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      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 "Spaghetti" Beach, Vagator
 
 
Cattle on the Beach
 
 
 
My favourite beach shack "Shiva Restaurant" in Vagator 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 off 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.