Fluttering Amidst the Snows

Buddhist prayer flags flutter in the wind above the partly frozen lake surrounded by snow-covered mountains. Gurudongmar Lake, is one of the highest lakes in the world and is situated in the state of Sikkim in India. The lake, considered sacred by both Buddhists and Hindus, is named after Guru Padmasambhava, founder of Tibetan Buddhism…

Long Lonely Walk

A monk takes a long lonely walk from Julidok Vilage towards the Rangdum Monastery in Rangdum Valley, Zanskar Julidok is a small village halfway between Kargil and Padum, a town in Zanskar. The village is situated next to Suru River and the valley floor is covered with moraine. On one end of the valley is…

Last Tree Standing

A lone tree stands amidst a field overgrown with shrubs. One one of my bike rides towards Dhimbam Ghats, I took an alternate route via a Tibetan settlement called Odayarpalya. Late morning the spring weather was beautiful and the heat was still not a problem. I parked on the side of the road and strolled…

Drive-by Blessings

A truckĀ  stops to allow its passengers take blessings from the gods. One one of my bike rides towards Dhimbam Ghats, I took an alternate route via a Tibetan settlement called Odayarpalya. Late morning the spring weather was beautiful and the heat was still not a problem. I stopped on the side of the road…