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Tibetan Buddhist Gompas

Gompas or Gönpas (Tibetan: དགོན་པ།, dgon pa “remote place”, Sanskrit araṇya), also known as ling ( gling) The designs and interior details of gompas vary from region to region, they all have a central prayer hall furnished with a Buddha statue and benches that nuns...


Dalai Lama

His Holiness visited Spiti in June 2009 and gave a teaching to many locals who came from nearby valleys to see him. The newly built monastery which was inaugurated by His Holiness, stands on the spot where the old monastery known as Tenggyud Lhundrup Choekhor...

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Butter Art

For Tibetan Buddhist monks and laity, artistic butter designs, known as torma or tsepdro, take on a spiritual role. Traditionally made using yak butter mixed with barley flour and coloring they are modeled by hand. Since butter melts easily, monk artists making butter sculptures need...


Mountain Passes Kunzum Range

Passes in Tibetan are called La We are entering Spiti valley from Manali and Lahaul valley via the Rohtang pass. From the 4550m top of Kunzum La on a clear day you can see peaks in every direction (La is the Tibetan word for mountain...


The Inner Life

For millennia in Ladakh the many Buddhist Gompas that sprang up in this extarodinary landscape have nurtured and instructed the inner life for all who enter there. Just to step into the prayer hall of a Gompa is an experience that is immediately palpable. The...


People on the Mountain Path

Gassing up ready to ride Here are some of the amazing friends and travellers that I have met over the past 14 years riding in the mountains. The freedom that is so easily felt when you are riding at altitude in the Himalayas make every...

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Bridge to Tibet

On the road to Spiti Valley there are many bridges now crossing the might Sutlej river. The Tibet highway connecting this area with Tibet was cut into the mountain side on the right bank of the Sutlej and was once the only route. At that...


Reaching for the Beyond : :

Chiu Gompa built into the cliffs on a hill on the shores of Lake Manasarovar in Tibet Lake Manasarovar is near the source of the Sutlej River which is the easternmost large tributary of the Indus. Nearby are the sources of the Brahmaputra River, the...

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