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Return to the Silk Road

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Return to the Silk Road

The old Silk Road town of Leh, Ladakh August 2017, we're heading off to Leh, northern India. The Silk Road had numerous off shoots and Leh was a major Himalayan town on the Central Asian caravan routes of northern India. Caravans would come down across the Karakoram through Kashmir and from the Chang Tang and Tibet carrying wool and salt to be traded for cotton, silk, dyes, spices and dried fruit. In 1949 China annexed Tibet and closed the borders to trade and travel. Salt and wool no longer comes over from Tibet and there are no formal passages. Some clandestine...

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Trekking in Ladakh and Zanskar

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Trekking in Ladakh and Zanskar

2016, we've just returned from the wonderful landscape and culture of Ladakh and Zanskar, a Buddhist region in northern India sandwiched between Kashmir and Tibet. It's an ancient culture often called Little Tibet, a high altitude desert region of mountain ranges and deep ravines.

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Buddha Statues and Images

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Buddha Statues and Images

The face of the Buddha is one of the most well known and iconic images in the world even though representations of his face vary widely from one Buddhist culture to another. In common is the sense of peace and liberation that we all desire.

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In Spiti: Tales from the Buddhist Himalaya

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In Spiti: Tales from the Buddhist Himalaya

Sunday morning in Kibber Sunday morning, Kibber, a small village at 4300m in the Buddhist Himalayan region of Spiti, northern India, near the Tibetan border. 11.30, the rain has stopped though our Tibetan host says it never rains. Low clouds cover the mountains above the village. Slow breakfast on the balcony - porridge, fried aggs and toasted bread. Kids playing handball in the schoolyard. A line of trekkers is straggling in over a low hill behind the village, coming from Ladakh via the Parang La. Tired and dirty – the last  three days are tough – but in good spirits,...

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