We've ridden across the valley to the Maitreya Buddha statue at Diskit Monastery.

We go closer

and closer

It's only when you're at the foot of it that you realise just how big it is, especially after stepping back to the railings around it. The views are incredible

The railings are adorned with Buddhist symbols, though this one looks more like the Pisces zodiac sign

A final close up of the face - we marvelled at how well maintained it is - over 100 feet up on the side of the mountain that is already pretty high - how do they manage it?

Then it's back onto the bikes and return to our village

Here's a picture from earlier when I'd spotted a truck and decided it would make a good support vehicle

I like the words on it
Hindustan Express - by the looks of it, I don't think it has ever gone at express speed