North-East India Six-hundred year old monastery built when this region was part of Tibet. Mother and young yak, seen occasionally in the lower Eastern Himalayas. Young monks who are painting the traditional designs at Dirang Dzodze? gompa. Baby Mithun with mom; these semi-wild animals are often seen in the highlands. Colorful hotel in Tawang. Dalai Lama image in nunnery prayer hall. Interior of main prayer hall at Thukje Chueling Buddhist Nunnery. Welcoming Buddhist nuns at Thukje Chueling nunnery.. Cambodian Journalist Kounila Keo shows girls their photo on her phone. Highly decorated entrance to the Nunnery’s prayer hall. Kounila shows older nuns their photos, to their delight. The nunnery’s prayer wheels; spinning them sends a prayer heavenward. Detail of copper prayer wheel and flags Huge golden Buddha in main hall of Tawang Monastery. One building at the side of huge Monastery. Dancers inside the courtyard at Tawang Monastery Women from the Monpa ethnic group which makes up most of the population of Tawang. The Monpa woman on left wears a typical felted cap of yak hair, with long ‘tentacles.’ Tawang Monastery from afar with Himalayas in background. Colorful prayer flags send messages to the skies. Village in the lower Tawang Valley. Golden ripe rice fields. Rice grows below the village. Mama shows how to properly whack the rice stalks to separate the grains. Bringing in the rice harvest. Farmer working on rice harvest, Tawang valley Corn strung up to dry in the sun. Dancers at a folk dance event. Man with traditional felted yak hair cap. Dancers in traditional costume; Tawang. A plant lover lives here in Tawang! Waterfall that looks smaller than it is! ”Welcome to Tawang’ gate at Sela Pass. Blue wild flowers in the highlands. Showing off the traditional Monpa hand-woven jacket Monpa lady with traditional dress. Weaver doing the supplementary patterning on traditional jacket. Weaving skirt Toasting corn; Old Dirang Bountiful corn crop drying in the sun, Old Dirang. Young painter in the Dirang temple. Roadside temple, Old Dirang. Back of a typical man’s jacket. Inside of palm leaf roof in a local home. Piggies! Soft green landscape between Tawang and Dirang. In particularly pretty areas, we got out of the van to walk in nature.NE India. Beautiful ferns and palms grow alongside the road between Dirang and Itanagar. Interesting weaving decoration used to blend sections of color with the larger white area. Bringing rice to the wedding. Apatani people living in this village and the women wear nose-plugs. The bride in white hand-woven skirt leads her wedding procession; Apatani village. Apatani wedding guest. 6am wedding procession; friends of the bride all bring a big basket of rice in honor of the couple. Tibetan-style potstickers called Momos are a delicious and traditional food.