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Yarlung Pemako monastery, Tibet

The monastery of Yarlung Pemako was founded in the 18th century by the First Dodrubchen on his return from Central Tibet, and therefore follows the tradition of Rigdzin Jigme Llingpa. The Guru Lhakhang at Yarlung Pemako is situated below the motor road and has recently been reconstructed, it contains a large image of Padmakara above floor level, with assorted images of Vajrasattva, Shakyamuni, Vimalamitra, Aksobhya and Tara beneath. Adjacent to the assembly hall is the meditation hermitage of the Third Dodrubchen ( Tulku Tarlo), who has supervised the reconstruction since 1984, generallyresides at Gogentang, and there are 100 monks.

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Salt extractors of India

Agariyas, a hardoworking community in the region of Kutch. They are also known as the Salt extractors of the salt farmers of Kutch. They account for a good 75% of the total salt manufactured in India. Being so hardworking and so very dedicated to their they hard get something out of it.
read the article for more details.

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Self-Realisation, Travel

Learning from rejection

When someone doesn’t say yes, they’ll often give you a reason.

A common trap: Believe the reason.

If you start rebuilding your product, your pitch and your PR based on the stated reason, you’re driving by looking in the rear view mirror.

The people who turn you down have a reason, but they’re almost certainly not telling you why.

Fake reasons: I don’t like the color, it’s too expensive, you don’t have enough references, there was a typo in your resume.

Real reasons: My boss won’t let me, I don’t trust you, I’m afraid of change.

By all means, make your stuff better. More important, focus on the unstated reasons that drive most rejections. And most important: Shun the non-believers and sell to people who want to go on a journey with you.

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Day 7: Back to civilisation

Serene and peaceful campsite overlooking the bright sunny sky and a turquise blue water shinning like a silver. it is one of this mesmerising view which can never been seen again not probably on the same day for it just looks better which each passing hour.
We had the breakfast and with all the luggage ready to be packed again in the SUVs it was time to move on to the next destination and back to the civilisation.

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Besides everyone being so happy with the view and the fresh wind they had just one thing in their mind. A clean concrete place to stay where they can all take a good hot shower for a long time. Having no shower for all this while in the cold weather is absolutely fine but due to regular practice and upbringing we tend to be a bit fussy about it.
We moved on towards the city of Leh, crossing some of the very beautiful mountains and streams on the way. Everyone had that delightful face with a bit of an eagerness to see what would the city of Leh would look like.
Stopping at one the place for some quick snack after a bit of a hard riding one of the females asked me if she could be a pillion with me up till leh. I agreed but asked to only hop on once we cross the ‘Chang la Pass’ the third highest motor able road in the world.

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She agreed to the same and we moved on towards the mighty pass. I was more than happy to be out there for it would be the very first time i would reaching the mountain with my own motorcycle. The joy and pleasure to reach out there on my own motorcycle was so very different.
We finally made it. After a good what for some time i changed my t shirt and rode with my motorcycle to the very spot where they have mentioned the details about the mountain and the altitude. Not being aware of the sue system which followed up there too I just got in with the motorcycle. Some of the rude guys HAD to say something annoying to which I just apologised and asked if i could just take a photo and leave. They didn’t budge and had to keep on arguing about the entire thing. I swiftly moved back and let those idiots take the photograph only to wait for some more time. I just moved further after some time and asked the photographer to click a few shots quickly and leave the place. I was least interested, bothered and willing to take the photo out there but as we were out there might as well do the needful and LEAVE.

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The worst part of the road was over. With a proper tarmac and a lot of people seen on the sides of the roads we moved further to the junction where we could finally spot some ATMS, food joints and a store where you can buy anything you wish to. It was a bit of a delight to see some of the familiar things out there. We stopped over for the much needed lunch. Everyone looked tired, dark and roughed up to the core. Enjoying the proper food they all needed we all cheered for one guy who actually managed to finish the trip. it was the first time that he had managed to do a long trip and thet too on the rented motorcycle. Hats off and Bravo to the guy. We all cheered for him.

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Strangely everyone was on the phone checking there messages, emails and many other applications which they haven’t been in touch with since some time now.
We moved further into the city and finally to the place where were to call the night.

Big spacious rooms and bathrooms and the running hot water. Everyone was finally in their respective rooms and awaiting their turn to finally freshen up and relax.
With the evening at leisure and no more riding for the day it was time to unwind and wear some comfortable clothing and enjoy the sumptuous food at a good restaurant.

