|Union Territory :||Ladakh|
|Height :||4237 m|
|Residents :||797 (2014)|
Location and inhabitants
The place is located southeast of Leh on the Manali-Leh Highway near the Hemis National Park , on the Gya River . You can reach Gya from Leh via Upshi and the 5,317 m high Taglang La Pass. The neighboring villages are Rumtse and Miru . In 2011 658 people lived in the place. The inhabitants live mainly from agriculture, which is possible at an altitude of 4,237 m, despite the dryness with little rainfall, thanks to the meltwater from the surrounding mountains. The Border Roads organization is another important employer for the residents of this remote village.
Above, on the other side of the valley, there is an old gompa that was rebuilt by the inhabitants. There are more Buddhist ruins to be found around Gya. Gya is one of the oldest settlements in Ladakh. Gya became the first seat of government of a Mon ruler, around the 10th century, known as Gyapacho .
The climate in this place is called the steppe climate. In Gya, there is comparatively little rainfall throughout the year. The classification of the climate by Köppen and Geiger is BSk . An annual average temperature of 1.6 ° C is reached in Gya. The average annual rainfall is 154 mm.
Average monthly temperatures and rainfall for Gya
Source: Climate Data
- The shepherdess from Ladakh , documentary, arte 2015, director: Stanzin Dorjai Gya, Christiane Mordelet, documentary film about the life of a shepherdess from Gya
- My beautiful village in Ladakh, India , documentary arte 2017, directors: Standzin Dorjai, Christiane Mordelet, documentary film about the life of two school children from Gya