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This photo of playful pupil buddhist monks has been taken at the Stongdey monastery in the isolated Zanskar valley of Northern India.
The valley can only be reached by a 250 km one way track starting from Kargil at the Chinese border. During the strong cold winters this road is closed during several months and access is only possible by trekking over the frozen rivers - or by helicopter in case of an emergency.
The Zanskar region together with neighbouring Ladakh is a stronghold of Tibetan buddhism.

The photo is one of my favourites and was the second one I posted on this site. However the original lacked some sharpness.
This new version has been somewhat sharpened and I changed the cropping a tiny little bit to better include the nail under the boy's hand as a pleasant detail.
For more photos see my travelogue "Zanskar".

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Additional Photos by Paul Bulteel (pauloog) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 77 N: 1882] (11751)
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