The historic Old Town of Leh is generally called Kharyog (mKhar-yog), referring to the residential houses and community spaces directly below the seventeenth century Leh Palace. The Old Town bears testimony to the architectural heritage and socio-cultural history of Ladakh, which demonstrates an indigenous aesthetic as well as links to Central Asia, Tibet and Kashmir. This module provides a historic overview of the Old Town, accompanied by an allied article that discusses the significance and legacy of the Leh Palace, under which the Old Town lies. This is followed by two photo essays on Dosmoche, an annual religious festival held in Leh, and the changing face of the Old Town and bazaar; and finally, a short film that gives a glimpse into the structure and architecture of the Old Town.
This module is in collaboration with the Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation (LAMO).