Moonrise over Semo Fort, overlooking Leh.

A Ladakhi lady wears the elaborate Perak head dress and other heavy jewellery at a festival in Leh.

Archery at Leh.

Masked Chaam dance

Traditional ladakhi dance in traditional ladakhi dress performed by men and women.

Ladakhi lady and youth.

Apricots and several types of nuts on sale in the bazaar of Leh.

Spectacular turquoise laden peraks worn by Ladakhi Ladies.

Beating up the drums for background music during Chaam dances.

A two week old donkey calf with the caretaker of the Donkey Sanctuary in Leh.


Leh was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, now the Leh District in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The town is still dominated by the now ruined Leh Palace, former mansion of the royal family of Ladakh, built in the same style and about the same time as the Potala Palace. Leh is at an altitude of 3524 metres (11,562 ft) , and connects via National Highway 1D connects it to Srinagar in the southwest and to Manali in the south via Leh-Manali Highway.