In the afternoon, we headed off in the other direction. First stop, Diskit Monastery. Still burning hot & again we had to climb all these stairs – why does the gompa have to be at the very top of the hill? Around 100 monks live here & there’s some major restoration work being undertaken as I write this. Met some guy from the Czech Republic who’s on the restoration team, & he said the roofs leak here. Perhaps it’s because they get bucket loads of snow in the Winter, & it just sits on these flat roofs.
The monastery is of the Gelugpa tradition, same lineage as H.H. Dalai Lama, so his pictures are displayed prominently here. I was aching to go into the ‘Protective Deities’ room adjacent to the gompa. Jigmet said I’d need to wear a face covering to protect myself from being recognised by them. I knew Palden Lhamo (female warrioress & protector of the Dalai Lama lineage) would be in there as a main protective deity & wanted to see her statue. But today was not the day for it, as we were asked to leave promptly. I found out the Dalai Lama made a surprise visit into Leh for a talk – & I missed it with all this travelling around.
Pics to come…..