This striking Buddhist stupa is situated on a hill above the town of Leh, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Leh is situated at 3,500 meters in the high altitude desert district of Ladakh in Kashmir. It used to be an important trade route between India, Tibet and China.
This photograph shows the roof line detail of a colourful, new monastery against the impossibly blue sky. This gompa is located in the small town of Kaza, the sub-divisional headquarters of the remote Spiti Valley which borders western Tibet.
Ki Gompa is the largest Buddhist monastery in the Spiti District. It was built in the 11th Century and is located at 4,166 meters above sea level. Its hilltop situation provides stunning views of the Spiti Valley and surrounding mountains.
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Jannaca Chick Photographer Bio
I lived in the Indian Himalayas for over 20 years. Meditating, studying Sanskrit and Indian philosophy, I was immersed in my cultural environment. As a trekker and high altitude guide I was immersed in my physical environment as well. My photography blossomed in response to this spectacular landscape, as an attempt to capture an essential spiritual truth about it. These photos were taken during a trip in the fall of 2011 to the high altitude desert areas of Ladakh, Lahaul and Spiti in the northwestern Indian Himalayas.
I now live in Victoria, BC and return to visit India every year or two.
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