HISTORIC PRESERVATION THROUGH EDUCATION
A local Ladakhi meticulously restores the 14th century paintings that cover the walls of the recently uncovered Alchi Monastery. Pieces like this are a crucial historical bridge showing the transition of Buddhism from Peninsular India to Tibet.
Preserving the rock art of Ladakh is a means to educate the world on the importance of preserving Ladakh's pre-Buddhist history. We work in cooperation with Tashi Dawa and the Ladakh University to disseminate educational materials and lead community events in this region.
The Indus River is perhaps one of the only reasons the overland silk trade was both possible and profitable. The Indus allowed traders and conquering armies to travel between China and the Middle East, bypassing innumerable dangerous mountain passes. If one follows the Indus in either direction, it is almost impossible not to stumble upon the rock art left by these transient visitors.
Much of Ladakh's rock art has been defaced or completely destroyed. This is mainly due to the importance Ladakhi's place on Buddhist motifs over anything else. This creates a general lack of understanding for the value of these historic places. Educating Ladakhi's on the economic importance of this history will help to preserve and discover these incredible pieces.
This piece of rock was cut out and moved to a private residence, highlighting the importance of protecting these sites for future generations.
Eco-Tourism is Ladakh's largest industry and offers the opportunity to enrich those living in the remote Nubra and Shyok Vallies through rock art tourism. Currently these local economies are dependent on traditional agriculture and herding. Offering tourists trips to these remote places in order to see their incredible rock art will be a massive economic boon.
Eco-Tourism is already a big business in Ladakh. This is great news for protecting this rock art. The demand to visit Ladakh is obviously proven, thus The Lodgepole Group aims to leverage this tourism into trips specifically tailored to visiting Ladakh's rock art.
A brief stop taken during our research near Pangong Lake. The hut is built out of stones with an old cotton parachute for the roof. These types of structures are commonplace in the region.