Little Tibet

July 2009

After my initial trip to India a couple of years ago I thought I knew what to expect. However choosing to head to the far Northern Jammu & Kashmir region, specifically an area called Ladakh is not like visiting other parts of India.

The area is also known as Little Tibet as it is where many of the Tibetan people settled after fleeing the Chinese invasion. As a result it has its own very distinct culture and a large Buddhist community.

Its remote location, in the foothills of the Western end of the Himalayas, makes the landscape and scenery stunning although the altitude does mean you have to take things easy for a few days when you first arrive!

Pagoda in the Mountains
Masked Dancer
Young Monks
Watching the show
The old men
Head Monks
Procession of the Tibetan Buddhist Horns
Dancing Monk
Master of Ceremonies
Mountain Stupas
Hilltop Monastery
Articles of Faith
A Religious Life
Temple Frescoes
Shanti Stupa
Detail on Shanti Stupa
Working the Fields
Prayer flags over the Indus
Rizong Monastery
Little Buddha
Temple Idols
Mahakala Mask
Temple Door
Sitting Watching the Mountains
Mountain View
At Upshi Truck Stop
Prayer Flags at the Pass
Light on the Mountains
The Long and Winding Road...
More Prayer Flags
Mountain Lake
Carved Stone
Falling Water
Traditional House
Prayer Wheels
Double Rainbow over Mandi
Tending the Rice
Little Miss Serious
Festival Transport
Hindu Monk (redux)
The Golden Temple
Meals for 10,000