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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

Memories of 2013 - Travel Vignettes - Gokarna

When I think of Gokarna, this is the image that comes to my mind....

Fishermen at Om Beach in the wee hours of the morning, bringing back their catch, while we sat lazily by the sea, watching them. The lush greenery, the fog, and the colourful boats, all are now etched in my memory forever. It makes me thankful that I didn't cancel the Gokarna trip when things went wrong, and instead, went ahead, with Samhith and my mom for company! If the beach and the sea gave us the relaxation we looked forward to, it was Mirjan Fort which provided the surprise element!

I have yet to write about this fort, which only reminds me that I have lots of writing to do this coming year, to catch up with all the travelling! And yet, I hope the new year brings some more travel along!

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  1. Awesome photos! the colors of the boats looking beautiful..

  2. Love the photo of the fishermen, Anu. Beautiful light and colours. And you seem to have had an exciting year of travel - here is another such one in 2014!

    1. Thanks, Charu!! It was an interesting year for sure and hope the next year is even better... and for you too/

  3. Thankyou for sharing your memories Mam, It will be great if you would help me how to reach this place and what is the best medium of travelling. Would love to visit this once and capture its beauty in my slr.

    1. Thank you, Anoop. pls read the other posts I have linked to. details of how to reach are there in them. also, for me, the best mode of travelling is always public transport :D

  4. Hi, Anuradha loved your blog. I was in Karnataka last month however; I have not visited this beach yet. After reading you blog, I think I will check it out on my next trip. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post and i loved your “Fisherman” picture. Keep writing, i’m wait for your Mirjan Fort post :)


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