That moment when you witness a sight that’s beyond words. Faith and Fists can move mountains and so do these cheerful kung fu nuns who smash through traditional healing techniques and cycle to the remote countryside.
On our last trip to Leh in August 2016, we spotted hundreds of cyclists clad in black sweatpants, red jackets and white helmets, pedalling the treacherously steep, narrow mountain passes to India from Nepal could be mistaken for a Himalayan version of the Tour de France.
The similarity, however, ends there. This journey is longer and tougher, the prize has no financial value or global recognition and the participants are not professional cyclists but Buddhist nuns from India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. Nuns from the Buddhist sect known as the Drukpa Order, cycled from Nepal’s Kathmandu to the northern city of Leh in India to raise awareness about human-trafficking in the remote region.
It feels great to have witness such a terrific sight that stands with positivity and endurance, gender equality, peaceful co-existence and respect for the environment. Take a look on the video here –
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