Photographer's Note

During my eight days in the Ladakh region in eastern Kashmir in 1985 I made several shorter excursion out of the main city of Leh to the surrounding countryside. But a large majority of my photos were taken in the city streets, which offered exciting and colourful views of market places and the people I saw there.

So my next several postings, including many workshop photos, will show life in these streets. Today you can see two men, at least one of them dressed like a monk, doing small scale business in the shade of a tree. One is mending shoes, the other selling petrol from small bottles. Beside them two boys in school uniforms may be doing their homework. Today they would of course have been checking their social media.

Here is a larger version.

The "Tibetan hotel" is in fact just a small restaurant. I don't think there were any rooms for hire. I didn't remember this place but found out from my diary that I had several meals there and considered it quite good. Already on my first evening in Leh I had dinner there and very much enjoyed a spicy tomato soup, a large plate of "Special chow chow", consisting of noodles, slices of fried eggs, fried vegetables and meat. Including a glass of cinnamon flavoured tea it was a very satisfactory meal at the total cost of 14 Rupees, today equalling 17 Euro cents or 19 US cents. Of course 14 Rupees won't get you anywhere even in India today.

In the WS are two ladies having a chat. Both photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10156 W: 521 N: 19573] (86191)
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