The Ladakhi language is the predominant language in the Ladakh region of the Jammu and Kashmir state of India. Ladakhi is closely related to Tibetan, and Ladakh shares many cultural similarities with Tibet, including Tibetan Buddhism. Ladakhi has approximately 100,000 speakers in India, and perhaps 12,000 speakers in the Tibet region of China. Ladahki has three main dialects, Ladakhi proper (also called Leh, after the capital of Ladakh), Shamma, and Nubra. Tikse monastery, Ladakh Hemis Monastery in the 1870s Ladakh is the largest district of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, covering more than half the area of the state (of which it is the eastern part). ... The dark-brown region represents the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir Jammu and Kashmir is the northern-most province of the Republic of India, with Srinagar as its capital and Jammu as its winter-capital. ... The Tibetan language is typically classified as member of the Tibeto-Burman which in turn is thought by some to be a branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family. ... Tibetan Buddhism, (formerly also called Lamaism after their religious gurus known as lamas), is the body of religious Buddhist doctrine and institutions characteristic of Tibet and the Himalayan region. ... Tibet (Tibetan: à½à½¼à½à¼, Bod, pronounced pÃ¶ in Lhasa dialect; Chinese: è¥¿è, pinyin: XÄ«zÃ ng) is a region and former independent country in Central Asia and the home of the Tibetan people. ...
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Ladakhi rulers invited a number of Kashmiri Muslims to join their court as scribes to conduct official correspondence in Persian with the Mughal governors of Kashmir and also to help run the royal mint.
Another Ladakhi Raja, Nima Namgyal, was married to a Muslim princess, Zizi Khatun, who is said to have exercised a major role in running the affairs of the kingdom.
Likewise, Hurchu Khan, the Shi'a ruler of a principality in Kargil, married a Ladakhi Buddhist princess.
Ladakhi has several dialects, Ladakhi proper (also called after the capital of Ladakh, Leh, where it is spoken); Shamma, spoken to the northwest of Leh; Stopta, spoken to the south east in the Indus alley; Nubra, spoken in the north.
Ladakhi is romanised in a similar way to Hindi, 'th' denoting an aspirated 't,' for example.
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