Ladakh is predominantly a Buddhist region. Majority of Ladakhis are Tibetan Buddhists and the rest Muslims. As a result each village has a monastery perched on the highest point of the village. Most of the monasteries are old, very old some dating back 600 to 700 years. The monasteries are brightly colored in sharp contrast to the simple and austere lives of the monks. I specially loved the murals, s0me as old as the monasteries themselves and also the brightly painted doors.