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I proceed with my series of photos from the streets of Leh, the small town which is the administrative center of the Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir state in northwestern India.

Today's three photos all feature Leh's 16th century former Royal Palace. It was actually hard to avoid this strange building which totally dominates the city view on a steep hill. It is a bit similar to the much more famous Potala Palace of Lhasa, Tibet, but much smaller and more modest, like a "poor man's Potala", just like Leh is a kind of "poor man's Lhasa".

I spent a couple of hours in the palace on a Sunday morning, but I had to read my diary to remember anything at all. Apparently I was rather confused by the dark passages and steep rocky slopes between various parts of the palace, and I had trouble finding the entrances, but wherever I entered another room there was always a monk waiting to issue an entrance ticket, always at 5 Rupees a piece.

I only decided at the last moment which photo to use as the main upload. It could have been any of them, but finally I settled on this one taken in the main street. In the WS photos I moved gradually away from the center and saw the palace from different angles. All photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

Here is a larger version of the main photo.

WS #1

WS #2

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