From Norwich to India - Norwich students get a taste of far eastern culture

A group of Norwich students have cut short their summer holidays and travelled to India to experience life as Tibetan Monks.

All 21 students from years 10, 11 and 13 at the Norwich School travelled with three staff to Ladakh in North India, staying at the Tibetan Buddhist Diskit Monastery, to gain an understanding of their classroom subjects first hand.

'It was a real privilege seeing what life as a monk entailed,' said Diane Saywack, head of religious studies at Norwich School.

'Our students taught lessons to the boy monks one morning, took them on a picnic, took a not-so-comfortable camel ride and played them at cricket.'

The adventurous students also explored the Sham trek at 3,700 metres and the Shang Pass at nearly 5,000 metres.

They white-water rafted on the Zanskar River and crossed the Khardung Pass, the highest road in the world at 5,600 metres.

But it wasn't all outdoor adventure and living like monks for the youngsters.

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Some of the students managed to get their fashion fix by commissioning traditional multi coloured trousers at the Ladakh tailors. Ms Saywack said: 'They were trousers that would have made Gok Wan weep with despair.

'Some of our other highlights included listening to a shepherdess sing a haunting, spine-tingling song around a campfire and visiting the Bangla Sahib Gurdwara, an impressive Sikh temple, and the Taj Mahal.

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