Buddhist architecture of the eastern Himalayas

Traditional architectural styles prevalent in the eastern Himalayas across Sikkim, Bhutan and Eastern Arunachal Pradesh are characteristically simple with Buddhist influences and carved wooden window frames. The use of local sustainable materials such as rammed earth, stones and wood is customary. A prominent feature is the window assembly known as a rabsel in Bhutan. The […]

Ani Gompas – Buddhist nunneries of Tawang district.

As a young girl I studied in a Christian convent school in Shillong run by a mix of Indian and Irish nuns. I was initially quite taken aback and then fascinated to hear about the Buddhist nunneries since I had at the age of ten assumed that only boys joined the monasteries.  Arunachal Pradesh has […]