Ladakhi Buddhist Monks Live At Thiksay monastery : News Photo
Ladakhi Buddhist Monks Live At Thiksay monastery : News Photo
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Ladakhi Buddhist Monks Live At Thiksay monastery

LEH, LADAKH, INDIA - AUGUST 19: Ladakhi Buddhist monks construct a mandala with sand and the dust of precious stones inside the Thiksay monastery, 17 kilometers outside of Leh, the capital of Ladakh, India August 19, 2003. After the festival the mandala will be destroyed, thus expressing the impermanence of visible forms. Nestled high in the Himalayas , the isolated area of Ladakh first opened to tourists in 1974, and is the home to one of the last surviving authentic Tibetan Buddhist cultures. Leh is situated at a height of 3,505 meters and once was part of the silk route of central Asia. Traders from exotic and far-flung lands have long spoken of the beauties of these lands. (Photo by Ami Vitale/Getty Images)


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Credit:Ami Vitale / Contributor
Editorial #:2419853
Collection:Getty Images News
Date created:August 19, 2003
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Source:Getty Images Europe
Object name:2409213AV006_ladakh
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