I thought I would try and put in a few more pictures.These are monks who perform buddhist rituals at special times. They always wear masks, some where pretty scary. These death masks provided great humor amongst the crowd.
We climbed up beyond this palace to the castle. It was a very tough climb up a huge flight of steps. We were all tired by the end. I needed a lot of ‘energy’ sweets to make it one piece.
After Louise got ill on our trek (sunstroke) she took it into her head to not eat the flat bread. She is living on cake and chips. Her she enjoys the former.
I liked the desert, but it was hard. I drank 3 litres of water that day, not including chai or apricot juice.
Louise did not drink enough and fell ill. The only cure seems to be huge amounts of cake and chips. How much vitamin c is in ketchup?
These guys seemed to barley regard the crowds. It made for interesting, if slightly nervous spectating.
I can feel the newspaper being ripped as I write. How cool would a couple of these masks be in a buddha display.
Reading is a snatch of time between manic children.
Of course Louise loved the place, I just felt a tad uneasy at the willingness of westerners to give to donkeys rather than people.
We had a great rest day. Louise and Jacob got to help harvest some mustard.
One of the hardest things that Angela has done, given her fear of hieghts.
Louise’s head is included in this picture. The smells from the gardens were lovely.
This was one of our favourite eateries. It had cushions to lounge on rather than chairs.
“But why can’t I take it back?” In the end we settled for a photo – phew.
Here we are gathering our energy before climbing to 4000m.
playing on the garden funiture, no matter how many times they were told not to.
we had a great time in Leh, and were made to feel very welcome by our host.
We were licky to be in the right place and at the right time to see the masked monks.
This was our first day, we left late and so suffered badly from the heat. Louise got sun stoke and was sick the next day.
This guy grabbed Jacob and wanted his photo taken, something the children tolerated.
Jacob wanted more of a challenge so went up the harder route. I went up the easier one because I … er… had the wrong shoes on.
This monastry was at the very end of a long trail. You can see how high it was. Just the place for a kung fu master.
One of the nice things about the Leh trek was the contrast between the barren mountains and lower oasis.
I could not get over the over hang.
We got to stay in the corner room, it was very nice.
I could not reach the toes, this was a huge statue.
We made great time up the moutain, the rest day had worked wonders on every one.