100th Issue Special: For the Love of Epiphanies

Travel can often lead to transformative experiences: from living in a picturesque nunnery in Tibet to spiritual encounters in Lalibela.   
100th Issue Special: For the Love of Epiphanies
Perched 10,000 feet high on a mountain in the rugged eastern reaches of Tibet, the Dhammo nunnery offers a traveller a much-needed break from the fast-pace of her life. Photo By: Yury Birukov/Shutterstock

100. Tibet: A Moment of Zen

Dhamo nunnery is perched 10,000 feet high on a mountain in the rugged eastern reaches of Tibet. Around 40 nuns live there, in modest homes with extraordinary views. Wispy cloud cover and the surrounding green hills make the nunnery feel like a haven away from the fast paced world I’m used to. The sense of community and the generosity at this sanctum sanctuary is palpable. Looking back on my week-long stay there in 2018, I realise I learnt so much from the friendly nuns—who live without cell phones, truly believe in world peace, and welcome strangers into their homes with steaming momos and tea.

—Madhuri Chowdhury

 

This entry is a part of our 100th issue special: 100 reasons to love travel spread out across 14 varied categories. Read all 100 entries on our digital forum or new National Geographic Traveller India app here.

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