Spent Brothers Productions presents
Ladakh, Bengal & Sikkim

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Page 1: LADAKH

Flying over the Himalaya to land at Leh (capital of Ladakh)

Acclimatising to the 11800ft elevation in the Lotus hotel garden in Leh

The ruins of Leh palace from the hotel / Main street in Leh

The confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers / Lekir Gompa (monastery) (late C11th CE)

Lekir Gompa and the view down the valley from its roof

The main lhakang (ritual temple) and the large gilded image of Maitreya (the future Buddha) at Lekir

The luxury campsite at Ule

The main highway across Ladakh to Kashmir

Guide Thondup, driver Lopsang and Derek at the summit of the pass before Lamayuru Gompa

First glimpses of Lamayuru

The gompa was establshed around the cave where the famous Indian buddhist tantric master Naropa meditated for years (C10th CE)

The lhakang (right) containing the meditation cave

Cells on hillside used for the 3 year 3 month 3 week 3 day meditation retreat / Sheila with Thondup, his wife & friend

Threshing grain with yaks at Lamayuru

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