Rumbak Monochromes

24 January 2018, Hemis National Park, Ladakh.

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(Ladakh Trip).

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The village Rumbak, the great metropolis near where we were camping, is in Hemis National Park.

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Walking into Rumbak.

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One of the many carved stones.

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Stupa and ruins beyond the village.  Path over the mountains behind the stupa.

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Remains of ruined house.

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A closer look at the stupa.

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A corner of the village’s ceremonial hall.

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A Buddhist flag on the trail up the main valley.

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Our first campsite.

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Another Buddhist flag.

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More stones with writing.

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Ancient huts or houses.

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This one has a chimney so it is clearly an old house and associated pen.

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The track across the ice into Rumbak.

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Inscribed stones.

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Inscribed stones and stupas.

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A row of stupas.

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Stupas and house.

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Stupa with blue sheep horns guarding the village.

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Blue sheep horns and mountains.

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Alchi and Likir Monasteries Monochromes

24 January 2018, near Leh, Ladakh.

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(Ladakh Trip).

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View from Toilet, walking in to Alchi Monastery.

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The long line of prayer wheels on the way in.

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Ancient paintings looking up inside one of the recesses of a stupa, Alchi Monastery.

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Stupas, inside and out.

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The staff said to have grown into a tree, Alchi Monastery.

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Stupas on the road between Alchi and Likir Monasteries.

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Tiny dwelling on the cliff face (you may need to click to enlarge and see it).

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Children outside the store at Likir Monastery.

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The huge Buddha at Likir Monastery.

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Decoration details.

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A view over the valley from the monastery.

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There were several of these on the roofline.

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Alchi Monastery, Black and White, Buddhism, Hemis Monastery, India, Ladakh, Landscape, Leh, Monochrome, Photography, Street photography, Tibet An upper courtyard.

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We were invited to a prayer meeting of the villagers.  Here an old woman is leaving.

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… and a young boy is nearby.

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Inside the prayer meeting….

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Outside in the sun.

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Looking back at Likir Monastery.

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Cow and house.

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The monastery above Nimmu Village.

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Mountains and shadows.

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Hockey on the ice by families outside a military camp.

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Mountains and clouds.

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Thiksay and Hemis Monasteries Monochromes

23-24 January 2018, near Leh, Ladakh.

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(Ladakh Trip).

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Thiksay Monastery.

(The linked article with the colour images includes Brief Histories of both Tibet and Ladakh).

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Dawn prayers.

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Mountains with radical folding, on the way to Hemis Monastery.

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Stakna Monastery.

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Ice on the Indus.

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Hemis Monastery.

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Views on the way from Hemis Monastery to Alchi Monastery.

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Confluence of the rivers Indus (below) and Zanskar.

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Delhi Monochromes

21-22 January 2018, Delhi, India.

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(Ladakh Trip).

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Back streets of Old Delhi.

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Morning tea at the pigeon loft.

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Neville talking to Dhruv Gupta.

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Fatepuri Masjid.

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 Khari Baoli, a street known as the site of Asia’s largest spice market.

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In passing on the street.

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In the lounge room of Dhruv Gupta’s home.

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Humayan’s Tomb.

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Women’s Self Help Group, Nizamudin area.

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Leh Palace

2 February 2018, Leh Palace and Leh, Ladakh, India

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We had walked out of the National Park and we still had an afternoon in Leh.  We chose to visit Leh Palace and I combine those images with a few I took in our earlier stay in Leh.

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On the skyline of Leh, high above Leh Palace, is Tsemo Fort (the upper white structure), built between 1555 and 1575 by King Tashi Namgyal.  The buildings below it are Tsemo Gompa or Monastery, built by King Tashi Namgyal in 1430.  It houses an eight-metre high gilded statue of Buddha. Access is difficult because of a steep climb from a road and fleeting and uncertain opening hours.  Women are only allowed access when the statues are veiled.  This and the next image was taken from the roof of the hotel we were staying in during our first afternoon in Leh.

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Sunset over the distant mountains.

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The main street of Leh, Main Bazaar Road, the next morning.

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The far end of the same street, after returning from the National Park.  Leh Palace is on the middle skyline and Tsemo Fort on the right skyline.

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It would take a long time to walk from Leh to the Palace, especially at altitude and with the maze of roads.  We took a taxi up and the road comes in from the side.  This is a corner of the top of the palace as we walk in.

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Looking out over Leh from the path into the Palace.  In the foreground is Soma Gompa, a monastery built below the Palace in 1840 but disused since the 1950s when a replacement was built in town.

