"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

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Community, Colour And Conflict

Situated less than thirty kilometres from Gangtok, Rumtek is the largest monastery in Sikkim.

Rumtek glories in brilliant colour, inside and out.

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But it is also the site of sectarian contention.

A situation serious enough to warrant armed guards, who politely but thoroughly examined our passports and paperwork.
Sadly, Tibetan Buddhists are not immune to the violence and community-shattering controversies which beset all religions.
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Pictures taken at Rumtek Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, Sikkim.


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“Consider the momentous event in architecture when the wall parted and the column became.”

Louis Kahn

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Photographs taken at the Padmanabhapuram Palace

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