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Day 6: At the Pangong Tso Lake

They say you can think better when you are fresh. Well, I was but the people in the group needed much of the comfort and cozy place to stay over after a couple of days of venturing out in the camps. Camping for a few days is fun but when the excitement in it fizzes out it just tents to take a toll on your mind. I had a bit of an issue with my rear brakes. They weren’t so effective which means I would need to do something about the same. Luckily the photographer had the connectivity in her cellphone. While everyone was fresh and some what ready to leave I happen to speak to the technician in the dealership who suggested i ‘Bleed’ the brakes. The process which he explained was so very complicated in the first go. Besides the process doing the same in this very terrain is a bit of a risky business as if something goes wrong i wouldn’t have any option but to go slow till the time I can resolve the issue.

Being confident and a bit determined I tried and did the process a couple of times. Hopping on the motorcycle I headed for a spin and trial the brakes. it was a bit better but not too effective. The feeling of satisfaction you have once you have done something like this is beyond imagination. I was happy that i could do something myself and take things forward.
We were off to the mighty Pangong Tso Lake. The place is famous for many reason one of them being the Bollywood connection. One of the famous movie named ‘3 idiots’ is shot on the banks of the lake.

Riding on to the open road with some of the most mesmerising views felt so great and much on top of the world. It was a deja vu moment passing by the same road but at a different time and with a fresher mind.
Approaching the ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Post) we finished the formalities. While doing so one of the female from the car happen to speak to one of the officers about the road conditions ahead followed by a way to the restroom.
easing herself out she walks up to me and asked me if she could be a pillion with me on the motorcycle. With what I have known about her I suggested she sits quietly without dancing and jumping around or getting up on the foot pegs. She very happy nodded with a big smile and ran towards the car to grab the helmet and a thicker jacket.
She was with me on the ride from the check post till the next stop where we halt for lunch. She was enjoying the view and as suggested she was quiet the entire time.

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I would always pin point something interesting while on the ride to share it with the group and to my fellow riders. It is just one of those simple ways to communicate without uttering a word to anyone ( I feel so).
I did spot her some beautiful birds and some of the camouflaged army bunkers made on the higher parts of the mountains. It is so very different to guard this very barren land which belongs to the same country where our cities are. With the world of a difference between the two places we can only imagine what a soldier would have been going through by always been so very ready and alert at all times in this very virgin beauty.

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Approaching one of the check post I asked the female to sit in the car for sometime for there were some amazing roads ahead and we would want to take this opportunity to take some beautiful shots. She agreed with a smile but asked me if she could be a part of it again. I just gave her a thumbs up.
The roads were indeed so very beautiful and I was happy I had some of the more isolated shots on the motorcycle riding it in the best of the ways i can.

Reaching a small village i spotted a board which read “Satellite Phone”. I was a bit surprised and a bit shocked to see that board. Thinking if it was actually possible to have the phone out there. We stopped for a much needed break. Having some delicious noodles and omelette we chatted about the roads and how far we had to go. To which the reply for the locals were very straight faced and clear. “The roads ahead would bit bad” listening to which some of them looked at me” laughing off the moment I freshened up and approached the tent where the satellite phone was. I asked the guy sitting there if the phone was working to which he just welcomed me with a broad smile. The only person I could think of speaking to was the dealership to ask them about my rear brakes. They were effective but not too effective. Trying to call up a multiple times i got connected finally and spoke to some familiar voices. explaining them the issue they suggested I speak to them again in another 10-15 minutes for the technical teams needs to know about the same and it would better if they provided the solution thereby avoiding the errors.
walking and stretching around for some time I called the dealership again. The explained the entire process in detail to which I just couldn’t do it in the real time but to memorise what has been told and do the needful upon reaching the Pinging Tso Lake. Thanking the dealership I bit a good bye to them on the phone and slowly asked everyone to get ready for we need to leave.
After a point i just couldn’t ride further and had to stop over. I asked my friend if he could be of some help and ride my motorcycle for a some time. The roads were getting a bit bad and so was the weather up to some extent. He was delighted and happy to ride my motorcycle for he had never so far rode it for a long distance. He quickly was ready with his set of gears and moved ahead with the motorcycle.