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Another view out over Soma Gompa.  The huge “carpark” in the distance is the Polo Ground and it’s not a relic of British India.  Polo originated in Persia and is said to have come to Central Ladakh from Baltistan, just north of Ladakh, now primarily Moslem and occupied by Pakistan. King Jamyang Namgyal is said to have introduced it in the 16th century who married Gyal Khatun, a princess from Baltistan. A few months before we arrived, polo was being played here during the 2017 Ladakh Festival.

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The main door to the Palace.

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Construction of the Leh Palace started in 1553 by Tsewang Namgyal, founder of the Namgyal dynasty, and it was completed by Sengge Namgyal (“the Lion King) who died in 1642.  It predates the Potala Palace in Lhasa, for which construction commenced in 1645.

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The palace has nine stories.  The ground area was used for stables, the first floor for storage and the second by servants.  The King’s Audience Hall, the Tsokhang, was on the fourth floor and the King and Queen’s private areas were on the fifth floor.  The three floors above that were wholly or in part for religious use.

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A detail of the ceiling of one of the interior rooms.

Remarkably, the palace has no foundations but the inwards sloping walls assist with stability and alternating layers of stone and wood provide elasticity to help withstand earthquakes.

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Stairs leading up to the highest level.

The palace was sacked by invading Tibetan and Mongolian forces in 1685.  It was also severely damaged by Zorowar Singh’s forces in 1836 and the royal family moved out from that time to their current residence of Stok Palace on the other side of the Indus.

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An upper floor room including faded remains of a very damaged wall fresco.

The palace is mainly empty apart from the Royal Shrine and some photographic displays.  Photography was not permitted in the shrine but there are images from there in Kevin Standage’s blog.

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There were magnificent views available from the roof of the palace.  This is Shanti Stupa, a new and elaborate chorten built in 1991.

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Stupas, near the polo field.

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A view from below of Tsemo Fort and Monastery.  There was originally a structure here built by the Dards in the 5th century and some of the ruins of that is probably what you see on the near skyline.

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Still in the palace and on the way down now.  A view from one of the rooms.

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A prayer wheel beside the road to the palace, incorporating a gate to I think a residential area.

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A view of the palace in the late afternoon sun.

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That was the last post for the Ladakh trip, apart from monochromes.  Next will be a live music post, an exhibition post, and some monochrome posts from this trip.  After that l will be posting on the Atacama to finish off the posts for my 2015 Madagascar/ South Georgia trip.

Pigeons and Flowers

20 January 2018, Delhi, India

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We leave the streets of Old Delhi and ascend to the rooftops.

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Here some friends of Dhruv Gupta are having morning tea.

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They keep pigeons, which is a popular pasttime in Old Delhi.

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A flock of pigeons is released, fly around for awhile and the come back (to where they get fed).

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Here Neville is talking to Dhruv Gupta.

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Next we visit Fatepuri Masjid. This was built in 1650 by Fatepuri Begum, one of the wives of Shah Jahan, who came from Fatepur, a town in Rajastan. Despite its age, this presents as more of mosque for ordinary people than a tourist attraction.

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One of the four entrances to the central square of the mosque, from the inside.

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Next to the mosque is Khari Baoli, a street known as the site of Asia’s largest spice market.  Here, we are in a flower factory, producing  garlands and no doubt flowers for religious festivals and other purposes.

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This group of young people pulling and pushing a cart were very happy to be photographed.

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Guardian of the chillies.

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Street tightrope boy.

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Here we are drinking tea in Dhruv Gupta’s immaculately restored haveli:  David, Maree, Neville, Bernie, Ian, Di, Andrew, Emma, Dhruv Gupta and Jools.

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In the afternoon, with a different guide, we visited Humayan’s Tomb.  I have a fuller coverage of this in a post from my 2014 visit to India, including a brief history of India up to the time of Humayan.

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On the way in….

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The elegant ceiling of the tomb.

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Later, in the Nizamudin area, where outside photography was not encouraged.

(Help is at hand).

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Back Streets of Old Delhi

20 January 2018, Delhi, India

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We got in very late on our flight from Singapore and the next morning our guide Dhruv Gupta took us in a stroll through the back streets of old Delhi.

Little point in captions for most of these images.  No point me describing what you can see perfectly well for yourselves.

As always, at least if you have a proper monitor, you can click the images for more detail.

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Delhi, India, Landscape, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

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Delhi, India, Landscape, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

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Delhi, India, Landscape, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

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Delhi, India, Landscape, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

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Delhi, India, Landscape, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

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Delhi, India, Landscape, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

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Delhi, India, Landscape, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

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Delhi, India, Landscape, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

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Delhi, India, Landscape, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

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Delhi, India, Landscape, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

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Delhi, India, Landscape, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

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Delhi, India, Landscape, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

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Delhi, India, Landscape, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

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