National Geographic : 1951 May
© National Geographic Society 613 Kodachromes by Volkmar Wentzel Himis Monastery Perches Between Desolate Crag and Tree-shaded Oasis. ApplesGrow at 10,000 Feet inSaspul Three neighbors. Russia, China, and India, keep watch over Ladakh and its strategic trade routes. Churchaffairs, however, prove more absorbing than power politics to the unworldly Ladakhis. Once a year many of them gather at Himis to see the Red Sect lamas, robed as saints and sinners, perform their mystery plays (pages 632, 633). Right: Wherever water can be tapped, miles-high valleys grow green with life. The author tasted not only apples but apricots, tomatoes, carrots, and sweet corn.