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Treasure in the cavern

By SYLVIA LOOI, Photos by LEW YONG KAN, The Star, November 18, 2007

Ipoh, Perak (Malaysia) -- The cave temples of Ipoh, Perak, are also centres of Chinese culture and heritage and hold many artistic attractions.


Leh in repose

by Mukesh Khosla, The Hindu Business Line, Nov 16, 2007

Discover the many faces of the Buddha at several well-preserved monasteries in this stark mountainous region.

Leh, Ladakh (India) -- As the plane descends three sights emerge simultaneously - a scattered township, the gurgling Indus river and snow-capped peaks. Leh, the capital of Ladakh, is now on the tourist map and a flight to this rooftop of the world takes less than an hour from Delhi.


Serenity on the mountain

by Michelle Magnan, Calgary Herald, Sept 14, 2007

On one of Japan's holiest mountains you can meditate with monks and find solitude far from the buzz of the cities

Koyasan, Japan -- As the train left Osaka and headed toward the lush hills south of the Japanese city, I felt very far from home. The small train stopped every once in a while, letting people off on diminutive, deserted platforms. When it eventually slowed and pulled into the last stop, I was one of three people to switch to an even smaller train. Winding its way up the mountain, it finally dropped us at a cable car station.


China's mystery mountain

Rednet.cn, Sept 11, 2007

Sichuan, China -- Nianbaoyuze, when translated from the Tibetan language, means the grand mountain of boulder. Located on the border of Qinghai and Sichuan provinces, it is composed of about 3,600 mountains and 360 lakes about 4,000 meters above sea level.


Pilgrimage to Lhasa

by John Flinn, San Francisco Chronicle, September 2, 2007

Amid a modern Chinese city, ancient Tibetan traditions persist

Lhasa, Tibet
-- Probing fingers brushed my hip as I plunged into the crowd of Tibetan pilgrims shuffling around and around the Jokhang Temple.


Watican city

by D.B.N Murthy, The Hindu Business Line, Aug 17, 2007

A mix of French impressions and Buddhist ideologies, Luang Prabang promises a rejuvenating getaway.

Luang Prabang, Laos -- No visit to Laos (its official name is Lao People’s Democratic Republic) can be complete without a visit to Luang Prabang, which was the capital of Laos for many years till the Pathet Lao dismantled the monarchy and shifted the capital to Vientiane. It is a sleepy little town near the confluence of rivers Mekong and Nam Kham.


Kingdom in the clouds

by Susan Gough, Toronto Star, Aug 15, 2007

PARO, BHUTAN -- The tiny landlocked kingdom of Bhutan has managed a spectacular promotional feat. First, the Fourth King announced he measures his country's progress in terms of Gross National Happiness. Then he essentially limited the number of visitors by charging a minimum of $200 a day for accommodation, food, driver and guide.


Journey to the Roof of the World

by Jakhan Nguyen, Brentwood Press, Aug 10, 2007

Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- Three hundred miles of off-road four-wheeling. Past mud-brick dwellings and golden temples. Through scorching sands and freezing snow. From bottomless gorges to soaring mountains. My family and I have traveled every year since I was born, often to what many hold to be the literal “Ends of the Earth.” But the journey to Everest was completely unlike anything we’ve ever experienced.


Tales from a Himalayan hill station

by Stephen McClarence, The Times, August 11, 2007

Kalimpong, West Bengal (India) -- High on a hotel terrace in Darjeeling, an alarming noise pierced the Himalayan mists. One moment it sounded like a braying donkey, the next like a crow being strangled. Was it an animal? A bird? “No, no, sir,” said the hotel receptionist. “It is Doctor Sprigg of Kalimpong, tuning up his bagpipes.”


Spiritual homage to Yen Tu Mountain

VietNamNet Bridge, Aug 6, 2007

Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam -- Yen  Tu Mountain, Quang Ninh province is one of Vietnam’s ancient Buddhist centre. It is the home of the Truc Lam Zen Sect, dating back some 700 years ago.

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