People's Exhibition

This area is for you to share your creative work. Have you been inspired by the images from the gallery to create your own views of Everest?

Tell us if you have had a debate about the impact of tourism on the environment and people of the Everest region.

Do you have images of areas that show how much your local area has changed?

Ladakh
©Royal Geographical Society

Leh Market

Ladakh, C.G. Rawling, 1903-5

Leh Market, Ladakh, Sunetro Ghosal, 2005

Leh market has traditionally been the backbone of the city, with ancient alleyways, secret paths and hidden homes branching from it. The change at the streetlevel over the last two decades has been as dramatic and profound as the economy and outlook - a mixture of the traditional and the more modern!

The city in Ladakh
©Royal Geographical Society

Leh City

General view of Ladakh city,
C G Rawling, 1903

Leh city, Ladakh, Sunetro Ghosal, 2005

Leh is the main town in the Trans Himalayan region in North Western India, Ladakh. It was on a major trade route connecting India to the Silk Road. It has many influences - Indian, Yarkhandi, Tibetan. Yet the most drastic change that Leh has seen is since 1974, when the Indian government opened the region for tourism. This bird's eye view of the town captures the change, through the montains, the town plan and some building remain unchanged.

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Be inspired by reading the following extract from one of the winning entries of our Young Geographer's competition on the theme of Everest - yesterdays expedition, todays package holiday, tomorrows..?

Oy, you there Everest is not a rubbish bin put your trash somewhere else. This resigns in my head all day long and by the end my voice is hoarse. For I am Kushang Dorjee, a Sherpa of Darjeeling. I am a humble man and I do what I do because I want to provide my children with the education that I never had. I cannot read or write, I climb because I have to, not because its there....

By Kate, Oxford High School

Email your contributions to uta@rgs.org or post them to Unlocking the Archives, Heritage Education Officer, RGS-IBG, 1, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR, United Kingdom. Please include your contact details.