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  • Young monks socialize on the terrace of striking Drikung Kagyu Gompa, aka the Red Gompa, in Rewalsar, India. width:640;;height:438
  • Prayer flags flutter in the wind at famous Boudhnath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. width:640;;height:430
  • Boudhnath prayer flags, close-up. width:640;;height:475
  • Rows of prayer wheels, like these gorgeous red wheels in Dharamsala, India, are an important feature of Tibetan temples. width:635;;height:480
  • Elaborate Zang Dok Pelri Temple is one of the most beautiful buildings I've ever seen. Located at Rewalsar, India. width:360;;height:480
  • Close-up of the temple's intricate detailing. width:360;;height:480
  • Zang Dok Pelri Temple is completely covered in exotic figures and designs, many of them gilded like this alarming creature. width:640;;height:480
  • A lion seemingly holds up part of the temple roof on an outer hallway. width:640;;height:480
  • Another elaborate design on the outer temple wall. width:640;;height:480
  • ...and yet another wild figurine. width:640;;height:480
  • A gilded bell stands along an outer hallway of  Zang Dok Pelri Temple. width:360;;height:480
  • In Kathmandu, Nepal, famous Swayambhunath Temple is accessed by a long, steep stone staircase on the eastern side of the hill. width:398;;height:480
  • Approaching the temple plaza. width:360;;height:480
  • On the western side of Swayambhunath Hill, this white stupa stands under the shade of large trees and thousands of prayer flags. width:360;;height:480
  • Monkeys love hanging out at Swayambhunath, even beside Buddha. width:334;;height:480
  • Stray dogs also apparently love resting near Buddha. width:581;;height:480
  • Prayer wheels at Swayambhunath. width:640;;height:480
  • Tibetan temple walls are often completely covered in vibrant paintings. This doorway is also guarded by a row of lion statues. width:640;;height:480
  • Nyingma Monastery, one of four Tibetan monasteries at Rewalsar Lake, India. width:640;;height:480
  • Bright entry gate to Nyingma Monastery. width:604;;height:480
  • This small monastery is situated downhill from Dharamsala, India, surrounded by forested mountains. width:632;;height:480
  • Gilded roof and ornamentation. width:640;;height:480
  • Several distinctive Tibetan monasteries are scattered around the small community at Rewalsar Lake, India. width:640;;height:480
  • Stately Zigar Drukpa Kagyud Monastery trains young monks in traditional Tibetan  music. width:640;;height:422
  • Roof detailing at a Rewalsar monastery. width:640;;height:222
  • This massive statue of Padmasambhava, The Second Buddha, towers over Rewalsar Lake. width:360;;height:480
  • Directly opposite the lake from the statue likes The Red Gompa, nestled amidst lush trees. width:633;;height:480
  • Architectural detailing at Red Gompa. width:640;;height:480
  • Close-up of a Tibetan character displayed on the Red Gompa walls. width:640;;height:480
  • This stunning prayer wheel set is designed from silver, brass and copper. Located at Swayambhunath. width:640;;height:480
  • Stately Tibetan monastery and temple at Clement Town Tibetan colony, just outside Dera Dunn, India. width:640;;height:480
  • One of many gates into the temple complex. width:640;;height:480
  • This small Tibetan temple stands in central Dharmasala, India. width:318;;height:480
  • Temple doorways are equally colorful and elaborate. width:360;;height:480
  • This massive prayer wheel spins at Boudhnath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. width:360;;height:480
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