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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

Sunbirds in the garden

Bombay has no winter to speak of. For us, it is winter when there is a slight chill in the air late and night, and early in the morning, and that too, thanks to living in an area full of open spaces and lots of trees. Which is why, I was surprised to notice that most of our regular winged visitors were missing for the past few months!

Finally, with the slight chill too having disappeared, some of the birds are back. A few days back, we noticed that the sunbirds have returned, and yesterday, one of them sat long enough on a branch for me to photograph it... So, here's a Purple rumped Sunbird, and hope more birds return soon.....



Purple Rumped Sunbird

Purple Rumped Sunbird


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  1. Amazing! We have exactly the same bird's pair as regular visitors to our home :)

    Thanks! :)

    Wednesday Wallpaper

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  2. I think this bird can fly backwards little. Have you noticed?

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  3. What a coincidence that you were commenting on my blog when I was commenting on yours!

    Well, about your question on my Common Rose Butterfly [Atrophaneura Aristolochiae, Pachliopta Aristolochiae, Swallowtail Butterfly] Feeding on Marigolds post, click here to see where Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is located. It's not very worth visiting unless you have powerful binoculars, but yes, the efforts by the authorities are good. We saw small groups of deer far away from us. We saw a jackal also.

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  4. its a beautiful bird, isnt it. wish u more photo-ops soon :)

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  5. Anu, I've recently started following your blog. You have a nack for writing and observation :) Nice capture :D

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  6. @Bhavesh : thanks a lot, for the comment as well as the info..

    @Chitra: it doesnt really fly backward, but hovers over the flower or bud it is sucking nectar from.... which makes it look like that..

    @Mridula : thanks... your new blog looks very interesting..

    @sandeep: yes, it is... i hope so too....

    @Preeti: thanks a lot.... i liked your blog too......

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  7. Hi Anu,
    came across your blog..great one!
    as for these gorgeous birds, never seen or heard about them! they just look so beautiful. :) and love the name, SUNbird :))
    hugs from Macedonia
    Dani

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