I visited India and Nepal for the first time on a Buddhist pilgrimage led by Shantum Seth in 2007. The following is from my 2008 trip to India, Nepal, and Tibet. I returned from Tibet to Kathmandu.

A street in the Thamel District, Kathmandu, Nepal

The time difference in Kathmandu is two and a quarter hours behind Lhasa, so I’ve gone back in time slightly.

I’m in my new room at Vaishali Hotel and it’s about 2 pm. I’m exhausted. It’s culture shock: Lhasa…