Hotel Satkar Residency
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... of people and sellers all crammed in was immense, stalls selling gadgets, brightly coloured sari’s, all manner of food and snacks and thousands of people walking around the streets and alleyways making their purchases. We were the only white people there, so quite a spectacle for the locals! We found the famous cake and sweet shop and munched down on some tasty treats and prayed that our bellies could handle them, the shop looked extremely hygienic considering the ...
... with one of the Tsundues. It is situated right next to the temple and has about 134 residents (and only a few nurses!). One of the patients that I'll remember was a Buddhist Monk who lost his eyesight from snow glare going over the Himalayas in the middle of winter when the patrols on the Tibetan border are lighter. He lost all the vision in one eye and can see only light and dark with the other, he is only 30. They are hoping to move him to a Monastery ...
... Base Camp’ to be some sort of glorious summit where a huge flag blowing in the wind would exclaim; ‘Deo Tibba at 4800 metres, well done!’
Then again, most of us just wanted to know we’d made it to the top, and, despite the fact I’ll never be sure whether or not the sweat, blood and tears committed to getting there was really worth it in the end, I can be sure of one thing; that the panoramic view ...
... and videos they had recorded when were in the air. I would have tried to look better if I knew there was a guy with a 60x zoom camera in his hand recording me! We all took our recordings for Rs.400/ person after much bargaining.
On the way back, we stopped at the river. It was surrounded by forests. It was calm and silent and the only sound was that of the nearby stream ...
... or starvation. With a population of 6 million, that means 1 in 5 Tibetans has lost their lives at the hands of the occupation. The Chinese have cut ancestral forests, used holy lakes as toxic dumping grounds, conducted nuclear bomb tests, and destroyed over 6,000 monasteries and ancient sights. A moment of silence for all the suffering these people have endured.
So that, coupled with the grandness of what lay before me, inspired in me a desire ...