When I started this trip, I rather naively thought Shambhala represented a magical place, a utopian ideal – free from war and material greed, a place where there is no hunger, where there is nothing but happiness – but can such a place really exist? You never know it might even have the best bike shop ever known – of course the bikes would be free!
Shambhala is a spiritual powerhouse. And where there is power (even if the power is for good), history has shown us there will be people ready to take or exploit it for their own agendas – even if the power contained in Shambhala is beyond the realms of mere mortals.
Human skulls used for drinking in religious ceremonies, families of skeletons buried in caves, thigh bones used as instruments to awaken the spirits and curious symbols stretching from China all the way along the Himalayan ridge crop up time and again, pointing to a land which we find difficult to understand.
So, after a rest it’s time to leave Nepal, pointing the front wheel north again to have a peek in to the dark side of Shambhala . Bring it on!