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After a travel for a good 5-6 hours we managed to reach the mighty Pangong Tso lake. it was truly beautiful and something worth enjoying with every bit of it. Everyone stopped and some just asked from a distance “ can we take a dip in the lake” to which I replied why not? turning around to my friend who was already in his shorts to get into the water.
Everyone enjoyed the splash and fun in the water clicking some amazing photographs. It was fun seeing them enjoy. We than let for the camps and called it the night.

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Day 5: Visit to the highest Observatory in the World – Hanle

Get up ! Hello there, can you please get up ! with a bit of a surprise hearing the voice i saw our female photographer who was standing out there staring straight into my eyes. I was wondering what could have been the problem even after hearing and knowing what the problem was. She repeated herself again to which I immediately got and asked if i could take some time to be ready to take her to the army hospital which was close by.

I gushed to the washroom and was ready in a bit and off to the motorcycle along with her. With that charming face brimming with excitement and fun all the times was done and way too pale today. It wasn’t the same. I wasn’t sure of what the problem could have been for all I knew was she had a headache. It can be due to many reasons. Guessing and self medication might just spoil the came and might make things from bad to worse.

Reaching the main gate to the army camp I make an entry and take her to the Doctor who after listening to the whole problem asked her to lay on the bed and take the oxygen for some time. It was just the case of mountain sickness. With a sigh of relief I could see her steadily taking up the oxygen and feeling better with each breath of fresh oxygen which went into the lungs.
While chatting with the doctor we happen to speak to him about how far the border post with China was and that would serious problems have the soldiers faced in this harsh climate conditions. It was great to know a bit about how the Army functions in this beautiful but treacherous terrain.

Moving back to the camps we saw people getting ready and I was happy I had an early but not so pleasant start to the day but well it was great to see the hush hush to visit the next best destination in the itinerary.
She was doing fine now and a bit fit too after the fresh oxygen input in her body.
We head back the treacherous road crossing one mile at time. It was painful finishing that rough patch and on to the freshly laid tarmac. Riding slowly but steadily towards the next destination my eyes were longing for the tarmac. I couldn’t take the jumps and bumps any more, not at least today. I thought to myself. After riding for a good three hours I could see the tarmac. Phew..

I would soon be gliding on that road and would have a great chance to open up the throttle.
Off I went opening up the engine and enjoying the wind fluttering my riding jacket. It was fun and so very enjoyable.
The road soon led to the Indo-Tibetan Border post bridge. One of the very important bridge in the northern region which is guarded by the Tibetan and indian army jointly. Stopping over to prove the identity and furnishing the permits to go ahead I was asked by a few of the females in the group if they could join me for the ride on the motorcycle (at least for some time). I agreed to take one of the female who was more than happy waiting till now for her turn to sit on the motorcycle.
Crossing the bridge i ask her to hop on and we were off on the beautiful, curvy and flat terrain road. The beautiful kept on changing with every few corners we took. it was just so very beautiful and mesmerising. She was enjoying the ride to the core and I could feel that for she never spoke a word and she was always looking on her left and right. Miles went by fast. real fast.

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Approaching the village of Hanle. she asked me if she could go back in the car. I stopped over and waited for the car to reach us. I asked her about how she felt being a pillion on this beautiful road on such a fast motorcycle to which she replied “it was one of the best ride i have had so far in my life” I was so happy and delighted to her about her experience on my motorcycle.
Approaching the town go Hanle and seeing the beautiful village which hardly has a population of a good one thousand people in total. It was so beautiful seeing no banks, atms, fast food joints and the general chaos of any village.
We approached straight to the Hanle Observatory where the biggest telescope of the country is and probably is also the highest observatory in the world is.

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Climbing up the mountain and seeing the silver dome which shine bright in the faded sunlight I was so very happy and excited to see the place and the beautiful it was surrounded with.
Visiting the telescope and meeting the engineers in the observatory we realised it was no less than a dream come true to ride all this way and up to the telescope.

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The last stop for the day was at the homestay we had finalised for the night stay. It was a simple place with small rooms where you enjoyed the raw beauty and connect with the locals. it was one of those filled with lot of joy, beauty and inner happiness.
The night was even more dramatic where we could see the moonrise and the bright sky full of stars lighting up the sky. it was so very mesmerising and so very unseen though we see the same sky from our cities it felt as if we were from a different planet or maybe we have reached a different planet.

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