Himalaya Top 10

map Himalaya routeI am somewhere off the coast of Greenland as I write this. Our B-777 left Delhi about midnight; it’s now 11:30 a.m. Delhi time. We have about 2 1/2 hours more flying time to Newark. I arrive in Charleston about 30 hours after leaving Delhi. It was a great trip; the Top Ten are:
EverestEverest Base Camp in Tibet
homestay with Tibetan nomads

pilgrim stempede in Jokhang Temple

Tianamen Square and Beijing

Labrang Yellow Hat Monkschanting monks at Kirti Gompa in Langmusi

Mao’s underground tunnel

talking with Tibetan guides about their life, culture and religion

Arti Ganga at Haridwar

walk in Dhulikhel fields

Chinese construction projects

…and the Runner-ups
+ Himalayan mountain passes
+ Potala Palace
+ hot pot in Cheng Du
+ alleys of Lhasa

… and what didn’t happen:
+ never robbed or felt that my security was threatened
+ never lacked adequate food, clothing or shelter
+ the classic Chinese tourist sites of the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Terracota Warriors are certainly must see attractions. However, the hordes of tourists and the Chinese tourism system keeps them off my top list.
+ I gained some understanding of Tibetan Buddhism but did not find it personally motivating.
+ I needed more time to explore India and went when it was very hot.

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3 Responses to Himalaya Top 10

  1. Joanne says:

    Hi Patrick, I like the new look. I enjoy this top ten list – can you create links to photo’s of the sites you mention.

    More lists – top 3 stare-downs

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrickdowd/543975555/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrickdowd/543971419/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrickdowd/544170124/in/set-72157600349071395/

  2. Patrick says:

    Hmmm. I see what you mean…. Maybe have thumbnails of each event with a link to the photo?

  3. Joanne says:

    Another stare-down

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrickdowd/599433042/

    or does this work…

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