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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 - Wish I was there......

Another weekend comes, and once again, I am stuck at home... So, for Skywatch this week, is a pic of where I would love to be....



This is somewhere in Jammu and the river winding its way amidst the mountains is either the Chenab or the Beas (don't remember which one). it was almost dry, but it was no less interesting. Samhith and I wished we could get down, and go to the river bed.. and yes, come back with some stones!!! Yes, I really wish I was there right now! Sigh!



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  1. Even I am at home I have not gone out for the entire month now :( Lovely pictures Anu I might travel to Kashmir sometime this year myself!

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    1. Thanks Mridula... but u did go to Alwar, didnt you? or was that last month? and wow!!! that will make this one great year then!!! annapurna as well as kashmir?

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  2. Very beautiful photos for SWF!Thank you for it and have a nice weekend!

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  3. Lovely photos. Nothing can be more frustrating than sitting at home without travel.

    www.rajniranjandas.blogspot.in

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    1. Thanks Niranjan!!!! unfortunately, the bulk of the year is spent at home,without travel!

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  4. Nice pictures...I really wish to be at such a place, soon!

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  5. I too am itching to travel.
    Great shot!

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    1. Thanks Indrani!!! wish we could just set off somewhere!

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  6. it is better to have dreams then not. :) Someday you will be back. :) It is a beautiful place.

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    1. Absolutely, Nature Footstep!! its our dreams that take us places!!

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  7. That was a wowiee!!! I sooo wanna go to this place

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