Ladakh PopulationLadakh population in 2020 is estimated to be 280 Thousand (2.8 Lakhs), According to Unique Identification Aadhar India, updated dec 2019, the projected population of Ladakh by end of year 2019 is 279,924. The area of Ladakh is 59,146 sq km which is greater than the area of Himachal Pradesh(55,673 sq km) or Punjab(50,362 sq km). On 5th August 2019 the Parliament of India passed a bill that contained provisions to reconstitute Ladakh as a union territory within India. Ladakh is to be administered as a union territory without a legislative assembly. The head of government will be a Lieutenant Governor appointed by the President of India. Ladakh is in the north west of India and Ladakh means "land of high passes". The Indus River is the backbone of Ladakh. It contains two districts, Kargil and Leh. The largest town in Ladakh is Leh, followed by Kargil. There are 40247 households in the Ladakh region.
Source Image: Ladakh people celebrating the formation of Union Territory
Ladakh Population by Religion
Ladakh is the one of the oldest and ancient Buddhist region with historic ties to Tibet. Buddhism is dominated in Leh district and Muslim is dominent regligion in Kargil district. As per the census 2011 Ladakh population religion wise and demographics for the two districts Leh and Kargil, Islam is followed by 46%, Budhism with around 40% population and 12% by Hindus, and other religions are less than 1%. The muslim population of Ladakh is the largest with 127,296 people followed by Buddhists with 108,761 and Hindus with 33,223.
Ladakh lies in the north-east region of India, eastern side of Jammu and is surrounded by the Himalayan mountain ranges popularly called Great Himalayas.Ladakh experiences extreme type of climate where the temperature ranges from minus 35 degree Celsius in winter to 33 degree Celsius in summer. Ladakh was an independent province since the middle of the 10th century. The ancient inhabitants of Ladakh were Dards, an Indo-Aryan race. Immigrants of Tibet, Skardo and nearby parts like Purang, Guge settled in Ladakh, whose racial characters and cultures were in consonance with early settlers. The early religion of Ladakh wasthe people who worshipped many gods, the people also worshiped correlated with the water, earth, fire and mountains. Buddhism traveled from central India to Tibet via Ladakh leaving its imprint in Ladakh. Islamic missionaries also made a penetration of Islam in the early 16th century.
Languages spoken in Ladakh
The main language of Ladakh is Ladakhi, a Tibetan language, other dialects are Changpa and Purigpa. Source: 2011 Census: Language and Mother Tongue
The district is bounded by Himalayas and it is the coldest and most elevated inhabited region in the country with altitude ranging from 2300 meters to 5000 meters. The main occupation engaged the workforce is agriculture and live stock. Agriculture is the backbone of the district economy as it engage over 70% of the working force mostly as cultivators, agricultural laborers, livestock and Tourism has won a wide recognition as an important industry in the district in view of its potential for creation of employment opportunities and generation of income on a large scale. Leh has registered an increasing number of tourists both from India and Foriegn countries which attracted towards it because of its landscape, culture, tradition and environment.
District wise population in Ladakh