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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 - A little house

Stuck at home as the weekend approaches, this is where I wish I was......


Nestled within a vast coffee estate, this tiny house looks inviting, doesn't it? I clicked this pic on our visit to a coffee estate at Coorg.

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  1. So very pretty!

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    1. Yes PNS! I am sure you would have loved it too!

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  3. Reminds me of my native place..

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    1. Ah Chitra, if you have a house like this in your native place, you are really lucky! i envy you!

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  4. indeed very cozy.relaxing and refreshing. thanks http://mumbong.blogspot.in/

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  5. Coffee and pepper plantations inviting you home! Gorgeous place.

    http://rajniranjandas.blogspot.com/2013/07/responsible-tourism-and-mature-actions.html

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  6. Amazing place, beautiful photo:) Greetings

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  7. Anything covered with green surrounding does count for a beautiful landscape! Loved that little house!

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  8. Amazing pics of incredible india....

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  9. Hello anu.. Cool pics.. Really little house is superb...

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  10. Glad that you liked "my" house, Anu :-P

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