came to Lhasa in Tibet 30/9 after a few days in Beijing. Here
are mostly Chinese people everywhere in every corner that controls. Portal
palace was fantastic both inside and outside. The
most holy of Tibetan monastery Jorkang we walked around and it was
touching to see all the pilgrims. We
have seen the giant Drepung monastery outside Lhasa that once had 10,000
monks but now has only the 300. We
were to Drak Yerpa Monastery which lies half inside caves high up on 4900 m.
It was a beautiful landscape and interesting architecture. After
spending the night there, we came back to Lhasa and went further north. We
are 6 Swedes plus two Tibetans, a guide and a driver, who
around in a minivan.
the way to Namtso a beautiful lake in the north, we visited a number of
monasteries and traversing through wide valleys flanked by high mountains
with yaks grazing on smooth plains. The
most exciting was a nunnery, Galo ani gompa, with the ancient settlements
and the splendid view from the guest room.
big lake Namtso has wide views over large Tibetan mountain ranges up
beyond 7000 meters and the flattening of the landscape to the north. The
colors intense, dizzying beauty landscape. The
hotels were cold and quite unhealthy though.
be back in Lhasa and a comfortable hotel. The
journey had come halfway. Large
part of the journey southward was marked by hiking up to hermit caves
where holy lamas meditated. The
most handsome monastery was probably Samye, the first Buddhist
monastery in Tibet and has a large circular plan as a mandala, a map of
the cosmos, bordered by 1008 small stupas.
journey continued to the beautiful turquoise lake Yamdrok-tso with
magnificent views of the mountain ranges in south bordering Bhutan and
Sikkim. A car ride to the
old city Gyanste went through a dramatic mountain landscapes, high passes
and close encounters with glaciers.
two cities Gyanste and Shigatse both have a walled monastery area
and towering castles. There
I found the most interesting and best architecture and art during the trip. After
a night in Lhasa we will take the train to Beijing and then fly home. More
photos and stories about the trip on the website coming up in short time. There
are thousands of images to edit.