Photo Essay Gallery
A Day in the Life of a Herder in West Sikkim
By Rashmi Singh Photos by Jonathan Duncan Aitamaan Limbu is one of the last few sheep herders in the West Sikkim, situated in the Eastern Himalaya of India. In the year 2002-2004, when a state policy banned most grazing and pastoral herding in the protected areas of Sikkim, Aitamaan Limbu sold his cattle and buffalos i...
Glimpses from a Monastic School in Zanskar
by Marta Normington In the remote Himalayan region of Zanskar, access to quality education still remains a challenging task. High mountain valleys lying further away from the main road arteries have to rely on local, often understaffed and modestly equipped schools. The regular educational migration of older children is...
Elisa Read’s Travels in Ladakh and Baltistan in the 1920s and 1930s
by John Bray, James Crowden, Hugh Rayner These photographs were taken by the British missionary Elisa Henriette Read (née Messaz, 1898-1986) who served with the London-based Central Asian Mission in Northwest India between 1925 and 1945. Elisa was born in Switzerland but served as a nurse in Austria at the end of Wo...
On the Road in Rasuwa, Nepal
by Nyima Dorjee Bhotia & Phurwa Dhondup Gurung Rasuwa district has historically been a strategic Himalayan frontier where one of the two major border crossings between Nepal and the Tibetan Autonomous Region, China, is located. This route was a central locus for military campaigns on multiple occasions, and a key pa...
A Bonpo Mendrup Celebration in Kathmandu, 2012: How Potency is Accomplished
by Anna Sehnalova Once every several years, the Bonpo Triten Norbutse (Khri brtan nor bu rtse) monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, enjoys a long-awaited celebration – the mendrup (Tib. sman sgrub; ‘medicinal accomplishment’) ritual, or the great ‘medicinal accomplishment.’ The last mendrup