Just a quickie
20.09.2015 - 20.09.2015 19 °C
It rained for most of the time we were in Gangtok (or seemed to), so here is a quick rundown of the highlight, which was a dry but very misty visit to Rumtek Monastery, about an hour out of the city.
Rumtek is reputed to be perhaps the wealthiest monastery in the world – can’t remember the numbers – and there has been trouble at Rumtek in the past. Therefore, before you can step over the threshold, you have to go through full-on metal detectors, bag check and pat-down. Forget it if you’re Chinese.
Luckily when we first went into the main grounds we climbed up to the vantage point for photos and a briefing, because while we were there, we were literally watching the mist roll in, obscuring the higher part of the complex.
As we listened, the novices were industriously carting around books and boxes and whatnot. It looked like chores, but the younger ones were clearly making a game of it as well.
And suddenly it was time for lunch.