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Silk Road from Leh towards Kargil and Gyal

Meditation caves at Gyal Monastery

The Silk Road from Leh towards Kargil and Gyal Tomorrow we’ll drive on one of the Silk Road routes from Leh towards Kargil stopping at the roadhead by the village of Gyal where we’ll begin our trek. Today it’s preparation

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The Silk Road: Pangong Tso and Changtang

Pangong Tso

The Silk Road: Pangong Tso and the Changtang 21st August 2017 An early start for our drive from Leh to Pangong Tso, the lake that straddles the India/Tibet China border in the region known as Changtang, which the Silk Road

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Images from the Silk Road | Leh, Ladakh

Monks on market street, Leh,Ladakh

Images from the Silk Road town of Leh, Ladakh August 2017. Ladakh’s only real town is Leh. Leh, at an altitude of 3500 metres, is an old trading town on the Silk Road that linked India with the Chang Tang and

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The Silk Road – 12th Century Buddhist Art

12th Century Buddhist Cave Paintings at Saspol, Ladakh

The Silk Road – 12th Century Buddhist Art in Ladakh Ladakh – Little Tibet! Good to be back in Leh with its friendly greeting of “Jullay!”.  Or even Jullay, jullay, jullay. As many jullays as you like, a delightful word

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The Silk Road – Return to Ladakh

Leh shop signs, More Junk Upstairs

The Silk Road – Return to Ladakh Inauspicious starts to our trip to Ladakh: Chinese and Indian troops had a stone throwing altercation on the shores of Pangong Tso, the lake that is partly in India and partly in disputed

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Karsha Monastery, Zanskar

Kasha monastery viewed from the nunnery

Karsha Monastery, Zanskar Zanskar is adjacent to Ladakh in northern India sandwiched between Kashmir and Western Tibet. We’ve been to Karsha on three occasions, in 2008 we finished our 11 day trek from Lamayuru at the nearby village of Pishu. The

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Warli Paintings | Tribal Art from India

Warli Dancers

Warli Paintings | Tribal Art from India The Warli tribes produce wonderful folk art to decorate the walls on the buildings in their village. The Warli live mostly in the forested uplands of Maharashtra in central India, inland from Mumbai,

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Gond Drawing of a Magical Deer and a Bird

Gond Drawing of a Bird and Magical Deer

Gond Painting of a Magical Deer and a Bird Gond folk art paintings seem to suggest that in the world of the Gond people all nature, all life, is interconnected. Their paintings create a magical world where people, animals and

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Carved Wooden Statue of a Young Indian Woman

Wooden Carving of a Young Indian Woman

Carved Wooden Statue of a Young Indian Woman This statue of a young Indian woman, standing about 35cm tall, is carved from one piece of a dense dark brown wood. The figure is standing upright on a carved wooden base

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Indian Bedspreads

Turkoman Velvet Quilt

Indian Bedspreads We’ve been selling beautiful Indian bedspreads for over 40 years! We opened our first store in 1974 with minimal stock: a waterbed we’d made from recycled timber joists, striped Indian dhurrie rugs, handmade pottery from a wonderful man

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