ulley Tokpo village?
  • Answer: It has no road connectivity with outside world
  1. Which high altitude lake remains frozen longest?
  • Answer: Pangong Tso
  1. What is unique about Chushul’s weather?
  • Answer: Extreme temperatures and high velocity winds
  1. Why does region of Nubra popularly experience dust storms?
  • Answer: Presence of arid, sandy soil
  1. What architectural feature is exemplified in Alchi monastery?
    Answer: Kashmiri-Gandharan styles
  2. Which artform among Buddhist lamas is now rare?
  • Answer: Sacred Chham dance
  1. What are Shagaran and Phyag Shing festivals?
  • Answer: Agricultural festivals
  1. What is unique about Basgo village?
  • Answer: Known as the stone mason’s village
  1. Why does Leh receive higher snowfall compared to Kargil?
  • Answer: Feather effect of Pir Panjal range
  1. Which tribe traces its descent from Alexander’s army?
  • Answer: Brokpa
  1. Name Ladakh’s traditional sport.
  • Answer: Archery
  1. Why do houses in Ladakh have flat roofs?
  • Answer: To withstand heavy snowfall
  1. Which airline operates a weekly flight between Leh and Delhi?
  • Answer: Air India
  1. Which village is famous for its old Buddhist paintings?
  • Answer: Basgo
  1. Where is one of India’s highest altitude ostrich farms located?
    Answer: Hanle, Ladakh
  2. What causes frost bite injuries among people in Ladakh during winter?
  • Answer: Extreme cold temperature
  1. What landslide hit the Leh-Zoji La national highway in 2022?
    Answer: Khooni Nala
  2. What is unique about Chamba temple complex?
  • Answer: 6th century ornate carvings still preserved
  1. Which tribe in Ladakh rear double humped camels?
  • Answer: Brokpa
  1. What percentage of Ladakhi households lack access to tap water?
  • Answer: Around 30%
  1. Why does Zanskar valley witness heavy snowfall?
  • Answer: Influence of Westerly winds
  1. Why does Drass region have very low humidity levels?
  • Answer: Rain shadow effect of Pir Panjal range
  1. What challenges does Kargil face being remotely located?
  • Answer: Sparser economy and connectivity issues
  1. What new tunnel has improved connectivity to Zanskar valley?
  • Answer: Zoji La Tunnel
  1. What is unique about the Markha Valley?
  • Answer: Falls along an ancient trade route to Tibet
  1. Which is the coldest place in Jammu and Kashmir?
  • Answer: Drass
  1. Which cultural organization promotes Ladakhi art forms?
  • Answer: All Ladakh Gompa Association
  1. Why do houses in Ladakh often have poplar and willow trees around them?
  • Answer: Provides protection from cold winds
  1. What caused scarcity of water in Nubra valley in recent years?
  • Answer: Receding glaciers
  1. Where did his holiness Dalai Lama establish exile headquarters in 1960?
  • Answer: Leh
  1. What unique form of irrigation supports farming in Ladakh?
  • Answer: Glacier water irrigation channels
  1. Why does Phyang receive less snowfall compared to other places?
  • Answer: Rainshadow effect of Stok range
  1. What is unique about Saboo and Stakna villages?
  • Answer: Known for handmade paper and thangka painting
  1. Why do Pashmina goats struggle to survive in Ladakh currently?
  • Answer: Effects of climate change
  1. Which festival celebrates the birth anniversary of Naropa?
  • Answer: Naropa Festival
  1. What unique technology exists from Kargil to Zanskar Road during winters?
  • Answer: World’s highest electricity operated heating system on a road stretch
  1. Which district has a majority Shia Muslim population? Answer: Kargil
  2. Which organization is responsible for Kargil’s development?
  • Answer: LAHDC Kargil
  1. What Ladakhi luxury product is facing existential threat?
  • Answer: Shahtoosh Pashmina
  1. What is unique about lunar landscapes in parts of Ladakh?
  • Answer: Said to resemble surface of moon
  1. What is Lamayuru monastery in Ladakh historically called?
  • Answer: Yung-Drung or the swastika
