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Another monastery in Gyantse

DAY 7 

In Gyantse we visited the Palkhor Monastery and KumBum Stupa said to be the largest stupa in Tibet.  It was pretty big, containing a 1000 or so replicas of different Buddhas. Here there were also the remains of a large fortress on the side of a mountain in the middle of the town.

During the trip we managed to see loads of wildlife wandering around, such as deers, yaks, falcons or vultures, crows the size of dogs, heaps of goats and sheep, few horse and donkeys, and a cross between a horse and yak not sure what it’s called.  The mountains and valleys were nothing short of spectacular and I am afraid my vocabulary doesn’t do the scenery justice.  But you get the picture.  I couldn’t get over just how many massive boulders and rocks there were, or roads that were built into the sides of mountains and these mountains were just sheets and sheets of slate or similar rock.

We drove from Gyantse to Lhasa via the Yamdroktso Lake, which just seems to stretch on forever and ever.

  This part of the trip was slow due to the fact that the Chinese had decided to rip up many klms of dirt road in an attempt to make the journey almost impossible by conventional vehicle.  11 hours or so later, including about 70 klms of bitumen road thank god, we arrived in Lhasa the capital of Tibet, and finally to a guest house where we could repair ourselves. 

We organized the trip through a reputable tour company in KTM for $476 including guide, Landcruiser, driver, breakfast, accommodation, and all necessary permits for the PSB check points spread out along the said dirt road that that is called the National Friendship Highway.  The group of people we had on hand was fantastic and it was them and Tibet that really made the trip a success of sorts.  The ability of the guide has been a constant source of amusement during the trip, to the point where we suspect the real guide was in fact kidnapped and that was the reason for them being late in the first instance. 

 

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Another monastery in Gyantse
Another monastery in Gyantse
Gyantse to Lhasa via the Yamdrokts…
Gyantse to Lhasa via the Yamdrokt…
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