Ladakhi warriors have used bows and arrows to protect themselves since the beginning of time. This land still possesses the art and skill involved in the sport of archery. The bow and arrows used are carved out of bamboo, an exotic material, scarce in this barren region. The bow strings, on the other hand, are still made of raw hide, as they were thousands of years ago. Now, mostly practised as a sport and community entertainment, Ladakh archery still brings out the highest sense of enthusiasm, and an immense sense of pride for its players and their villages.