People of Ladakh
“Julley!” That’s all it takes to see a Ladakhi face light up with a big smile. The land of high passes remains cut-off from the rest of the world for about 8 months in a year because of heavy snowfall. The only way to reach Ladakh during these months (Sept to Apr) is by taking a flight to Leh.
When the roads open up around May and tourists start trickling in, one can’t miss the genuine happiness with which the locals welcome you to their land. I guess the sight of tourists reminds them that the harsh days are finally behind them. Sharing some pictures of the people I met there:
She smiled shyly for the camera while a young girl accompanying her teased incessantly.
One hated Social Studies and the other didn’t like studying Science. Both loved posing.
This little shepherd stood day dreaming. The shepherds in the region walk on foot for miles and miles in the hunt of green pastures.
He ran away from home at the age of 12 to become a monk.
She was munching on dried apricots and insisted I try some.
The young monks of Hemis Monastery were just off for lunch.
Monk with an iPad. Searching for a higher connection I guess.
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