The fruit seller
My supplier of fresh fruit.
Mornings are interesting times down at the stupa. Monks sit down in the pavers reciting prayers from their pechas and offer blessings in return for a monetary offering.
Sunrise at Tharlam Monastery
Local women sit for a rest and a chat on the way back from the morning kora.
Big stupa, little stupa
Traders come down to the 'market' area outside the stupa every morning and afternoon with their big trolleys of lovely fresh produce.
Veggies on wheels
Another morning street trader
A Tibetan woman walks a morning kora (circumambulation around a holy site) armed with a mala, sunhat from the fierce sun and mask from the thick fumes that permeate the air.
Embedded in the outer wall of the stupa it is possible to find a number of new golden buddhas. Everyday they are offered fresh flowers and rice.
Lhakhang painting of a diking (sky dancer).
More elaborate paint work on the outside of a Lhakhang.
Late night at the coffee shop located at the stupa.
Praying and watching
A very popular pastime - sitting on the chairs clicking off the mantra whilst watching the kora.
Sunrise at the stupa
The sun breaks through to peak over the edge of the stupa. There are always pigeons!