"I was backpacking in Leh: I took that picture during the Dalai Lama’s visit for a teaching in Nubra Valley near Leh"
Leh is a city at an altitude of 3,500 meters in India, near the border with China. It is the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh. Ladakh means "land of high passes" and lies between the Karakoram mountains and the Himalayas. The people who live there are of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. It is sometimes called "Little Tibet" and the Ladakhi culture is similar to Tibetan culture.
Every occasion is celebrated with feasting, dancing and singing: marriage, birth, harvesting, and so on. Most of the festivals are held in winter. Both men and women weave the colouful cloth used to make waistcoats, hats and boots.
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