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A road trip across Ladakh, the northernmost region of India, which is tucked snugly into the valleys of the Trans-Himalayas and sits between Kashmir, Pakistan and Tibet, is certainly breath-taking, awe-inspiring and all those other words you would attribute to sweeping views of snow-capped peaks soaring above 7000 meters.

If you take a moment to lower your line of sight, however, you will also find it rather entertaining. The border authorities - not normally known for their sense of humour after several wars with Pakistan and China in this region - have put up road signs every few kilometers along the few (but long!) Ladkahi roads, with the aim of encouraging people to stick to safe driving. "Not so fast darling", "Go slow on my curves", "Love thy neighbour but not while driving", "High way is not the way to get high", etc, etc. You get the point!

On the way down from what is supposedly the 3rd highest motorable road in the world, connecting the Pagong Lake on the India-Tibet border with Leh, the capital of Ladakh, I caught sight of this sign, a real cutie if ever a road sign could be considered "cute".

The signs certainly don't slow down the multitudes of speeding mini-bus and truck drivers that dominate the roads. But then again, since all the signs are in English, it would seem they are intended for us tourists who are much more likely to drive off into a 500 meter drop while admiring those breath-taking peaks.

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