Once perceived as a remote, romantic and mysterious Shangri-La, Ladakh has of recent years undergone profound changes-political, demographic, economic, socio-cultural and environmental. In print since 1983, this introduction to the region has proved its enduring popularity among readers of all hues including sociologists, social anthropologists and historians, as well as non-specialist visitors. Retaining the basic information from the original, this revised and updated third edition documents the changes and transformations that Ladakh has witnessed since 1996. From the regions history to its importance as a confluence of various cultures and traditions to a detailed analysis of social, political and economic shifts before and after the Kargil war-it presents a deeply informed account of Ladakh and its people, permeated, moreover, by a radiant affection for them. Scholarly yet lively, the value of this book, widely recognized as a one-stop reference on the region, is enhanced by the authors recent research into contemporary realities.