Pashupatinath, Nepal. Pashupathinath is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus. The photo is of one of the sadhus,or holy men, at the site. Genuine or fake sadhu? Hard to tell but he sure looks the part to a novice.
The Potala Palace was first built in the 7th century but took its modern form in the 17th century under the supervision of the 5th Dalai Lama. The Potala is lit up at night--the best view can be enjoyed from a plaza constructed across the street by the Chinese government.
Prayer flags line almost every hilltop and mountaintop in Tibet, thought to carry prayers to the deities on the wind. This collection, at a rest stop overlooking the holy Yamdrok Lake, was particularly bountiful.