Lhasa Manasarovar Hotel
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... glaciers. The peaks were jagged pinnacles into the sky. Quite something to see...the Himalayas! Yahoo!
After landing, we drove over the Yellow River on the way to Lhasa. This river starts in the upper glaciers of the Himalaya and when it enters India, it is called the Ganges. We drove past farming areas and could see famers working in the fields. Barley is very big here. The airport is about an hour outside ...
... Arrived Namato National Park, 4200 meters! Surrounded by yak and the black nomad tents. Got to love the motorcycles or solar panels! We finally got up to Sky Lake and wow is it beautiful! The water is greeny turquoise and the peaks almost look like hills because we are so high up. We stopped at a nomads tent and for 10 yuan we could take pics. The cutest elderly (well she looked it...could be from hard living...was sitting next to her blanket which was held down by rocks waiting ...
... extended under us.
The Samye monastery seemed a mandala, so small and colorful!
We took our time there, making pictures, listening to our guide stories and meditating.
We and the monks
Since we still have time before the dinner, we went inside the monastery's walls, where beautilful green gardens and peaceful animals walked around.
We went in the courtyard of the monastery where just monks were there.
For the first time we saw monks busy ...
... After a couple of warm up temples we were ready for the big one: The Potala Palace. Up to 1959 and the "cultural revolution" when Tibet lost it's independence and was claimed by the Chinese, Potala Palace had been the home to the Dalai Lama, around 3000 monks and a whole village of people housed at the foot of the huge palace where it stood grand on a hill at almost 4000m above sea level.Not having been inhabited since then it now stands more as a monument ...
... we didn't get to see the holy lake, I was satisfied with the awesome sceneries and great traveling companions. At night, we caught up with one of Julia's traveling friend, Rafaella, a Belgium cyclist on her world tour, including Central Asia. We all had a nice Tibetan dinner at Snowlands Restaurant. The lamb ribs I ordered was extremely tasty. After dinner, we walked over to Potala Palace to get some photographs of the lit up palace. ...