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... and journaling every evening. Today we got our permit to enter the autonomous region by Tibet. Our plan for the next week is as follows, Kalpa - Nako - Tabo - Kaza. In each of these places we plan to stay 2-3 nights and do some day hikes and acclimatize for some longer hikes in the future. In Kaza we are hoping to have Wi-Fi again to update on the rest. Stay tuned for gorgeous landscapes, daunting mountains and two in shape girls! Photo count is up to ...
We embarked on a grueling 6 hour (which was really 8hour) bus journey to the mountain village of McLeod Ganj, home to his holiness the Dalai Lama himself! Now we weren't expecting luxury on a government bus, far from it, but for about two hours of the journey people were packed so tightly into that bus that I had numerous ******es, elbows and bags in my face. But being the protective big sister that I am, I am happy my little cherub Emma got the window seat so she was spared all ...
... up the green and buildings spotted amongst the trees. One amazing site was a church perched at the top of a mountain, just beautiful. We had concerns about haggling for a taxi to take us to our accommodation in Mcleodganj, but the price the taxi driver quoted (700 rupees- about $14) was well under what we had been planning so we agreed and jumped in (after attaching the excess luggage we had on the roof racks of the little vehicle). The 10km journey up the mountain was ...
... also a couple of monks with ancient looking horns and some with smaller cymbals. The remainder had a bell in one hand and one of those little drum things that they rotated to play. Each monk had many pages of 'song sheets' which were about 100mm high and 400mm wide that had all the chants written on them. The head monk (HM) didn't need the sheets as he had memorized this. In front of the HM at floor level was a round wood fire. The chanting continued in a monotone and two ...
... self Baba. An older Indian man with a Belgian wife. He likes to drink and smoke quite a bit. Five Canadians are also staying here so It's been cool hanging out with them. Nothing adventurous happening at the moment, just relaxing. I am learning a lot about Tibet and I'm hoping I can see a Dali lama teaching. He is suppose to be here on the ...