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... the scene at Jokhang Temple. The Buddhists walk clockwise. The Bon folks (the ancient religion of Tibet) walk counterclockwise - always an odd number of circles. These people make this walk every single day. They are praying as they walk, using their prayer beads as well as their prayer wheels. Their devotion is astounding!
Across the street from this beautiful ancient palace is a modern Chinese square, similar ...
... that we entered and finally we got to the main part of the monastery. At the main assembly hall the monks were chanting and for 20 Yuan (contribution to the monastery for taking photos) Rob took some great snaps of the monks. Because we had a long drive to Ganden by the time we stopped for lunch in a small town it was already 3pm! I ordered momos but they were massive so we all shared them. Momos are dumplings filled with yak meat and vegetables. ...
... day. It was 10 hours on that stupid bus and it was like being in hell on earth. Except, it was a really cold hell. Our journey ended with a short rest in our last hotel and quick turn around to get to the Tibet/Nepal border the next morning. We were all fairly disgruntled after a disappointing end to our tour but glad to be heading to a warmer climate and hopefully more awesome memories. On the flip side as well, I should mention that had the visa incident not ...
... considered the most sacred temple in Tibet. Here resides the first Buddha brought to Tibet. There are many statues throughout the main part of the temple and this is still an active temple with monks and students residing there. People are praying and touching the walls along the way. There were side, small chapels all along the way. Burning yak butter and incense are pervasive, at times almost ...
... monks do three of them, each year at New Year) are truly amazing. They looked like carpets, until we examined them closely to see they were made out of colored sand. This is definitely worth the visit.
Our next stop was the Jokhang Temple, located in the very center of Lhasa, and said to be the holiest structure for Tibetan Buddhists. The amount of gold on the roofs and altars here is enormous. It is not quite as extraordinary as what we ...