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Himalayas Travel

PHOTOS: Running A River In Ladakh, Kashmir

Richard Bangs | Posted 11.19.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

Walking down a vacant road on the way to Padum, capital of the ancient kingdom of Zanskar, about five kilometers off the river, I pass a Tibetan monk with his distinctive red kasaya wrapped obliquely about his shoulders. He stops, and in halting English asks my age. When I tell him, he looks me in the eyes and says, "Ah, you have short life left." It's a daunting thought.