September 19th, 2005 – by: marg_eric
In the morning our driver (Pardo) and guide (Dorje) picked us up at the hotel in Lhasa
for our journey to Nepal. Our first stop would be Ganden monastery. Ganden is situated at the top of Wangbur Mountain. It is an imposing complex still being restored because it was mostly destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. We wander around the buildings and decide to walk the Kora, which is quite a challenge at 4.750 m. We walk with some Tibetan pilgrims who show us all the special places along the way. This was very special! Our journey continues to Tidrum, a little village with a nunnery. Along the way we pick up a nun for a lift to her village. She is very grateful and asks us to come to her little house for tea. She wants us to take some pictures of her with her prayer book (one year later my sister travelled to the same village, found her to gave her some copies). After our visit to her we stroll through the village and take a look at the hot springs but honestly it didn’t look real appealing so we skipped the bathing. Our last stop of the day is the Drigung Til Monastery. It is beautifully located at about 4.600m. overlooking a valley. Here they perform sky burials. We saw the big birds cruising the air above the hills .