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    Posted June 20, 2012 by
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    Travel photo of the day

    Hidden in the Hindu Kush - Tibetan Smiles


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     adg4jk captured this beautiful photo of a mother and her baby who were all smiles in a Tibetan Village in Korzok on May 20. "I couldn't resist taking their picture," she says. Adding that the Tibetan babies were some of the most precious she has ever seen. "My short time there has inspired me to want to return and to not only learn more from the people there, but perhaps as a future nurse. To be able to provide even a small amount of health care in a place that has none available for endless miles," she says. "This part of the world is truly magical. Almost a month after my return and I still haven’t fully processed the mystery of this place." Her photo was selected as CNN's Travel Photo of the Day for January 9, 2013.
    - Anika3, CNN iReport producer

    May 2012 - In the remote desert mountains of Ladakh, India lies a Tibetan village. A mother and baby walked by as our team of Americans looked around getting a little taste of Tibet. Approaching her, I was greeted with a genuine smile. Smiling back, I pointed to my camera for permission to take a picture. The mother laughed quietly and became shy. Their names are unknown to me; yet, the strikingly dark eyes of this joyful pair will remain imprinted on my heart forever.
    We were a team of 14 Americans traveling in the nomadic regions of Ladakh with only one goal: to learn about the people in this breathtakingly beautiful region. We spent time in this particular Tibetan village with the children as they washed their clothing in the river that flowed from a natural hot spring. School uniforms were hung, lining the water bank after the children and several caretakers scrubbed and wrung the clothes dry. The village consisted of about 60 Tibetan families and was about three miles from the Ladakhi nomadic school where we had been earlier that day. The diversity of the people in Ladakh is indescribable. Nepali and Tibetan refugees, nomadic peoples and children, and military bases filled with an array of men from all over India are just some of the many faces found of this region.
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