Went to a few monasteries with some peeps from the guesthouse a couple days ago but not before having breakfast at Leh View restaurant. This is the view from the roof (yes, they have tables on the roof.)
Still haven't arranged for a trek. It's all very expensive. Been shopping around for shawls and somehow was convinced into buying a carpet for $550 (from $950, these guys were really desperate) even though I knew I couldn't afford it or didn't even really want it. Something about getting a good bargain and the prospect of turning a profit on it.... But if I can't sell it I'll have a really nice silk Kashmere carpet. So, yeah, hopefully I'll be able to sell it.
Between the carpet and the shawls I have overspent my budget. So when I get to Benares I better figure out a way to sell the shawls or carpet online or I might be going home early and selling them at Xmas time (which wouldn't be so bad) -- set up a little stall in the mall. I think I bit off a bit more than I can chew, though. An Israeli guy was kinda keen on getting in on the action. He said he'd be able to come to the states for next Xmas season. And no doubt I'll still have some by then.
But anyway, the trip to the Monasteries was really nice. The atmosphere of these temples built in and on hillsides is really quite to my liking.
In one of the temples there was a giant Buddha. 25 feet high or so.
Artisans reviving the outside and inside of two different temples.
Hmm... a bit scary
We sat in on Tibetan monks chanting, drumming and horn blowing. There were many children among them. Some were throwing things at each other, but none of the adults seemed to be minded by their occasional hourseplay. I guess children are allowed to be children in India. The view looking out from the temple since I wasn't able to get a good pic inside the low light.
Really I was quite impressed and moved by the whole affair.
Top of a temple
Inside one of the temples.
Whenever you enter a new temple there are these prayer turn thingies. You are asked to turn them clockwise only.
Well, I had a picture of me praying to the gods in my New Zealand blog so I only thought it appropriate to have one for my India blog.
Thanks everybody for showing so much interest in my travellog and posting so many comments!
Health update: My hand heals slowly. There is still a deep line indentation where it landed on the rock. Last night woke up a few times in the middle of the night with a queasy tummy that has been off and on all day. Not worried about it tho.
Nori did you make it to Veranasi yet? Check in with an update!