Ladakh, India
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Leh Palace and Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Leh, India — July 27, 2004


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Prayer flags on the road from Manali to Leh, India — July 25, 2004


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Old Leh, India — July 29, 2004


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Trees, mountains and sky, Leh, India — July 27, 2004


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Dusk in Leh, India — July 27, 2004


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Green fields and tan mountains, Leh, India — July 27, 2004


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Hemis Monastery, Hemis, India — July 28, 2004


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Tibetan Buddha, Hemis, India — July 28, 2004


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View overlooking Leh and the Himalayas, India — July 29, 2004


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Poplar trees in Leh, India — July 31, 2004


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Giant prayer wheel, Leh, India — July 29, 2004


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Heritage shop, Leh, India — July 27, 2004


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At a bakery in Leh, India — July 27, 2004

He reminded me a bit of Jerry Garcia

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Small village, Ladakh, India — July 27, 2004


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Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Leh, India — July 27, 2004


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Valley view, Ladakh, India — July 27, 2004


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In the alleys of old Leh, India — July 27, 2004


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Mountains surrounding Leh, India — July 27, 2004


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Tibetan scripture, Leh, India — July 27, 2004


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Giant prayer wheel, Leh, India — July 29, 2004


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Late afternoon view over Leh, India — July 29, 2004


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Stupa, Leh, India — July 29, 2004


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Prayer flags, Leh, India — July 27, 2004


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Prayer wheels in Leh, India — July 27, 2004

Ask a Tibetan where are the borders of Tibet and he will surely ignore the administrative boundaries set up by the People’s Republic of China for the province of Tibet. Instead, he would say that Tibet proper includes not only Tibet, but Ladakh in India, northern Nepal, Sikkim in India, Bhutan, Western Sichuan in China, Qinghai in China, and several other areas. Indeed, the sphere of Tibetan influence travels way beyond the fake borders of Chinese Tibet. Leh and all of Ladakh are as much a part of Tibet physically, culturally and geographically as Lhasa is. So in by going to Leh and Ladakh you can truly say you have been to Tibet. That is not say Lhasa is not incredible by any means, nor should you skip Lhasa if you have been to Ladakh. Contrary, Lhasa is one of the most outstanding places I have been in my life and visiting Ladakh should only further ignite one’s curiosity about the wonderfully magical and exotic world of Tibet.


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Stairs inside Leh Palace, India — July 27, 2004


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Mosque in old Leh, India — July 27, 2004


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Leh Palace at night, Leh, India — July 27, 2004


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Hemis Monastery, Hemis, India — July 28, 2004


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Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Leh, India — July 27, 2004


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Inside the monastery, Hemis, India — July 28, 2004


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Tibetan furniture, Hemis, India — July 28, 2004


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Bodhisattva, Hemis, India — July 28, 2004


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Barber shop, Leh, India — July 31, 2004

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