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Ladakh, in the north of India, is a land of stark and unspoiled beauty, a region where traditional culture and Tibetan Buddhism flourish.

The Diskit Monastery in Nubra Valley, Ladakh has two distinct parts - one, the Gompa (monastery) itself, which, like most other monasteries is located on a inclined land and which you have to walk and the second, the statue of the Maitreya Buddha (future Buddha), upto which there is a motorable road.

The 32 metre statue of Maitreya Buddha facing down the Shyok River towards Pakistan is visible from a far distance. The view of the sky and mountains from this place is exhilarating. But I wonder if the statue did not 'feel' lonely staring at nothingness for miles together?

I took this picture from the old monastery. The buildings one can see below the statue are new extentions of the monastery

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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7735 W: 324 N: 15519] (54709)
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