Girl in Saga

Enroute to Saga [Elevation: 4,600 m (15,091 ft)], a Chinese army outpost on the Tibetan Plateau


photos of a Tibetan girl by Arun Shanbhag
After a long drive from Nyalam, past the Sishapangma Base Camp office, we had stopped literally in the middle of nowhere, for a lunch break. Our team of cooks had left a few hours earlier, so they could find a half-way place, pitch tents and cook warm food. At this point of the trip, I had lost my appetite and while the rest ‘enjoyed’ lunch, I sat in the car and munched on ladoos and granola bars.

There was not a human settlement as far as the eye could see on any side. Yet, a family of yak grazers must have spotted our caravan. In a few minutes, a couple of kids approached us. They were not begging, or harassing us, just observing us strangers and our strange ways, trespassing their lands. A woman in our group stuck bindis on the little girl. She loved them. I offered a few pieces of candy and took a few pics of her. As she got more comfortable, she started to make faces at the camera. Here she is (above), sticking her tongue out.

She realized she was being silly and gave this beautiful innocent smile. I wonder what she is up to. School would be a luxury for her. I only hope she is well and happy.
photos of a Tibetan girl by Arun Shanbhag

And as she tried to strike a serious pose.
photos of a Tibetan girl by Arun Shanbhag


Next on the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra: Peigutso Lake towards Saga
Start of Kailash Manasarovar Yatra: Rendevous with Sagarmatha (Everest)


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  1. Nice pictures Arun, I had been to Kailash-Manasarovar recently, and met these lovely highland kids and was much infused with joy at their innocence, and it reminds me of the lovely verse
    “Donot give me knowledge,
    Let me know nothing,
    leave me in my wilderness…
    Ignorant and innocent.”

    Perhaps much of their beauty lies in their rawness, untouched natural persona which has not been infected with the germs of ‘civilisation’.

    1. Hi Jyoti:
      Congratulations on your trip to Kailash Manasarovar! What an awe-inspiring experience. Please tell us more about your trip.

      And I am glad you met and interacted so many of the beautiful kids in Tibet.

      You rightly said – such carefree and un “infected” by the germs of civilization. And we call this progress!

      I want to go again! 🙂

  2. its wonder to see what make these kids smile inspite of everything! they live in the mountains, in difficult situations but still they have that beautiful smile. we have so much to learn from small kids!
    beautifu, beautiful pics arun. hats off to u to capture that innocence on ur lens!

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