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Gangtok

Just a quickie

rain 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.

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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.

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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.

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And suddenly it was time for lunch.

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Posted by Andrea R 20:12 Archived in India Tagged religion weather monastery

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