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Philippine Tatler Traveller - - Destinatio­ns | Once in a Lifetime -

Ladakh’s an­ces­tral sports in­clude polo and archery, each with rules and tra­di­tions dis­tinct from those in the West. Archery fes­ti­vals oc­cur in sum­mer, where the sport is car­ried out to the sounds of tra­di­tional mu­si­cal in­stru­ments as par­tic­i­pants com­pete in full cos­tume; polo is fast and fu­ri­ous and played with hardy lo­cal ponies used to the alti­tude by virtue of liv­ing and graz­ing on high grass­lands. Horses are also used by no­madic tribes for trans­port. OP­PO­SItE Grass­land plains are punc­tu­ated by won­drous high-alti­tude lakes such as Tso Moriri, a brack­ish body of wa­ter sit­u­ated above 4,500 me­tres

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