West Tibetan kingdoms

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Ad Honorem
Aug 2013
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#11
Royal marriages between Ladakh and Baltistan were common. Namgyal and Maqpon were very close. Very few wars.

Nyigmagon dynasty and Namgyal dynasty are the two dynasties of Ladakh. After Guge kingdom was divided among the three princes, Ladakh became a capital of one prince and his dynasty rule till early 1400s. Namgyal ruled till 1800s.
In the mid 1600s some of the Namgyal royalty left Ladakh and founded kingdoms in Sikkim and Bhutan.
 
Jul 2014
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#12
In the mid 1600s some of the Namgyal royalty left Ladakh and founded kingdoms in Sikkim and Bhutan.
Actually no. The first king of Bhutan was a general in losing faction of kagyu civil war in central Tibet. He and a great Kagyu monk set up a base in Bhutan and successfully repelled mongol and Tibetan incursions. His rule was solidified when the invading Tibetan army's gunpowder stock blew up when Bhutanese had fled to a fortress. This was seen as divine intervention and his dynasty still rules.

Sikkims first king also was a migrant but from eastern Tibet.

Bhutanese king succeeded in TIbetanizing/ Bhutanizing the mostly non Tibetan people of Bhutan while the Skimmiese King failed.

The king of Bhutan and King of Sikkim just shared a name similar to the Ladakhi king.