The first word thrown to us when we landed in Leh was “Juleh” (also spelt Juley, Jule or Julay and pronounced “joo-lay“). We were reported that it means Hello. Curious, we asked our driver,at what it actually means. “Juleh is a magic word”, says the manager. “You can say juleh when you want to say hello, goodbye, thank you, how are you, nice to meet you and you’re welcome”.
An interesting part of the journey was reading the many signs on the road that remind anyone passing by that safety is top priority. Here are examples of some of the safety reminders we found intriguing:
- No one is chasing you!
- Drive, don’t fly.
- This is a highway, not a runway!
- Speed thrills and kills.
- Alertness avoids accidents.
- Life is a journey, complete it.
- Daredevil? Not here, please.
- Hurry and worry goes together.
- Drink whisky, drive risky.
- No hurry, no worry.
- Be gentle with my bend.
- Better late than never.
- I am curvaceous, slow down.
- Speed is like a knife to a life.
- If you sleep, your family will weep.
- Lower your gear, curve is near.
- Ifmarried,divorcespeed. Leh,was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, now the Leh District in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, India. Leh, with an area of 45,110 km, is the second largest district in the country in terms of area.The town is still dominated by the now ruined Leh Palace, former mansion of the royal family of Ladakh, built in the same style and about the same time as the Potala Palace.Leh is at an altitude of 3524 metres (11,562 ft), and connects via National Highway 1D connects it to Srinagar in the southwest and to Manali in the south via Leh-Manali Highway.
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