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Silkroad D12 - Drek Yerpa Monastery - Holiest Cave Retreat?

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Yerpa Valley, reaching the parking lot of Drakyerpa monastery - The scenic view that first greeted me
Drak Yerpa is located 30km northest of Lhasa, and highly regarded as one of the holiest cave retreats in the region. The area is deeply peaceful and has very stunning views. The monastery is built on the hillside and read that it has over 80 cave retreats?!? Not to mention, it is often not popular with tourists, which make this trip even more unique.

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.
Looking further to the valley
I guessed the fact that the monastery has very different architecture which explained for the unique feeling i had. Many of the statues were housed in cave dwellings. Even monks have rooms using the caves.  The overlooking view into the Yerpa Valley was even more mesmerizing.

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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Yerpa Valley, reaching the parking…
Yerpa Valley, reaching the parkin…
Looking further to the valley
Looking further to the valley
Stone piles stacked neatly
Stone piles stacked neatly
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I like this clean energy solution…
One of the cave dwellings
One of the cave dwellings
I gently asked the monk for photog…
I gently asked the monk for photo…
The dwelling which he guards
The dwelling which he guards
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Portion of the monastery from bel…
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Fascinating flora which looks lik…
Locals making their trip too. Alre…
Locals making their trip too. Alr…
Further slope above. Ladders are d…
Further slope above. Ladders are …
Another monk offered me to sit dow…
Another monk offered me to sit do…
Restoration in process!
Restoration in process!
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Elegantly crafted designs from ce…
Elegantly crafted designs to doors
Elegantly crafted designs to doors
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Elegantly crafted designs on wall…
Another valley perspective shot
Another valley perspective shot
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Painting in progress. Using rich …
Partially done
Partially done
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Painters taking a break. It's noo…
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The valley view from the extreme …
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Painting in progress. It will tak…
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Decorated skull, suppose to ward …
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I still like the valley view, i g…
A monk relaxing from his hide
A monk relaxing from his hide
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Slowly moving towards the right o…
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Locals usually will offer yak but…
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discover 2 kids messing around wi…
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The kid was trying to copy a Tibe…
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I guess they could not understand…
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Young tibetan monk. Was told that…
Coloured temple wall pillar
Coloured temple wall pillar
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The animals were elated when they…
So near, staring right in my face!
So near, staring right in my face!
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They were looking for food, and n…
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Just wondering if it is vulture..
The senior monk resting place, whe…
The senior monk resting place, wh…
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The view below leads to the sky b…
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I was abit shock to see relief te…
Dressed up yaks
Dressed up yaks
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I believe i am walking along towa…
By the side of the mountain slope.
By the side of the mountain slope.
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Done with the mountain finally,go…
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Now i'm on the opposite site of t…
walking towards my nxt spot,the st…
walking towards my nxt spot,the s…
Path getting harder to walk
Path getting harder to walk
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In fact, it's another pretty stee…
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The upclose view was really worth…
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Wow, i like the background view w…
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Reaching my final destination soo…
Finally made my way up
Finally made my way up
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My final break at the local noodl…
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What do you think of open-air toi…
I didnt walk to that mini stupa pa…
I didnt walk to that mini stupa p…
The grand mountains behind made a …
The grand mountains behind made a…
trying to capture the route that w…
trying to capture the route that …
Finally, i know it is called Drak …
Finally, i know it is called Drak…
Journey back Lhasa
Journey back Lhasa
A break for photograph shots. Amaz…
A break for photograph shots. Ama…
The view from atop
The view from atop
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