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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 - Phantom Rock, Wayanad

For Skywatch today is an interesting natural sight – the Phantom Rock near Ambalavayal town in Wayanad, Kerala.



This natural, metamorphic rock resembles a skull, which brings about its name.


It is visible from quite a distance, which only enhances its popularity.


Locally, it is called ‘Cheengeri Mala’ or ‘Thalappara’, which means ‘stone head’.


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  1. Have heard about this rock a lot. Yet to visit it. It looks so precariously placed there. Nice clicks!

    http://rajniranjandas.blogspot.in/2013/06/alibaug-beyond-beach.html

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    1. Thanks Niranjan. It is really placed precariously and its amazing to see it still standing like this!

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  2. And I had not heard of it at all before today. They look majestic. catch up with your blog once i am back on the other side of June.

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    1. Thanks Mridula! it is really a majestic sight! and all the best for your trek! I look forward to your posts!

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  3. What a wonderfully moody rock! Great pics.

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  4. I've heard about Chengeri Mala / Thalapara, but never seen them. The picture of the rock against the sky is beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Anu!! you should go see it someday! really beautiful place!

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  5. There is a spooky place in Wayanad, could you visit it?

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    1. No Indrani, we couldnt visit that. I did hear of it, but our time went off in other pursuits :D

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  6. Very interesting! There are so many unheard of places.

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    1. Thank you Kusum! there indeed are many such places across India!

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  8. Never heard of this, Anu. But then I don't really know much of Wayand. Nice captures all.

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