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Front of the Norbulingka
After a breakfast on the rooftop of our hotel (Him Queen Annex) we decided to grab a taxi and head over to the Norbulingka Institute-an area that contains a school that preserves traditional Tibetan handicrafts, a beautiful Japanese-inspired temple and an outdoor cafe. We spent several hours walking the grounds, taking picutres, eating and bird watching. It seems like every so often Larry & I've found spots that we could just stay at forever: the river with the elephants, the Taj, and now the Norbulingka....it was a beautiful oasis.

Then it was time to return to our hotel and while we were relaxing Larry heard a faint chanting that began to get louder and louder. So we stepped out onto our balcony and there was a huge procession of monks and other folks all carrying signs and candles. We had no idea what is was about but it didn't matter-we had to join in! The  vigil wandered around the town and ended up inside His Holiness's complex in front of his temple. For the next hour or so, several people spoke passionately at a podium in front of cameras and about 100 eager tourists and dedicated monks. It was a very special and spontaneous moment that we were lucky to be a part of. Unfortunately, however, we had no idea what was being said as none of it was in English. But, the feeling was enough to warm our hearts----and we left happily to Taste of India for dinner.
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Front of the Norbulingka
Front of the Norbulingka
Japanese inspired beauty
Japanese inspired beauty
Lounging at the cafe
Lounging at the cafe
What an oasis!
What an oasis!
One of the classrooms where thangk…
One of the classrooms where thang…
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
Beginnings of a thangka--they make…
Beginnings of a thangka--they mak…
Shrine in the forest
Shrine in the forest
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