Zanskar-Ladakh travelogue, 2000

Phuktal gompa

The most typical type of traffic jam in Zanskar; encounters between hordes of beasts and man. The drama of existence!


And around the corner a magnificent rockbuilding becomes visible.


A view from upside/inside the famed Gelugpa order Gompa.
Like in many other Gompas you can sleep and eat here for a small donation to the monastic community. We slept on the roof, which is probably the area that is most free of lice. I certainly itched and scratched all night anyhow.

Due to the steep mountains and the sporadic wandering dense clouds,
the changes in light are sudden and awesome.


I recorded the morning prayer the next day on the mini disc.
(Will be online after Christmas!)

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