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... has lived there for over 50 years, and probably never will again.
Norbulingka was the summer residence of the Dalai Lama, and is yet another beautiful place to visit. 'Jewelled Park' in Tibetan, Norbulingka is spread over almost 90 acres, and is filled with trees and flowers around the monastic buildings. Obviously no leaves on the trees or flowers in bloom on Christmas Day, but ...
... the day and ordered our food! It was really good timing to go for dinner because we passed over the plateau whilst we were eating and the views from the restaurant car were fabulous. The train line runs between lots of snowy mountains and you are really close to them. There were eagles flying around and there were even some houses. The highest part is 5072m so we weren't expecting to see houses or cars up there. After tea we went back to our cabin and cracked open some beers with Tony and his parents....rock and roll! ...
... br> Really…the security and presence of the military is everywhere. We are checked and it is forbidden to take photos of them and if the see someone doing it they will come and ask you to show it to them---it happened to one of our fellow travelers as we went through the checkpoint to enter the city of Lhasa. A guard boarded the bus and demanded that she show him her cell phone. She was pretty freaked. There’s lots of security check-type ...
... on a hillside and really is a breathtaking sight. The inside of the palace is noticeably just as beautiful as the outside, with hundreds of golden Buddha statues of all shapes and sizes, ornate wall murals and gold stupas, thrones and all sorts of other relics as well as offerings left behind by the thousands of Buddhist worshippers visiting there.
Tenzing kindly gave us a 'Buddhism for Dummies' crash course, explaining the different Lamas and how they are ...
... scenery became. Soon
the rather straight roads became passes and were winding and twisting their way
up and along the edges of mountains etc. Some of the cuttings we passed through
were simply amazing to say the least.
As per usual we stopped on a number of occasions to take
photos and stretch our legs. This area of the Himalayas must get quite cold in
winter as many of the tops of the mountains still have some snow on them but
what gives it away most are ...