About Me

Ancient dZi Beads from 2500BC to 500AD

About Me

Kevin Ball, India 2001

I have been collecting dZi in India, Pakistan and Nepal for over 30 years, and over that time I have gained an extensive knowledge of dZi, especially in relation to whether the beads are genuine or not. Sadly I have not yet been to Tibet, due to the constraints on travelling around the country. Unfortunately all tourists are monitored and are not really allowed to travel freely. I find it impossible to visit there under these circumstances.

 

 

Below are some pictures of my favourite places in India where I also find dZi. Also some pictures of Tibet are included.

DHARAMSALA, NORTH INDIA

McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, current residency of HH the Dalai Lama

Dharamsala from McLeod Ganj

Temple in Temple Road McLeod Ganj

Giant Prayer Wheel in Temple above

Dhola Dur Mountains above McLeod Ganj

Dhola Dur Mountains above McLeod Ganj

Protest against Chinese occupation of Tibet in May 2004

 

 GOA 

Little Vagator Beach

Big Vagator Beach

Sunset at Vagator

Shiva Carving on Ozran or "Spaghetti" Beach, Vagator

Cattle on the Beach

My favourite beach shack "Shiva Restaurant" in Little Vagator beach with Vinod, the boss.

Crazy looking Banyan tree near Baga

Another shot of the tree, like something by Dali!

Traditional Outrigger Fishing Boat, Fort Aguada

Fort Aguada Beach

Large Kingfisher fishing in the sea at Vagator.       

Arambol Beach

Bizzare looking Jack Fruit Tree, Anjuna, Goa

 

 

 

PARVATI VALLEY, HIMACHAL PRADESH, NORTH INDIA

Malana Village 3000+ meters above sea level. Much of it was destroyed in a fire in 2008.

 Kasol Village with Parvati River in front.

Himalayas above Manikaran before snow storm

Himalayas above Manikaran after snow storm

Parvati River at Kasol

The Himalayas

Parvati River cutting through small gorge

Parvati River at Manikaran

Local footpath in forest between Kasol and Chhchh(yes it's really spelt that way!)

Remote Valley near Kasol            

Local children in Kasol

The Enfield Bullet, once Royal, now almost!

Archetypal Indian shop, Kasol 

Dodgy local scaffolding, Kasol.

Sikh Gurudwara, Manikaran with Parvati River in full spate

Parvati river at Manikaran

Pots of rice being cooked in a hot spring, Shiva Temple, Manikaran

Temple destroyed by floods, Manikaran

             Parvati River in calm phase, Kasol                                           A devotee of Lord Shiva

Pushkar, Rajasthan.

Early morning by the ghats. 2001

Pushkar Ghats 2001

Pushkar from the rooftops 1996

As above  

TIBET

 

The following pictures are of Tibet at its best. I have never been there because the authorities do not allow foreign tourists to travel freely or unescorted. When and if they do, I shall definitely go and visit.

I think that you will agree that Tibet is the most stunningly beautiful place. The terrible shame to me is that the freedom

of these wonderful people has been usurped in the way it has, and I would urge any who agree, to contact your government representatives and register your disapproval and ask them to put pressure on the Chinese Government to bring an end

to this occupation and allow the Tibetans autonomy in their own land.