Travel Route: Hemis Monastery – Tso Moriri Lake – Korzok
We happen to visit Hemis Monastery while monks were rehearsing for an upcoming festival.
“At times, we will be asked to let go of things that we have always wanted to keep for ourselves, or things that we would never have thought that we would have to let go of, such as the loss of a loved one or the betrayal of a dear friend. A tree never hesitates to shake off her leaves during fall, and so we must take another lesson given to us by nature: let go when it is time. Although such losses can be difficult and painful, rise above this suffering. Focus within your mind, the image of the lotus prospering above the mud. We are the lotus; rise above.” – Forrest Curran, Purple Buddha Project: Purple Book of Self-Love
Tso Moriri Lake and Korzok
Tibetan Prayer Flags are hungover mountain passes and rivers to spread the Buddhist mantras by the wind. All beings touched by the wind passing the prayer flags are uplifted and a little happier. We encountered some at this footbridge near Mahe, just after saying farewell to the Indus River, heading to Tso Moriri.
If your definition of luxury has nothing to do with worldly comforts and if you don’t fuss about almost anything at all, then Ladakh will welcome you with open arms and offer all the luxuries of nature there are. I could wish for a better company than my beloveds.
Korzok is Tso Moriri’s Lake only settlement. Staying at a Ladakhi simple homestay-guesthouse was by far the most authentic experience we had so far. Tomer called it the most badass place he had visited on his journey.