After the division of Ladakh in the 14th and 15th centuries, the lower kingdom was controlled largely from this village. Themisgaam was also the scene of a treaty that secured a Ladakhi monopoly on Tibetan `pashmina’, the valuable wool made from a goat’s beard.

The castle is now in ruins, but the Gompa still stands high on a hill above town. From this vantage point you can see the miracle of Ladakhi farming and irrigation that has transformed the desert into one of the richest valleys of Ladakh, full of apricots, apples and nuts.

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