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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

A short break from the routine…


School closed for the year, and has begun again, bringing with it the prospect of changes and something new. The vacation in between was too short to be considered a real vacation, for it was just a week long. But we made the most of it, packing into the short week a few days of relaxation in a pleasant place far away from the madding crowd, as well as a couple of days as part of the crowd, visiting relatives galore and eating like there was no tomorrow!

You can look forward to reams of writing about my vacation, as well as lots of photos, for I used up 2GB of memory clicking away to glory! However, the beginning of the new term has ensured that I have little time to write, so it will take some time to put down all that I want to.

Let me begin by telling all of you where I went for the vacation. Our first stop was Delhi, where I have hordes of relatives, whom I haven’t visited for over 10 years! After spending half a day rushing from one house to another, we managed to reach Old Delhi station in time to catch the Ranikhet express to Kathgodam. From there, we hired a car for the three and a half hour journey to Binsar, or rather more accurately, the Club Mahindra Valley Resort at Binsar, where we spent 5 days in bliss, enjoying the serenity and visiting just a couple of places. Our return journey brought us back to Delhi, this time to the house of a cousin, where we spent the day chatting and catching up, while Samhith got to know his cousins, who look and behave incredibly like him! We also caught up with another cousin who joined us there, and it was a riot with 5 kids between the ages of 6 and 8 let loose, having the time of their lives! Dropping all other plans, we let the kids enjoy themselves, and rushed directly to the station to catch our train back, bringing a memorable vacation to a close.

While I collate the thoughts I jotted down during my trip into a semblance of order, take a look at the slideshow of my photographs….. or for a more leisurely stroll, go to the album



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  1. Itz good to know you had good time on a 'short vacation'

    Some of the photos really awesome.

    Keep up, good going

    Jay :)

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  2. Good to hear about your vacation. Waiting for the pictures.

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  3. clicking away to glory it is, wow how many pictures :)Wow, you guys are going to lots of cool places, we should do such trips together sometimes.

    padma.

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  4. @Jay: thanks....

    @Mridula: thanks....see the pics on picasa meanwhile...

    @Padma: thanks... would love to do it together..... but times wouldnt match, at least right now..... lets see how things go.....

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