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Ladakhis take the ice

DNMUM417718 | 7/8/2018 | Author : Dyuti Basu | WC :516 | Sports

Ice hockey is more than just a sport for Ladakh’s enthusiasts, photographer Indrajeet Rajkhowa tells Dyuti Basu

While Ladakh is one of the most popular tourist attractions among adventure lovers in India, the harsh winters with below -30 degree Celsius temperatures find many people of this cold desert land taking part in ice hockey. Brought to the remote Himalayan towns and villages by army veterans and soldiers home on holiday, the sport has been a part of Ladakh’s fabric since the ’70s.
Hand-me-down skates, DIY hockey sticks and pads consisted of the players’ equipment until recently, when they grabbed international attention by making it into the Guinness Book of World Record for ice hockey played at the highest altitude - first in Leh, then at Chibra Kargyam in 2018 in the Changthang region at 14,040 feet above sea level. With new
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