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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

In Conversation?

What do you think these junglefowl are saying to each other?

Are they even saying anything? They stayed this way for quite a while allowing me to capture them with ease!   Nice of them, don't you think? So, any idea what they are up to?


  1. "Listen you. This is the marker. Right side your place, left side my place. In case of dire consequences next time, don't tell me I didn't warn you."...:-)

    1. Wonderful, Atula!!! thats really quite probable, considering where and how they are standing!!!

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    1. Thats what I would think too, if only they opened their mouths.. or rather, beaks! but they just stood still... as they were, not a squeak out of them!

  3. :)
    Whoever moves first makes the dinner!

    1. grt thought, Indrani!!! a battle of wills to decide who gets to do the chores?

  4. Awesome click!

  5. She came
    and confused
    to meet her aunt,
    who just stood
    with her lips pursed
    in great disapproval.

    The beauty parlour trip
    gone wrong,
    a mess of colors
    in the hair,
    trickling on to the body,
    and she wailed'
    "All my efforts
    coming to naught -
    what will I do now
    at the
    L'oreal Miss Hen International ?"

    said the elderly aunt,
    "Its the influence
    of that Rooster
    you met on FB ....."

    1. That was fantastic, Suranga!!!!Thanks so much for these wonderful lines.. been laughing and laughing!

  6. Actually, you said "Statue" and they just stood where they were ! :-P

    1. probably they were already playing 'statue' when I found them?


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