  1. What modern development caused threat to black necked crane in Ladakh?
  • Answer: Construction of Leh-Manali Highway
  1. Why do people of Kargil genetically have sharper facial features compared to Leh?
  • Answer: Influence of Gilgit genetics over centuries
  1. Which system of water sharing sustains villages around Dah Hanu?
  • Answer: Solpon communal gravity flow system
  1. What is unique about the Kargil Vijay Diwas?
  • Answer: Celebrates victory over Pakistani forces in 1999 war
  1. What is unique about the Stok La Hanu Festival?
  • Answer: Celebrates communal harmony in diversity
  1. Why do Pashmina wool emerge best in high altitude regions of Changthangs?
  • Answer: Extreme climate adds special warmth to coat
  1. What GI tagged handicraft skill came from Persia to Ladakh?
  • Answer: Kani Shawl weaving
  1. What unique time telling tool arrived as gift from Dalai Lama?
  • Answer: Astronomical Observatory at Hanle
  1. What is Namgyal Tsemo Peak named after?
  • Answer: Founder of Namgyal dynasty King Tashi Namgyal
  1. Which tribe’s genetic makeup displays signatures of western Eurasian ancestry?
  • Answer: Mon people of West Ladakh
  1. Why is there an absence of any known archaeological site between Kargil and Padum?
  • Answer: Rugged terrain unfit for settled agriculture
  1. What bird variety use Drass as an important winter stopover?
  • Answer: Bar Headed Geese
  1. Why does stark beauty of Ladakh’s mountains amaze people?
  • Answer: Glacial rock formations sculpted over ages
  1. Why does Suru valley echo sounds of azaan and church bells alike?
  • Answer: Peaceful cultural coexistence
  1. Which is world’s highest post office in Himalayas?
  • Answer: Hikkim, Komic
  1. Why does Peterpavilion near Shey have foreign war memorials?
  • Answer: Recognizing globe’s fallen soldiers
  1. What unique tidal phenomena gets witnessed at Tso Kar?
  • Answer: Shifting sand and clay flatlands
  1. Where is Apricot belt of Ladakh situated?
    Answer: Khaling, Saspol
  2. What unique Buddhist prayer represent on Ladakh’s flags?
  • Answer: Wind Horse
  1. Why does Nubra valley stay warmer than other places?
  • Answer: Lower elevation, Karakoram rain shadow effect
  1. What necessitates living in high altitude towns of Nyoma and Durbuk?
  • Answer: Military logistics positioning
  1. What Ladakhi village is known for its communal residences called Marpo?
    Answer: Hemis village
  2. What unique stockpile exists on heights of Siachen glacier?
  • Answer: Mountaineering equipment, supplies
  1. Which high altitude lake remains inaccessible in winter months?
  • Answer: Tso Moriri
  1. What natural phenomenon is Diskit monastery hill famous for?
  • Answer: Commander Rock natural sculpture
  1. What is unique about Ladakh’s White Sail guesthouse?
  • Answer: One of world’s highest luxury hotels
  1. Why does it rain in Drass when other places are dry?
  • Answer: Exposed frontal uplift location
  1. What unique insect variety exists only in parts of Ladakh?
  • Answer: Himalayan marmot
  1. What unique multi-dimensional project is being made near Pangong Tso?
    Answer: Grand Dragon Ladakh integrated tourism project
  2. What is common between geographical features of Tsaka village and Mars?
  • Answer: Similar looking topography
  1. Which historically important village is gate to Zanskar valley?
  • Answer: Kargyak
  1. What causes extreme temperature contrasts in Ladakh within a day?
  • Answer: High elevation, intense radiation, thin air
  1. Which ethnic group of people shows connections to Siberian and Tibetan people?
  • Answer: Shina tribe of Nubra and Dah valley
  1. Why do old temples have imagery of snow lion mythical creature?
  • Answer: Associated with Himalayas in Buddhist traditions
  1. What unique aosoi spinach variety grows in high passes during summer?
  • Answer: Rich in minerals, traditionally eaten raw
  1. Which place has ruins of ancient capital of Ladakhi kings?
