Bird

This Bird is also made of broken bangles.

Currently I am in Amritsar, the home of the Golden temple, the most sacred Sikh temple. I’ m off to Dharamsala tomorrow to visit the Dali Lama, and get to somewhere up in the mountains that is a bit cooler so Ill update with photos from Amritsar whilst I’m there.

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Wierd Blob Figures

The following few photographs are all from the Rock Garden in Chandigarh. Chandigarh is a very modern city that was designed by a swiss architect Le Corbusier. It is one of the most prosperous cities in India and subsequently accommodation is expensive so I just made a flying visit.
The Rock Garden was originally started on a piece of unused land on the outskirts of the city by Nek Chand and was completely illegal. It was discovered in 1975, 18 years after it was initially started. Luckily the authorities (and the public) realized its quirky beauty and it has grown into three phases, the third of which is still a work in process. One of the cool things about this project is that it is made from concrete and waste materials, including anything ceramic.

Meditating under the Bhodi Tree

Many people use the area under the Bhodi tree to meditate and silence is encoraged. Stangely all of the silence please signs are in English and all the people who talk in this area area chatting in Hindi. This is not the same monk from the earlier photograph, but there are many around and all dressed very much the same. (well except for the the Thai monks in orange and zen monks in grey)