Suru Valley and Rangdum Gelugpa monastery in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India

 

Last part of Suru Valley, near Rangdum  is inhabited mostly by Buddhist population. Culturally it is a part of Zanskar.

 

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Melting Drung Drang glacier.

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Suru Valley and river in the morning

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I Love Islam sign on local mini bus shows that Shi’a Muslim population dominate in neighbor Kargil district.

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Rangdum village hotel. In many places in India word “hotel” means “small restaurant”

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Local peasants bring harvested grass on the top of their homes to help it dry better.

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Local Leh – Padum bus. Journey from capital of Ladakh to central point of Zanskar takes two days with overnight stay in Kargil.

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Animals of the pasture with uphill Rangdum monastery in the background.

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Rangdum monastery building from XVIII century

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Monks from Rangdum monastery

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On the upper level of Rangdum Monastery…

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There is a unique mural paintings of Shambhala warriors running from center of Shambhala’s Kingdom mandala

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Shambhala warriors mural painting detail with Manjushri and Dorje Chang

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Old mural painting of Four Friends cooperating to reach the fruits.

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Buddhist monk leaving Rangdum monastery

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Rangdum gompa entrance and view on the Suru Valley

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Surru Valley seen from Rangdum gompa

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Monk from Rangdum monastery with view on Suru Valley and three stupas.

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