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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 performance by the Parakeets.....

Do you remember going to the circus and seeing birds performing feats? They gave the gymnasts and athletes a run for their money, didn't they? Yesterday morning, a group of parakeets put up a show right outside my window... Take a look at their antics....

Did you enjoy the performance? Waiting to hear your comments................


  1. Wow !! nice one...

    how much time did it take to capture all this ??

    You have some patience ma'am... :)

  2. Interesting ,its amazing what a shower can do ,it brings joy to so many :)

  3. They are such fun to watch. You got a great series.

  4. Brilliant! This is so beautiful that I am surprised people kept these rose-ringed parakeets in captivity in yesteryears.

    After watching this show I am curious to know as to what they found so interesting under the street light :-)

  5. Was Samhith around or did the poor chap miss it owing to school timings?


  7. @Shyamgovind: thanks... but i took pics for barely 15-20 minutes! they had already been there for a while before I could get my camera and start.... but they were just too fascinating to watch. so the question of patience didnt arise at all!

    @Shilpa: thanks...

    @The Wild: Absolutely!

    @indrani: Thanks.....

    @sankara: so true...... and I wondered about the same thing... but its not just these parakeets, but all birds come to perch there... wonder what is the secret!

    @Usha: no, as usual, the chap was in school....

    @Manisha: thanks...

  8. Thats indeed a beautiful show. Glad you could notice them and capture it, brilliantly.


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