  • Answer: Shey
  1. What causes unbearably cold winds around Pangong Lake?
  • Answer: Extreme Siberian winds entering region
  1. Where is hot water spring with religious significance situated?
    Answer: Chumathang
  2. Why do old monasteries have many entrances instead of a front gate?
  • Answer: Representing ways to enlightenment in Buddhism
  1. Which glacier burst caused a tragic flood disaster in year 2021?
    Answer: Kedarnath
  2. What necessitates essential stockpiling before winter sets across Ladakh?
  • Answer: Complete isolation risk
  1. Why is there a stark absence of Lal Chowk kind of town squares in Kargil?
  • Answer: No historical tradition, incessant winds
  1. Where lies one of the world’s highest cricket grounds?
    Answer: Chushul, Ladakh
  2. Why do farmers carry oxygen cylinders while working in distant fields?
  • Answer: High altitude, lack of oxygen
  1. Which district of Ladakh has people following ancient Dard Shina culture?
  • Answer: Kargil
  1. What percentage of Ladakh’s population belongs to Scheduled Tribes?
  • Answer: Over 50%
  1. Which high-altitude wetland in Nubra valley is considered an Important Bird Area?
  • Answer: Tso Kar Wetland
  1. Name Ladakh’s endangered native horse breed.
  • Answer: Ladakhi horse
  1. Where can you find prehistoric Rock Art engravings in Ladakh?
  • Answer: Several sites like Darcha, Photoksar
  1. What unique geological phenomenon occurs at Sangam of Indus and Zanskar rivers?
  • Answer: Different colored waters distinctly seen merging
  1. Which Bollywood movie was extensively shot in the Nubra Valley?
  • Answer: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
  1. Why are wildlife sightings rarer in Ladakh compared to other Himalayan regions?
  • Answer: More rugged terrain, scarce vegetation
  1. What percentage of Ladakh’s workforce is employed in agricultural sector?
  • Answer: Around 58%
  1. What is unique about the Siachen base camp?
  • Answer: World’s highest battleground
  1. Why has climate change led to decreasing crop yields in villages of Lower Leh region?
  • Answer: Irregular rainfall, warmer weather
  1. What is Dogras traditional name for Ladakh region?
  • Answer: Ba-takh
  1. What percentage of Ladakh’s population are Changpa nomads? Answer: Around 2 percent
  2. Which Ladakhi product is facing threat from cheap imitation products?
  • Answer: Pashmina shawls
  1. What is unique about Merak village’s houses?
  • Answer: Owners keep one side open for livestock
  1. Which two lakes are located at the base of Khardung La pass top?
  • Answer: Shanti and Gurudongmar lakes
  1. Why do farmers in Shyok river valley not need irrigation channels or canals?
  • Answer: Naturally saturated soil
  1. Where would you find world’s highest postbox and smallest river bridge? Answer: Diskit, Nubra Valley
  2. Why are Pangong lake’s fish stocks rapidly depleting in recent years?
  • Answer: Increasing pollution, human intervention
  1. Which Ladakhi product’s GI tag specifically denotes its wool origin from Changthangi goats?
    Answer: Pashmina
  2. Where lies ruins of historically thriving kingdom of Bruza?
    Answer: Nubra Valley
  3. What unique tidal phenomena occurs at Pangong Tso?
  • Answer: Flat lands submerge and reemerge every few hours
  1. What is responsible for scarcity and irregular flow of Yapola River?
  • Answer: Melting glaciers due to global warming
  1. Where was India’s first solar kitchen for pilgrims opened in Ladakh?
  • Answer: Phyang
  1. Why has Indus river shifted course frequently over centuries?
    Answer: Floods carving new channels
  2. What is unique about village life in Dah Hanu region?
    Answer: Residents are said to be Aryans and practice polyandry
  3. What is unique about Drokpa nomadic tribe’s facial features and genetic history?
    Answer: Displays signatures of Greco-Roman mix thousands of years ago

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