Thikse Monastry, Ladakh, India

Thikse Monastry, Ladakh, India. I first came here in 2003 accidentally. I was meant to go to China but my flight was cancelled due to SARS, so ended up in North India instead with 1 week notice. This place had a profound effect on me for so many reasons, and at 3,500m above sea level I literally felt on top of the world. I went back in 2012 to visit a family I stayed with there and felt like I had gone home. _ _ _ Aileen McSparkle, Melbourne