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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

Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur

The Albert Hall Museum in Jaipur is the oldest museum in the state of Rajasthan. Located picturesquely in a garden just outside the walls of the old city, it is impossible to miss or ignore.





The building was originally intended to be the town hall, but it was later decided to house the museum. We were unable to enjoy the museum from inside thanks to lack of time, but it looked so beautiful that we were unable to resist stopping to click some pics!



And the multitudes of pigeons ensured that we got some amazing ones!!





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  1. Lovely pictures, it has some interesting collections including a mummy!

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    1. Thanks Mridula!! yeah, i read about the Mummy, which is why i actually went ahead and bought a combined ticket which included entry to this one too... but as it turned out, i wasnt able to visit.. anyway, this was just an off the cuff jaipur trip.. and we missed a lot.. will definitely go again!

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  2. The population of pigeons in Jaipur is simply amazing..

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    1. oh yes, Arun! absolutely!! samhith enjoyed making them fly away wherever we went !!

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  3. Brilliant shots Anu. Perfect timing!!

    www.rajniranjandas.blogspot.com

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  4. Amazing shots of the building and the pigeons. Love it. Thanks for sharing, have a great weekend. Happy Skywatching!

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  5. Lovely set! I have seen these pigeons!

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    1. Thanks Kusum!! I guess these pigeons are almost always a part of that scene!

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  6. The building's architecture is beautiful... And those pigeons - so many!!!

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  7. Oh wonderful!! Perfect timing too!

    The architecture in the background looks amazing, and with all the pigeons flying out from its direction makes it stand out even more!

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  8. Beautiful shots. Happy sky watching.

    My Sky.

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  9. What an incredible museum!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    1. THanks Gary! Its even more incredible inside, apparently!

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  10. The architecture is really soothing. Beautiful shots. We were also there but could not get inside as that was closed that day. The area is pretty clean and princely.

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    1. thanks PNS! looks like we both need to make another visit to see this museum!

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  11. beautiful pictures. Those pigeons are having a good place to live.

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    1. Thanks, Vetrimagal!! the pigeons indeed have found a beautiful mansion to live in!! lucky ones!

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  12. Beautiful capture, Anu.

    Thanks for letting me know about this Museum. I hope to visit Rajasthan in November and will definitely try to visit it the.

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    1. Thanks Sudha!! You should def go there... it seems to have some interesting stuff... would love to hear and read a first hand account from you.!

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  13. I might try to visit this from inside . Thanks once again for sharing

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