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LITTLE TIBET: Photographs from Ladakh and Zanskar now showing in our Store

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LITTLE TIBET:  Photographs from Ladakh and Zanskar now showing in our Store

LITTLE TIBET:  An Exhibition of Photographs from Ladakh and Zanskar. View these and more in our Travel Photographs section. You can watch a video of some of our travels in Ladakh and Zanskar here. Ladakh and Zanskar are Buddhist enclaves in the high Himalayas of Northern India, between Kashmir and Tibet. Buddhism arrived over 1000 years ago and the cultural similarity with neighbouring Tibet earned it the name Little Tibet. Until China annexed Tibet in 1950, Silk Road caravans came with salt and wool to be traded in Leh, Ladakh’s main town. The remoteness of Ladakh - the name means Land of...

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Trekking in Ladakh, over the Timti La to Kanji

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Trekking in Ladakh, over the Timti La to Kanji

One of those days where things don't go to plan. The paths are blocked by rockfalls, progress is slow, we finish the last three hours by the light of iPhones and arrive several hours after sunset.

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Trekking in Ladakh, from Gyal to Kanji

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Trekking in Ladakh, from Gyal to Kanji

We leave our camp above Gyal village and trek over the Sarbantan La and the Yoma La on the first two days of our three day trek to the village of Kanji.

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Return to the Silk Road

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Return to the Silk Road

August 2017, we're heading off to the old Silk Road town of Leh, Ladakh, northern India. The Silk Road had numerous off shoots and Leh was a major Himalayan town on the Central Asian caravan routes of northern India. Caravans would come down across the Karakoram through Kashmir and from the Chang Tang and Tibet carrying wool and salt to be traded for cotton, silk, dyes, spices and dried fruit. In 1949 China annexed Tibet and closed the borders to trade and travel. Salt and wool no longer comes over from Tibet and there are no formal passages. Some clandestine trading...

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The Silk Road to England

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The Silk Road to England

The Silk Road, sometimes called the Silk Route spread across Asia from China to Italy and from Mongolia to India. But To England? Well, let's think: the Silk Road was a trading route for silk and many other precious commodities as well as a conduit for ideas, philosophy, religion and knowledge. But the Silk Road was originally a trading route for silk. And, being in a little bit tongue in cheek, in the modern day we've extended the Silk Road to England, on this site alone we have silk weaving and embroideries from India, Laos, Indonesia and Afghanistan. So yes, silks from...

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