The Bon Po religion predates Buddhism. This chorten should be circumnavigated counter clockwise to give it the proper respect. No mention about the motorcycle!
Lupra is reached by walking along a rocky, windy riverbed or over the pass from Muktinath.
The new Guest House is the Dakar Lodge. It was still not open for business when we arrived (April 2011).
They were still working on the dining room, though it was open for tea.
Even before they opened, they have all the necessities for a quick snack after a hard trek. I talked to the matriarch of the family and I can tell you that she will be a good cook. She is certainly a good hostess.
Just across the river, there are meditation caves, including one with rooms and chambers set up by the monks to take care of the meditator. Some monks have spent 3 months to a year in solitude - in the dark, fed once per day, in a tiny space.
You can comb the river bed in search of Shaligrams. Shaligrams are ammonite fossils that are considered to be a representation of the Lord Shiva by the Hindu religion. They are only found in the Kali Gandaki region. Shaligrams are illegal to export from Nepal, even though they can be found for sale throughout the region.
As you can see Lupra is a great place to spend a few days and the new Dakar Lodge has made this possible. Please comment below if you get a chance to stay there. Let me know how the food and accommodations are!
When I arrived back home, I found a website where this dog had spent 6 days in the Annapurna Sanctuary with a group of trekkers. This was only two weeks later! Those distinctive markings made me sure it was our friend whom we named Kukur (means dog in Nepali).
Kukur by Saachin, 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal, 2007, available
We later immortalized our friend Kukur as part of my fair trade art project Nepal Art Dogs.
This hand-painted art form is fast disappearing in Kathmandu, as it already has in most parts of the world. I pay fair trade wages, the artists get to paint again, pet lovers get a choice of three paintings for each commission, and I get to help Nepali artists make a living. Everybody is happy. Rescue dogs from America get to rescue artists from Nepal!
Now is the time to order: Be ahead of the Pack! Orders now being accepted for the Spring 2012 trip.
Please send me a photo of your pet. I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of 3 paintings and three people will get work. Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint. These can be hung indoors or out.
Let me know what you would like it to say.
Let me know what style of portrait you would prefer: naive, realistic, colorful, etc.
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Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front. If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case. Let me know what you want it to say and that's it!
Send your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Let's keep these artists painting.