Stage 3 - Borderlands Western Tibet

 FLOWERS FIT FOR A DALAI LAMA Plant Conservation Project  Stage III


The 'Sacred Lotus of India' (NELUMBO NUCIFERA)

   Lotus flower in bud, starting to unfurl

*Preliminary Inspection of Botanical and Zoological archive at Urusvati Himalayan Institute,
Roerich Museum, Kulu Valley, Himachal Pradesh 

 Photo of Nicholas Roerich at Roerich Museum 


Gallery at Museum where Roerich's art is displayed

Explanation of purpose of Urusvati Institute (founded by Nicholas Roerich)

 Chris with Kulu villager wearing traditional hat - blowing on locally-made whistle 

Chris Chadwell beside field of 'Manu' (Inula racemosa) in Lahoul - where it is being grown in vast quantities to meet the demand for material to be exported to the US for use in weight-loss pills! 

Local women harvesting 'Manu' in Lahoul 

Harvested Inula foliage and flowers being left to dry in the sun - its root was traditionally used in Tibetan Medicine and the flowers in local religious ceremonies 

 *Presentation of Kohli Memorial Gold Medal (on behalf of the Himalayan Plant Association) to Prem Singh Bodh (of Zingaro Travels) in recognition of his significant contribution to the study of Western Himalayan flora

Chris Chadwell presenting Prem with gold medal and framed certificate at his home in Manali

Hanging glacier from which water is irrigated through a system of channels to grow wheat, barley, peas in terraced fields in the arid borderlands of Western Tibet

Irrigated fields, Lahoul

Pack-horses, Miyah Nullah, Lahoul

Glacial-Stream Willow-herb (EPILOBIUM LATIFOLIUM)

'Yellow Elephant's-trunk' (lug-ru-serpo) PEDICULARIS LONGIFLORA var. TUBIFORMIS -  a lousewort of marshy places and streamsides

Owners and staff, road-side Dhaba, Lahoul 

Rupshu district during journey from Leh, Ladakh to Manali, Himachal Pradesh