It seems that Russian researchers have found this mystical country
(Continued in the rooms for 15, 16, 18 and 19 March)
In search of the mystical land of Shambhala expedition of Alexander Selvacheva decides to break into Western Tibet — a real "white spot" on the planet. There is only one way — wild river Sutlej.
Western Tibet is closed to foreigners — there are Chinese missiles aimed towards India. But there is evidence that about three thousand years, until the XI century AD, there existed a certain state of Shang Shung, in which was born a pagan religion Coupons. In this area, many Orientalists 'placed' and the ancient Shambhala. But the road there is one — wild river Sutlej, which had to pass on two catamarans. Descriptions of the river there. Maps made by satellite images, unreliable. And it's not noticeable from space, the researchers saw that …
Alexander tells Selvachev:
— Already a hundred kilometers from Kailash begins barren rocky terrain. True, there are the remains of relict beech groves. And we can assume that a thousand or two years ago, the climate was milder here, and fertile soil. And then people could live well.
Sutlej is so narrowed that catamarans barely squeeze. And the vaults of the mountains hanging so low that it seems as if you swim through the tunnel. On the third day, having one such almost kilometer tunnel, seen in front of a small valley. And stupefied: rocks that framed her gaping cave-set windows.
Cave City — storey house. The upper and lower tiers connected by vertical access doors.
This is the city! Unknown cave city! Mention of it in the literature I have ever seen. In the sandstone was dug or gouged a complex area of several square kilometers — you can get lost. Multi-storey complex. But here, in contrast to the cave settlements at Lake Manasarovar, the upper and lower tiers connected by vertical access doors. And the location of the caves felt logic. It can be seen that the arrangement came to serious.
Another difference from the well-known Tibetan cave cities — extended horizontal passages in the rocks about half a meter in height. What are they — is not clear. How many people lived here — hard to say. Judging by the fact that the pilgrims can cozy up on the court, "two by two meters," there lived a few thousand people. In the group was a professional archaeologist. And at the most cursory examination of the cave cities, we found fragments of pottery, wooden vessels, bronze ornaments with a swastika and a lot of items of unknown purpose, some silver plate with drawings …
In the cave town, we spent two days trying to find the moves deep into the mountains. But was unsuccessful. And then, downstream, found two similar settlements. However, a much smaller size. And both were also located in the valleys, canyons, tunnels after.
Alas, the term Chinese visas has ended. The guys wanted to quickly get on the Sutlej to India, and from there head to Russia. However, about 10 kilometers from the border, spending the night, they intercepted a detachment of Chinese border guards. A few days out on the trial, then — fine for visiting the Closed Area and deportation to his homeland.
Some of the tunnels go down dramatically, but a dead end.
BORN AS A MYTH
And no mystery!
SELVACHEV Alexander, head of RATT, unlike many Tibetan scholars critical of mysticism:
— In Tibet we were faced with strange things. "Wandering Lights", mirages, the strange behavior of people and animals … All can find scientific explanations, if want. But it is clear to me that Shambhala is not a mystical country, and the real ancient state. Mystics and not that it is supposedly under the ground — people simply lived in a huge cave cities.
It is said that in Shambhala hidden knowledge of previous civilizations. And why not? Perhaps it is the echoes of stories about a large repository of manuscripts. If funds are available, and people of good will of the Chinese government can find it very quickly.
In the deserted city was home to several thousand people.
Shambhala is located in the valleys of the river Sutlej
In favor of this version there are a few reasons:
First, the area on the border of India and China — the latter is not learned in Tibet. The finds of the expedition confirmed that the local places — a paradise for archaeologists.
Second, the version that connects to the Western Tibet Shambhala, there is a long time. But the real proof was not there before.
Third, according to the legends of Shambhala is hidden under the ground. A sandstone and karst near the banks of the Sutlej are ideal for the construction of these "silos." Found mountain towns — is an example.
It would be nice to equip a major expedition, which will include archaeologists, climbers and cavers. But the unfriendly relations between India and China do not allow us to hope that the military in the near future will open access to these areas. To get here while you can only illegally.
On the Sutlej at times it seemed that the mountains are closed over their heads.
Andrew MOISEENKO email@example.com March 22, 2005