5 Jan. 2017
High in the Indian Himalayas, young novice monks in maroon robes take their lessons inside the 15th-century Thiksey monastery. Buddhist monasteries in the mountain desert, which forms a part of troubled Jammu and Kashmir state and borders both China and Pakistan, are a reminder of the region's ties to its eastern neighbour, Tibet. Ethnic Tibetans fled across the border after an abortive uprising against Chinese rule in 1959 and live in so-called "Little Tibets" in north and south India. Most Tibetan families in India send at least one child to a monastery to learn about their own culture, language and religion. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton SEARCH "CHILD MONK" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.