Lhasa Manasarovar Hotel
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However, my eternal belief in my own immune system and the old saying, "Feed a fever, starve a cold" has me up and bouncing today after stuffing my face full of food last night and then passing out on the bed for around 10 hours. Still had a couple of nosebleeds this morning but compared to the last 3 or 4 days (longer if you take it from when I started having ...
... without having to resort to restaurants catering for Westerners. Bliss.
First on the itinerary - Potala Palace. The traditional home of the Dalai Lama, the Potala Palace is almost 400 years old, and is immense. It is nearly 200m tall, and then it stands high on a hill overlooking the rest of the city; it has more than 1000 rooms (administrative, monastic, as well as residential - the Palace was ...
... blankets for tourists to sit astride for ten yuen, while others had large Tibetan mastiffs sitting obediently for a photo opportunity. On the return trip, we visited a family in Gampo, a man and his wife and their two sons, one a tiny tot who regarded us rather shyly, with some curiosity. Welcomed into
... a guesthouse, a square shaped building with one small opening, can only assume the architecture evolved from the pastoral lifestyle. It was homey, 3 beds in a room with single pane glass and quilts that had seen god knows how many sleepers, but the view is still in my mind's eye. A small window with Everest silhouetted and yaks wandering around. A photographers dream, if he had a decent camera.
Next day we went as far as the military ...
... kept concentrated on the street, hoping to not throw up or make an accident! :/
Samye Monastery and the pray hill
Once in Samye, the monastery was almost closes, so we had to postpone the tour to the morning after. But we still had the time to enjoy the warm day and to climb the hill full of pray flags.
On the top, the wind started to blow stronger and all the colored pray flags waved around us.
We kept going to climb till the top where a ...