India

Clinging to rock faces or perched atop a rock outcrop, Himalayan Monasteries (known as Gompas) are usually built in the adobe style. Close by one will find Chortens, known in Sanskrit as a stupa. Built in a variety of shapes and sizes, they usually contain the relics of a respected Lama or Yogi. These beautiful mounds of moulded, and then painted mud, are to be navigated on the left hand side.