Silkroad D12 - Drek Yerpa Monastery - Holiest Cave Retreat?
Yerpa Travel Blog› entry 17 of 21 › view all entries
January 6th, 2009 – by: wsquare
The driver told me that if I've been to Potala Palace, Jokhang, Sera Monasteries, one cannot miss the monastery here in Yerpa. Why ? The answer given by my local driver was the feeling and viewing will not be complete. He asserted that even locals will attempt to make their trips to Yerpa each year.
In fact, so many monasteries that I've visited throughout my Tibet trip so far, Drek Yerpa did give me a very different fascinating feeling.
Also the entire stroll was unique in its way as the entire monastry site have buildings/stupas or highlights sparsely located.
We reached Drek Yerpa around 11am. I really enjoyed the stroll and chatting with some of the locals there. In fact the walking journey was pretty tough with steep steps, winding mountainous paths and off-the-beaten-paths. It took me an entire 4 hours to complete the whole survey of the whole monastery and its surrounding.
Also to my surprise when i am documenting now, did i learn that I also walked pass a sky burial site unknowingly!
It was already 3pm when i start making my way back to Lhasa city! Indeed it was yet another spiritual, light-hearted feeling when i left the place.
[Afternote] Drek Yerpa is one of the very few monasteries that I've visited that allow photography inside the temple. So get ready your camera if you are heading there =)
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