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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

Trees




On our recent journey to Chandigarh, we were the only passengers in our coach after most disembarked at Delhi. 


After  24 hours of listening to the chatter of our fellow travellers, the sudden peace and quiet was strange, to say the least! With just us to serve, even the vendors gave our coach a miss, leaving us practically alone for the remainder of our journey. Never have I enjoyed a journey more, the window wide open, feeling the wind in my hair. We passed by yellow and green fields... the shades too numerous to count.... and trees of all shapes and sizes, and colours too...








And back came the memory of a poem I learnt at school, so long back....



Trees 
I think that I shall never see 
A poem lovely as a tree. 
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest 
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast; 
A tree that looks at God all day, 
And lifts her leafy arms to pray; 
A tree that may in summer wear 
A nest of robins in her hair; 
Upon whose bosom snow has lain; 
Who intimately lives with rain. 
Poems are made by fools like me, 
But only God can make a tree.  
-          Joyce Kilmer (1913)



No, I didn't remember the whole poem. That was thanks to Google and Wikipedia! And it was only then that I learnt that the poem was written in 1913 ... exactly a 100 years ago!




All photos were taken from a train running at top speed... Please excuse the quality of the pics.... The trees had so much variety that I just had to post all of them! 

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  1. Thanks Anuradha! What a lovely post. I love Chandigarh too, it is truly, planned and beautiful, laid back and organised, although our best friends Sardarjis seem to be the largest population.

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    1. Thanks so much, Julia! Chandigarh is a beautiful town any day! sad there arent more cities like that!

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  2. Nice tree pictures, Anu! Didn't know they can make a lovely post with their colors like this. :)

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    1. Thanks Nisha!! Sitting in the train looking at all those trees with colours was so wonderful! and we think we dont have fall in India! clicked so many pics couldnt resist posting!

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  3. Great Clicks...and lovely poem...its one of my favorite cities in India.
    http://journeyintrance.blogspot.in/2012/12/tryst-with-destiny.html

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  4. Great blog Anuradha.. I had stumbled across your blog while searching for some spiritual place and since than I am hooked.... Had a quick question - what kind of camera and lens are you using for taking these beautiful panoramic photos which you have posted above?. Would appreciate if you can provide some details/tips etc.

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    1. Thanks a lot... and i use a high zoom nikon camera, not a dslr... and it is not really panorama but a usual photo just cropped.

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  5. All were Great Pictures Anu jee and beautiful log with a new variety . I am learning from you how to blog.

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  6. Gorgeous green! Awesome captures.

    http://rajniranjandas.blogspot.in/2013/01/old-goa-of-cathedrals-churches-chapels.html

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