Spent Brothers Productions presents
Ladakh, Bengal & Sikkim

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Tea pickers near Darjeeling  W Bengal / Stuck at the Sikkim border without  entry permits thanks to incompetent "guide"
(we had to drive all the way back to Darjeeling to get them making the day's journey over 10 hours...)

Bhutanese friend Karma Tenzin appeared a day early at Pelling in Sikkim (right)

At the wish-fulfilling Khecheopalri lake associated with the great Indian buddhist tantric master Padmasambhava

Pemayangtse Gompa (which contains a remarkable large intricate carved wood depiction of the realm of Padmasambhava)

Sheila chats to local English grammar teacher and his pupils

Karma and Sheila enjoy a tonpa (home-made millet beer) in a local home

Our first sight of the mighty Kanchenjunga (3rd highest mountain in the world) from our hotel room in Pelling

The lush valleys of Sikkim from Ravang La / The Royal lhakang in Gangtok

Turning prayer wheels on the way up to Rumtek Gompa - seat of the Kargyudpa Karmapa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism

The square where the annual sacred monk dances are held / The view out into the valley from the rear of the gompa

At Enchey Gompa  Gangtok (C18th CE)

Our unofficial guide / School's out!

There's that tonpa again - together with the Sikkim Fireball brandy Karma bought

The charming gardens at the Silver Oaks Hotel in Kalimpong  W Bengal

Lama Chime, your nuts! Visiting old friend Tibetan Lama Chime Dorje at his small lhakang at Algarah  W Bengal

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Photographs © Derek & Sheila Henderson 2005  2006