National Geographic : 1913 Jul
IN THE STREETS OE LEH The city of Leh is the capital of Ladakh, sometimes called Little Tibet. It lies at an elevation ofover II,ooo feet above the sea, inanarrow valley, through which flow the upper waters of the River Indus. This picturesque town, surrounded bywalls, isagreat trading center, and to it flock merchants from other parts of Kashmir, from Lhasa, Afghanistan, and Turkestan. An active trade infurs, shawls, and wool isconducted here. It is also an important religious center for the northern Buddhists, both on account of its own lamaseries and temples and oftheimportant lamasery of Spitok, which is not far distant, the abbot of which is a person of great religious prominence inKashmir.