World Environment Day
Animals and Surroundings

World Environment Day

The Environment There are no trees in Ritoma. At first I thought it was due to the altitude, though the monastery’s pine grove planted some thi...

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Feather Waterfall
Animals and Surroundings

Feather Waterfall

Norlha is a hub of creation, a place our master weavers and designers play with the infinite possibilities offered by the talent of our craftsm...

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Spring and Baby Animals
Animals and Surroundings

Spring and Baby Animals

Spring may be bare and rather chilly in Ritoma, but the coming of new life is a great source of joy. Children look forward to the moment when t...

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Spring Equinox
Animals and Surroundings

Spring Equinox

As winter fades into spring, the days become a little longer and cold wind’s bite slightly eases. Winter’s intensity froze the environment and ...

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Wildlife
Animals and Surroundings

Wildlife

In Ritoma, as in most nomadic area of the Tibetan Plateau animals more numerous than humans by tenfold. There are of course the herds of domest...

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Winter Sport in Ritoma
Animals and Surroundings

Winter Sport in Ritoma

Tibet is a country of lakes, and in winter they shimmer in the midst of the yellow grassland. Animals cautiously walk over them, licking the ic...

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CHADOR KHORCHEN
Animals and Surroundings

CHADOR KHORCHEN

Past Ritoma Monastery, hidden from view on a hill is a small temple devoted to the meditational deity Chanadorje. It was built in the late 18th...

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Flower Garlands
Animals and Surroundings

Flower Garlands

Late Spring on the pasture is marked by the appearance of red and white clumps of Stellera Chamaejasme, or Ramarichok in Tibetan and attractive...

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Sheep and Sheep
Animals and Surroundings

Sheep and Sheep

Sheep are the largest contingent of domesticated animal on the Tibetan plateau. It is said there are about 20,000 in the small village of Ritom...

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Snow Days at Norlha
Animals and Surroundings

Snow Days at Norlha

The signs of winter on the Tibetan Plateau cling fast; the earliest snow can come at the end of September, the latest in June. Though they brin...

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White Yak
Animals and Surroundings

White Yak

Yaks are usually associated with dark colors; I even coined one called ‘Yak Black’. A herd of yaks from the distance is a splatter of black dot...

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The Bright Side of Winter
Animals and Surroundings

The Bright Side of Winter

In early September, the bright green of the pasture begins to fade into ochre, then yellow. Soon, all that is left of the intensity of summer a...

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