Yungbu Lakhang—palace of the first king of Tibet—is also reputed to be the location at which Buddhism first arrived on the Tibetan Plateau. The Yarlung Valley is often described as the "cradle of Tibetan civilization".
Tibetan nomads periodically move their livestock to new pastures, a practice that has helped maintain scarce vegetation above the treeline throughout the Himalayas and the Plateau. This life-style is becoming less common in Tibet due to government policies.
Community celebrations draw whole families from widely scattered settlements across the vast distances of Ladakh.
Masked dances have long been part of Bhutan’s cultural and religious tradition. Often the masks are of animals, both mythical and found in the region.
In Ladakh, this Amchi is a highly trained practitioner of traditional Tibetan medicine. This non-invasive system uses plants and natural products to promote healing and is practiced throughout the Himalayas and the Plateau.