Travels in Tibet - images from a lost world.

by Aniket Pant December. 07, 2016 1830 views


Almost every day for six years I woke up to the scene above. The majestic Kanchenjunga has stayed in my mind for all these fifty plus years.

I will not speak of the spiritual solace that this and other scenes gave, the long discourses with learned lamas that my parents engaged in and the politics of the time. These have been explained much better than I ever could by my father Apa Pant in his various writings.

But, nevertheless, the spirit of the mountains, being all pervasive penetrated my unconscious mind in subtle and far reaching ways so that even today I feel the deep and lasting effect that those years had on my journey through life.

It is hard to imagine in today’s age of instant and worldwide communication that in those days the most we could travel in one day was 8 – 10 miles, and 10 miles was a long day.


The road travelled by jeep


All those trips were primarily on horseback with the ones in Tibet in rickety unheated jeeps. The roads were primitive – often the left side of the jeep would be scraping the mountainside while the right wheel would be at the edge of a two thousand foot drop.

Transferring luggage from jeeps to mules


In our travels in Sikkim, Bhutan and Tibet I was the “official” photographer for my parents. With my Agfa camera and later my Canon (today these would be called “point and shoot” cameras”) I recorded as best as I could the scenes that unfolded. Little did I sense that many of these would be “historical” – events would dictate that that world would vanish forever.

The photographs that you see here are scans from those old slides – evidence that that old format does, indeed survive the test of fifty plus years – which I have been able to salvage after many years of inappropriate storage in wet and humid conditions.

I wonder if today’s digital formats will last that long…

Enjoy!

With the Dalai Lama in Lhasa. I'm scowling because His Holiness just pulled my ears



The Dalai Lama at Norbu Lingka - his Summer palace - 1958


Gold roofs of the Potala - Lhasa 1958


Chomolhari - en route to Lhasa from Sikkim



My father Apa Pant with the Dalai Lama. At Norbu Lingka 1958






Picnic on the banks of the Tsang Po river

The Potala Lhasa 1958



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Jane 2 years, 6 months ago

More astonishing stunners. Such a joy...

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Aniket Pant Replied to Jane 2 years, 6 months ago

Many thanks. So glad you liked it!

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Chelsie Dwello 4 years, 6 months ago

I enjoyed looking at these. thank you.
Namaste

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Aniket Pant Replied to Chelsie Dwello 4 years, 6 months ago

Glad you liked!

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Helen Hooker 4 years, 7 months ago

A wonderful step back in time - thank you for sharing these with us!

4 years, 7 months ago Edited
Aniket Pant Replied to Helen Hooker 4 years, 6 months ago

Glad you liked them!

4 years, 6 months ago Edited
Abigail Gossage 4 years, 7 months ago

Fabulous documentary photographs! Thanks for sharing.

4 years, 7 months ago Edited
Aniket Pant Replied to Abigail Gossage 4 years, 7 months ago

So glad you liked the story!

4 years, 7 months ago Edited
Brenda Nelson 4 years, 7 months ago

Thank you for sharing your fond memories, amazing history, and interesting culture with us. I'm so grateful that these wonderful images have been preserved through time for all of us to enjoy with you!

4 years, 7 months ago Edited
Aniket Pant Replied to Brenda Nelson 4 years, 7 months ago

So glad you liked the story. I'm composing some more thanks to all the encouragement

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Brenda Nelson Replied to Aniket Pant 4 years, 7 months ago

Your father was quite a remarkable man - I read much about him on the internet. You must be very proud of all his accomplishments and all the opportunities he gave you to be a part of his endeavors.

4 years, 7 months ago Edited
Shahul Khalid 4 years, 8 months ago

Wonderful story...keep writing and inspiring us

4 years, 8 months ago Edited
Aniket Pant Replied to Shahul Khalid 4 years, 8 months ago

Thank you so much Shahul. I most certainly will thanks to your encouragement

Aniket

4 years, 8 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 4 years, 8 months ago

What an amazing ife story you must have. I've googled Apa Pant and I was amazed by the story of your father.

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Aniket Pant Replied to Antonio Gil 4 years, 8 months ago

Thank you Antonio. Yes. Both my parents were remarkable people, ax are all parents in their own way. I was lucky that my father's quest for spiritual growth brought us into deep contact with people of the moral stature of His Holiness.

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Ben Mckechnie 4 years, 8 months ago

You write beautifully. Fascinating to see scenes from Tibet from days gone by. Especially
seeing the Dalai Lama in his younger days. Thank you for sharing your story.

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Aniket Pant Replied to Ben Mckechnie 4 years, 8 months ago

Thank you so much Ben.

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