Ladakh Nomadic Festival: Lieutenant Governor Radha Krishna Mathur recently inaugurated the Two day Ladakh Nomadic Festival at Korzok Phu, Changthang region of Ladakh.
- The festival was organized by Ladakh Cultural Academy in collaboration with Ladakh Tourism Department.
- The main aim of the event was as follows:
- To bring the Changthang region and its nomadic culture on the tourism maps of Ladakh.
- For the upliftment of the nomadic regions of Ladakh.
- Lieutenant Governor urged the Changthang youth to make efforts to save the nomadic culture.
- He also appealed to take world-renowned Changthang Pashmina for further development and promotion.
About Changthang Pashmina:
- The Changthang Pashmina is eight times finer than human hair and is mainly used in making shawls.
- It is one of the costliest fabrics in the world.
- It is produced only by the Changthangi or Chagra which is a breed of cashmere goat native to the high plateaux of Ladakh in India.
- These goats are generally domesticated and are reared by nomadic communities called the Changpa in the Changthang regions of Ladakh.
- The Changthangi goats have revitalized the poor economy of Changthang, Ladakh where the wool production generates more than $8 million a year.
Note: The Changthangi goat breed has been listed on the endangered species list by the National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources.
About The Changpa Tribe:
- The Changpa or Champa are semi-nomadic Tibetan people found mainly in the Changtang in Ladakh.
- A smaller number resides in the western regions of the Tibet Autonomous Region and were partially relocated for the establishment of the Changtang Nature Reserve.
- As of 1989, there were half a million nomads living in the Changtang area.
- The Changpa of Ladakh is a high-altitude pastoralist, raising mainly yaks and Pashmina goats.
- The Changpa speak Changskhat, a dialect of Tibetan, and practice Tibetan Buddhism.
Note: As of 2001, the Changpa were classified as a Scheduled Tribe under the Indian government’s reservation program of affirmative action.
- Changthang is the land of nomads located in the east of Leh on the Chinese border.
- Changthang means Eastern Flat Land.
- The Changtang (alternatively spelled Changthang or Qangtang) is a part of the high altitude Tibetan Plateau in western and northern Tibet extending into southeastern Ladakh, India.
- It is a cold desert that receives little rain.
- It is one of the highest plateaus in the world.
- This area is also known as Rupsho valley.
- The average altitude of the area is around 14600 m above sea level.
- The Changtang is home to the Changpa, a nomadic Tibetan tribe.
- This area is best known for its giant lakes.
- The two largest settlements within the Tibetan Changtang are Rutog Town the seat of Rutog County and Domar Township the seat of Shuanghu County.
- Korzok monastery is located on the shore of Lake Tso Moriri in the Changthang region.