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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

Merry Christmas!!!! X Mas Memories of Shimla

Since the last few days, I have been reminiscing on the blog about the year gone by. Today, for the special occasion of Christmas, I am taking the reminiscing a bit further, going back to the wonderful X mas we spent last year, at Shimla! 

This was the Gingerbread house at the Club Mahindra's resort - Whispering Pines, at Mashobra, near Shimla, which is where we stayed. Standing next to the Christmas tree, loaded with presents, it was surely the first thing anyone stepping into the resort headed to! 

That wasn't all.. the whole place was decked up....

A Christmas tree made of fir cones

Santa and his reindeer - the reindeer are made of fallen twigs

Samhith particularly enjoyed the Christmas party, with all the goodies we had, to eat. Here is a glimpse of the spread... which, just remembering it, makes my mouth water! 

This year, to say we have missed all that, would be an understatement. However, staying home has had its perks, chiefly among which is Samhith's experience, of singing Christmas Carols with all his friends, at a Remand Home, nearby... and we look forward to playing Santa on Wheels with the Breakfree gang! Thus, it seems apt to say that if it was Xmas for pleasure last year, it is Christmas with a Purpose, this year!!

On that note, let me wish you all, a very, very Merry Christmas!!!


  1. Wow, you had a wonderful Christmas last year..
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year..

  2. That's a heart warming recap! Enjoy every moment. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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