The festival of lightsThe sky lanterns filled the darkness like a thousand light bulbs lighting up the pitch -black sky over Chiang Mai. Some say a prayer before setting of the sky lanterns while other wrote their wishes on the lantern. As it goes higher it get smaller and eventually just disappear into the darkness but is soon replaced by a continuous flow of sky lanterns let off by the hundreds of local and tourists.
The ancient Guge Kingdom
The ruins of Guge Kingdom, the Old Summer Palace of Tibet is located in the Ngari Region of Tibet. Established in about the 10th century it was ruled by about 16 kings with armies of tens of thousand of soldiers till the 17th century when it ended due to conflicts resulting from power disputes within the imperial family. This barren landscape seems just like it was hundreds of years ago except there is a new-tarred highway but don’t expect much as conditions is pretty basic in this remote area. And travelling in this high altitude will definitely take your breath away. Continue reading