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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

Skywatch Friday - Akshi Beach, Alibag

Every week, as Friday approaches and I go hunting for an image to post as part of Skywatch Friday, I lose myself among all the images I have clicked.... re-live the memories of all those trips... and wish I was there again!





Today's image is from the Akshi Beach at Alibag.... clicked on an impulsive trip with my cousins. I have loads of photos of the beach, of the trees, of the water... but this is among my favourites. It was early in the morning and we were waiting for the sun to rise. And these were people already at work... ferrying the water scooters for the adventure sports... to the next beach....



It has been almost two months since the year began, and I have been stuck at home. Two months without travel is a long period for me, but we are governed by school, not our desire to travel alone. As I post these pics, I hope the opportunity for travel comes again... soon!

Meanwhile, here are some of my posts about Alibag


You can brighten up your day with more wonderful images on the Skywatch Friday page

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  1. Interesting click!

    www.rajniranjandas.blogspot.in

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  2. Nice shots!
    Have a great day!

    Shantana

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  3. Amen to that Anu for both of us.

    Beautiful pictures.

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    1. Thanks Mridula!!! Hope your airline woes end soon and u get to travel once more!

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  4. very nice. hope you find more travel soon.

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  5. Lovely shot Anu

    It appears that when you are not travelling you are journeying through your pictures!!

    Heres to great travel stories from you this year too

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    1. Thanks Sowmya!I am always journeying thru my pictures.. which is why work never gets done at home!!! hope i can write more this year though!

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  6. The Scooters look like a little train on the beach... good capture

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    1. Thanks, Desi Traveler!! it does look a little like a train!

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  7. nice clicks
    happy Skywatch Friday

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  8. Great serie of photos!
    Happy SWF to you!

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  9. happy travels have fun finding new photo opportunities

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  10. Lovely place to be, the kids will love it.

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    1. Its indeed a lovely place for kids, Shalu! and for us adults too.. the best place to relax!

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  11. Good ones. Alibaug is an interesting place too.

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  12. It looks like a nice beach, someplace relaxing to go to. Thank you for visiting my blog :)

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