We were in Leh for Indian Independence Day on the 15th August and got to watch the celebrations. There was a performance held at the Polo Ground right near our guesthouse, so the week before we were privileged to a sneak peak, and watched the school groups practicing their marching as we walked past. It was a rather sweet event, it had a 'small town' feel with everyone out to watch. The army was there in all their finery, and generally watched along with the rest of the crowd. And it was the only time we really saw any traditional Ladakhi culture, as some of the performances featured traditional dance and dress from the region.
Photos by Ben Journee