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Gyantse Dzong, Tibet

I had been in Tibet for a few days and had gone through a bit of a delirium the first night I was there due to the altitude, so when I arrived to Pelkor Chode Monastery and looked up to see the Gyantse Dzong Fortress I thought I was imagining it. The 700 year old fort was one of the Tibetan strongholds during the British invasion in 1905.

It was far in the distance, sitting on top of a mountain, almost suspended in clouds. Perhaps I had some bad yack meat but the scene was very surreal to me. I never made it up to the actual Fortress because I did not feel like rigging up some home-made climbing gear, but I was happy to admire from a distance. I wonder if this is where they train the Buddhist Warrior Monks who can beat you at a fight while imparting ancient wisdom on your uneducated butt?

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