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Ladakh Diaries Part 9: Lamayuru

Lamayuru is one of the most ancient monasteries in Ladakh, the oldest surviving structure dating to the 11 th century CE. What makes this monastery particularly fascinating, is its location, amidst what is today called the “moonscape”, for the spectacular natural rock formations, which truly are “out of the world”! As per legend , there once existed a huge lake in this area, populated only by the Nagas (serpents). It was prophesized that there would be a great monastery built here. This prophecy came true when the great acharya Naropa (756-1041 CE) arrived. He emptied the lake, meditated for many years inside a cave, and built the first monastery here. The present structure is a new one, built around the cave where Acharya Naropa is said to have meditated. This legend seems to fit well with the geological formations seen in the area, which suggest this was a paleo-lake, which disappeared around 1000 years ago. Lamayuru is about 130 km from Leh , and the Indus River flows along th

Navaratri Preparations - Part 3 - 10 most useful links for Paper Modeling


Buildings – just the thought of making lots of buildings makes Samhith all excited! When we started our navaratri preparations, he realized that his blocks wouldn’t be enough to make all the things he wanted in his town – stations, shops, houses, buildings, etc. etc. etc……… As usual, his solution was simple – “Let’s buy more blocks!” he said!!!!! After a lot of argument, I had to put my foot down and explain that his quota of building blocks for the year was done, and I wasn’t buying any more till his next birthday! But then he was so upset that I assured him that I would help him make good houses with paper, and set to work. It would have been easier buying ready-made stuff, but then, it wouldn’t really be the same, would it?

Thus began a whole lot of work for me – beginning with days of searching on the internet (to which I turn for anything and everything these days…), which yielded absolutely stunning results! I found not only some interesting sites which gave me ideas to make my town, but also lots and lots of sites with ready to print paper models of houses – which I only had to print and fix together!

Here are a few…. If you have kids or want to become a kid yourself, go ahead and try some of them out…… they are just too beautiful!

Most of these sites have ready-to-print patterns, colours and patterns all done, which yield the best results, but there are a few which give us the chance of colouring in ourselves, which is what I chose, so as to give Samhith the pleasure of doing his bit of work…….

So, here are my top 10 sites for making paper models -

This is one of the first sites I came across. It reminded me of a paper-cut-out farm I had when I was a kid (a gift from my aunt in the US), and which had been given away when I grew up. Today, I wish I had enough space to keep all these things instead of having to give them away!!!!

This site has some wonderful stuff – right from making your farm, village and town to castles! Just the place for us! Most of my patterns have been taken from this site, and the best part is that they are all blank templates and we can colour them as we wish! And soon, I shall share our work with you!!

3.      Paper Toys
This site has some amazing paper fold-ups – ranging from some of the most beautiful buildings in the world to vehicles and even dolls, and everything is absolutely free!
However, one point about these models is that they are extremely detailed and hence quite complex. Definitely not child’s play!

This one is a treasure-house of paper fold-ups, listing sites with free models of everything from modes of transports to castles, railroads to famous landmarks, villages to skyscrapers. The sites are well classified and it is very convenient!

This site has some wonderful miniature models of houses, shops and churches, ideal for model railroads or a model village like ours.

This is the personal page of Martin Gumhold from Germany…. His site is in both German as well in English, and has some wonderful houses, including a small one which can be coloured in. Samhith loved it, and has made a few of them.

This one has a very pretty little barn, complete with animals and fodder. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to take a good colour printout and hence couldn’t use this one. Maybe next time!

This is another good site for barns and stuff, which even has tips for getting the wall and roof textures absolutely right!!!

9.      Houses - Chinese site
This site has some great houses, all for free, but the whole site is in Chinese… but who cares, the patterns are all I need!

And finally, this one has a whole lot of stuff! This was where we found our station. It is supposed to be a bus stand, but who knows, by the time we are done, it might be a railway station!

These are certainly not the only sites on paper-models, but these were the most useful ones for me. There are lots and lots more sites which have interesting patterns, and all you have to do is - search!!!!!

Well, that brings me to an end to another part of this series. My background is done, my printouts for the houses and other buildings are ready. All we now have to do is colour them in, cut them out and fix them up! Sounds easy? Think again! This has been the easy part. Now we have to sit down and get to work! With just two more days in hand, it’s high time I get to work and get things ready! I shall soon be back with the results... Till then, have a nice day!!!! 




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  1. WOW!! I am blown away, went to each site and had a good long look :) if I had known these things , I would have done them myself! This is no plastic! its paper and degradable and we can recycle it! Thats more than enough reason to do them and its very very interesting to do, I can see the potential work involved, but I guess it would be really fun doing it :)

    Visiting your posts everyday is a treat :) I am going to treasure this post for long time to come, when I make my golu this is what I am going to do

    Kudos to yourself and Samhit! You must have searched so much! and glad you did , now you can tell others and guide them :) Samhit would be really proud to show his master of art creations to his friends and I can forsee a big crowed at your home inspecting and murmering to themselves how much you have done and how much they seem beautiful

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