Sunday, April 17, 2011

Diskit Gompa

     The only way to reach Shyok Valley in Laddakh is by road from Leh. The chicken hearted... stay away! You have to pass through Khardung La or Khardung Pass which is the highest motorable road in the world. Once you cross that you will see the most amazing and beautiful scenery in front of you- The Shyok valley. The district headquarter is a sleepy little village called Diskit. Above this on the mountain side, at an altitude of sixteen thousand feet, is nestled the Diskit Gompa or Monastery. It was founded in the Fourteenth century. It is really huge and located in a most difficult mountain side. How the monks built it at those heights, when there were no roads, is amazing. It is still a seat of learning for the Buddhist monks, undisturbed and without any distractions, high above the rest of the ordinary mortals.

26 comments:

  1. You always take us somewhere with your posts - not just the painting, which is wonderful, but the commentary about the place. I think I would be afraid to scale those heights but glad the monks are not afraid :)

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  2. Asit, what an amazing place. Thank you for sharing this with us. It looks beautiful...this is the closest I will ever get to these heights.

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  3. Thanks Asit, to let us know about this peaceful and interesting place. Your watercolor is really beautiful and it perfectly reproduce the atmosphere around the monastery. Ciao!

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  4. It is so amazing to travel with you through your paintings. You have visited the most interesting and beautiful places. I would love to visit them all. Your paintings truly tell a story!!

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  5. It must be a fantastic sight, something I will never see...being a real chicken heart!! But the painting is lovely and really gives you the idea.

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  6. Gracias por hacernos descubrir este sitio, la síntesis de la acuarela es fantástica, y resalta la gran integración del pueblo con el entorno, me gusta.
    saludos.

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  7. I love your paintings.. and your post also.
    You always teach much with your words - and your art is peaceful to my soul xx

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  8. Bello questo acquarello e così chiara la tua descrizione. Elvi

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  9. you show us the world with your eyes, with
    your heart, and share your wonderfull paintings
    with us. What a wonderfull world, we have to
    care!!!

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  10. Thank you for sharing your amazing experiences along with your beautiful paintings. The link you added provided some interesting additional information. The actual monestary building looks quite lovely. Built in the 14th century. Amazing.

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  11. You brought it to life here Asit.. I had been there..chicken hearted that I am.. chanting my God's name, reached to see an altogether different world.. has been on my agenda to paint as well..

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  12. Your post just brought us all to this wonderful place. Thank you for sharing this lovely watercolor.

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  13. the painting is really amazing! thanks for sharing the story!

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  14. Wow AK! The scope and scale of this is overwhelming! You certainly caught it's beauty and grandeur.

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  15. Your comments are always appreciated!! Hope all is well for you

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  16. SALUDOS!!GRACIAS POR LOS COMENTARIOS EN MI BLOG, UNA ACUARELA PRECIOSA Y CON BELLO CONTENIDO,ES UN PLACER CONTEMPLAR ESTAS MARAVILLAS¡¡¡

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  17. Wow! I'm ready to fall, just by looking at your painting. lol
    Stay inspired!
    Michelle

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  18. I am with others: not only the beautiful painting, but also the artful story. I know, some day I will be there. Thank you!

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  19. Thanks so much! I can't wait to see what you're working on!

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  20. Asist, what a wonderful painting and story. Thank you so much for sharing this. I love "travelling" via your paintings.

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  21. Thanks every one for your kind comments. Keep travelling with me and keep enjoying!

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  22. Beautiful and peace place. I loved! Big hug from Brasil!

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  23. Incredible, thank you for sharing with us. Your watercolors are amazing, as always, and apparently your life is also! Love reading of your adventures.

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  24. ...and what a beautiful tribute! I have been away from drawing too long... I can see you have been doing well!

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