Ladakh: Thousand Books Village Festival Photos

Have a closer look at the people, wildlife, scenery and accommodations you will enjoy on your JOURNEYS trip. Most of these pictures have been take by the JOURNEYS staff, but we welcome the submissions of JOURNEYS travelers.

Norboo and Wanchuk helped direct the Hemishakpaatchan Library Project
Norboo and Wanchuk helped direct the Hemishakpaatchan Library Project

The interiors of Ladakhi Buddhist temples are painted with detailed imagery showing the life of the Buddha and the path to eternal happiness.
The interiors of Ladakhi Buddhist temples are painted with detailed imagery showing the life of the Buddha and the path to eternal happiness.

A high proportion of Ladakhi boys enter the service of a monastery.
A high proportion of Ladakhi boys enter the service of a monastery.


Summer is a spectacularly beautiful time in this part of the Himalayas. Wheat fields, apricot groves and wildflowers grow up to about 11,000 feet in elevation. Permanent snow and glaciers cover the surrounding peaks.
Summer is a spectacularly beautiful time in this part of the Himalayas. Wheat fields, apricot groves and wildflowers grow up to about 11,000 feet in elevation. Permanent snow and glaciers cover the surrounding peaks.

You will have time to get to know the nuns and monks in the Hemishakpatchan  temples.
You will have time to get to know the nuns and monks in the Hemishakpatchan temples.

Ladakhis are masterful builders using just local materials: earth, rock and native vegetation.
Ladakhis are masterful builders using just local materials: earth, rock and native vegetation.


You will either stay in local homes, or comfortable mountain tents.
You will either stay in local homes, or comfortable mountain tents.

In the warm summer sunshine monks often study outside.
In the warm summer sunshine monks often study outside.

The isolation and quiet of the high Himalayas create a perfect environment for Buddhist contemplation.
The isolation and quiet of the high Himalayas create a perfect environment for Buddhist contemplation.


Kevin Wilhelm, EPF director, center, celebrates arrival at a high pass with Tsering Norboo and wife, Jo.
Kevin Wilhelm, EPF director, center, celebrates arrival at a high pass with Tsering Norboo and wife, Jo.

The library is almost finished.
The library is almost finished.

You will have sweeping view of the Tibetan landscape of the upper Indus Valley.
You will have sweeping view of the Tibetan landscape of the upper Indus Valley.


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