Next day – off to Dhankar

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Every family – if they have cattle or not – of a village has to take care of all the animals for one day. So one or more members of that family bring them to the feeding grounds in the morning. Watch over them for the day and return home with them in the evening.

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Part of Dhankar Gompa – this part is not in use anymore as the whole temple is in danger of falling down from the mountain.

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Deep down fields of another village.

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Dhankar Gompa – the building on the top left. It is one of the 100 most endangered sites in the world.

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Childrens toy – same same as in many poor countries.

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Very small market.

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Morning clouds come up from the valley.

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The villages cattle on the way to their feeding ground.

Off to Lalung in Spiti Valley

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The other bridge was gone so we had to detour and took the only one for miles over the river.

India 2010Lalung – our stop for this night. The family where we stayed had 8 fields before. The river took 6 and a half the other night so now they are in a bit of trouble.

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The friendly monk did open up Lalung Gompa for us. Lalung or Lhalun means something like ‘land of the gods’. This one is quite different from the other we did see so far – exquisite clay figures and the Lama told as. “All this is not mad by man”. And over 1000 years old. Guess it was not destroyed cause the Gompa is so far away from everything. Only the kingdom Ladakh and Gunge did fight over Spiti. Thanks to the Indian Union where Spiti is a part of you find here one of the last few unspoiled Tibetan Buddhism cultures left on the planet.

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Lets go Trekking!

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Finally trekking in Spiti Valley!

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Went with Eric – Iveta please not the cup!!

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This is what the Dutch do when they are high up. Guess it is the thin air at 5000 m????

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Big Buddha is watching over our village.

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The 1st house is ours – for this night.

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Grandma – there is some sort of celebration waiting for her.

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But 1st food!

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Than there was singing and dancing going on till very very late!