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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

Skywatch Friday

The Sunset at Alibag....

This was one of the pics we took on our visit to Alibag last year, and I especially love this one... esp since there is a couple in the frame against the backdrop of the setting sun.... romantic, wouldn't you say??? And for those of you who like to look further, there is a small bird there too.....


  1. Oh ya! I saw the bird too!! Very beautiful take!!!

  2. Lovely shot Anu... i saw the birdie on left before reading ur note... :D

    romantic picture :)

  3. Absolut wundervoll, eine Stimmung zum Träumen.

    liebe Grüße aus Deutschland


  4. like a golden empire it is! very nice!

  5. @Bhavesh: Thanks... knew u would spot it!!

    @Aarti: Thanks a lot.... that was fast!!

    @veredit: Thanks so much!

    @Sri: Thanks... yes, it is..absolutely!

    @Mridula: Thanks...

  6. Beautiful and romantic photo. More than 20 years ago we were in Mumbai and our hotel was right across from the Arabian Sea. it was a memorable trip!

  7. ooh, i love sunsets like these, romantic but wistful, and yes, i do catch that tiny lil bird on the side. ^0^

  8. @commonweeder:Thanks a lot.... WoW! a room facing the sea in Mumbai? Must have been great!!! I love going to the sea face.. its always feels so calm and peaceful inspite of all the crowd and noise....

  9. @Arabesque:Thanks...... glad u found the bird :)

  10. I too saw the birdie. Good shot.

  11. Very Romantic

  12. What a gorgeous sunset. I love the couple walking along the beach.

    I have my sunset over at

  13. lovely shot!! good frame, the color of sky, the reflection in wet sand.. beautiful..


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