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Old 15th October 2011, 15:25   #466
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Day 07
18th August 2011
Kaaza - Kee - Kibber - TashiGanga - Langza - Kaaza

Kee Monastery.

Our first destination was Kee Monastery. We reached Kee Monastery by 11:30AM.

Some views of Kee Monastery en route

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Kee Town
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Entrance to Kee Monastery - Note the 8 Auspicious signs
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The views
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Day 07
18th August 2011
Kaaza - Kee - Kibber - TashiGanga - Langza - Kaaza

Kee Monastery.

Some more views before we enter the Monastery
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TS finds a friendly monk
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Entrance to the Monastery

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See the cliff and the construction of the Gompa
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Buddha Statue
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Old 15th October 2011, 15:52   #468
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Day 07
18th August 2011
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Kee Monastery.

The new prayer hall
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Opened in 2000
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Mind wanders free like a bird

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I love to be an observer, I started observing the monks and visitors at the Gompa.

Monks engrossed in a discussion
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Reading
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Modern Monk
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A kid at the Gompa
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He likes being photographed!
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Deep Discussion
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Lost in scriptures
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Keenly listening to her guide
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Observant
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Calm

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Well that's enough, let me see the place!

A typical flask found in almost all Gompa's
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Day 07
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Kee Monastery.

Some pictures from inside
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Day 07
18th August 2011
Kaaza - Kee - Kibber - TashiGanga - Langza - Kaaza

Kee Monastery.

Can anyone tell me what is depicted in these pictures??
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The top floor of the Gompa
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Mynah?
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Views from the terrace
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Beautiful views of the snow clad mountains
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Day 07
18th August 2011
Kaaza - Kee - Kibber - TashiGanga - Langza - Kaaza

Kee Monastery.

Why is it that almost all Gompa's have two antelopes look at a wheel as the emblem? -
Please tell me
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Why do we have such scary symbols at a Gompa?
- Please tell me
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What is this?
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I can't but keep thinking about the similarity it has with Onathappan / Thrikkakara appan - which in Kerala is used alongside the floral decorations during Onam. This structure represents Vamana - an incarnation of Vishnu. It is a pyramid with four faces depicting four stages of life of a man.

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Copyright of the above picture lies with respective owners. Used here only to represent the case in point.
Please tell me more about all these if you know. There's a lot to learn!




Another view - The structure looks a lot like the vilakku in south India
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Day 07
18th August 2011
Kaaza - Kee - Kibber - TashiGanga - Langza - Kaaza

Kee Monastery.

From the terrace we find this
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We visited the pray area and found three statues.
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The Prayer wheels

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Kee Monastery from there
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We offered a ride for the monk till Kibber
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We left Kee Monastery by 13:30hrs
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Day 07
18th August 2011
Kaaza - Kee - Kibber - TashiGanga - Langza - Kaaza

We reached Kibber by 14:00hrs.
Kibber was the highest village till a road to Komik was built!
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Our monk bids us goodbye.
He had given us good information about where to go in search of fossils.
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First view of Kibber
- cattle, farm and mountains.
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JP decided to checkout the highest internet cafe in the world. Me and TS decided to walk further in to the village.

We decided to walk on this route. Only the first 5 kilometers are done. Probably Chicham will be another destination in the next expedition.
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Kibber Village
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There are guest houses too

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An advice on the school wall
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Another guest house? No idea
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TS checking out dried cow dung cakes for fire
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Day 07
18th August 2011
Kaaza - Kee - Kibber - TashiGanga - Langza - Kaaza

Grandpa and Kids at Kibber
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Doesn't it look a lot like European building?
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Kibber village
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Snow clad mountain

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Discovery Bolero at Kibber

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We walk further towards Chicham
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Chicham village far away

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The marked roads

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Three flags

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Peculiar flower and seed

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We see a caravan
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The flowers by the windows remind me of Europe
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Mud house

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Kibber Gompa
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Views of Kibber from the Gompa

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Girl at Kibber
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Another girl helping out her dad with manual labour.
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I asked this girl "is rasthe se vapas jaa sakthe hain??" She looked at me and TS and promptly replies "yes sir, take the first path to the left" in English. I was stunned. Very well educated girl.

The school
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By the time we reached the place where we parked Discovery Bolero, the caravan also had reached there. He transports peas to Manali for sale.

The Caravan
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By 15:30hrs we left Kibber towards TashiGang in search of the fossils
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To add to what Lalu has said, let me give you some more info:

- Khibber used to be the highest motorable village in the world. On an earlier visit, villagers told me that temperatures dip to as low as (-) 35 C

- The Chichim road has been under construction for some years now, and from there I believe it will link up to Hanse village on the Kaza-Losar road.

- Nowadays, gompas have started charging fees for entry

- Most of the important rooms in gompas are locked up since they have lots of precious paintings and ancient manuscripts, besides gold idols, etc, so whenever you go, someone opens it up and shows you around.

- Lalu, the similarities with symbolism in Tibetan and Kerala religious ritual/ festivals are striking, am sure that they are all bonded by the same origins and belief! Sharp of you to point out the similarities.
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The interesting thing about Kaza is, that if you take the road upto Kaumic, you get some real nice green meadows, with stunning views.
I found these backdoor villages much more scenic as compared to standard tourist locations.
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The interesting thing about Kaza is, that if you take the road upto Kaumic, you get some real nice green meadows, with stunning views.
I found these backdoor villages much more scenic as compared to standard tourist locations.


Anyways carry on
Yes, I agree with you. It is a surreal experience to be climbing up beyond Langza and reaching the plateau with the snow peaks suddenly coming closer. I loved it, and we were the only people around except for some pea farmers gathering their produce and awaiting the collection trucks!
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Super fantastic pics Laluks,

Pics of key Monastery and Chicham village are class
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