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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 - The Photo Story of a Spectacular Sunset on Cherai Beach

Cherai is a beautiful beach near Kochi, relatively clean, and not too crowded. We spent a few days there during our summer vacation, and, instead of the simmering heat and calm sea, we found heavy rain and huge waves that lashed at the shore! While this did restrict our time in the water, the sky put up a beautiful show for us every day...a different one each day. Here is one of the most spectacular sunsets we saw. Honestly, I didn't know where to look.... At the clouds as they gathered, or at the sun which changed its look every minute, or at the sea, with its frothy reflections of the sun and the clouds, or at the changing colours in the sky.. Let me leave the descriptions aside, and allow you to see for yourself, one of the most spectacular sunsets I have ever seen!

It all began with the clouds gathering...

...distorting the sun, which still managed to shine!
Then, the colours began to change, as the sun seemed to move faster, towards the horizon

For a moment, the sun appeared in all its glory, a perfect circle, as a cloud streaked through....


It was a spectacular sight indeed!
As the sun continued its downward journey, the light seemed to change all the times, as the clouds changed in  the sky... even the sand seemed to reflect the fading light, from the thin layer of water left behind by the receding waves!

The last glimpses of the sun, as it seemed to merge with the water, was too beautiful a sight to describe

Can you see the sun here, almost at the verge of disappearance? 

Even as the sun disappeared from sight, the colours just seemed to be more beautiful, and I couldn't help clicking... the patterns of the clouds changed too, appearing more interesting than ever!

Even as the sky darkened, the clouds continued the show, with their ever-changing patterns and colours keeping us hooked!



I have only posted a few photos among the whole lot that I took, but, if, after you see them, you would like to see more, here is a video you can sit back and enjoy!





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  1. Wow -- gorgeous shots.

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  2. What a breathtaking sunset and your captures are awesome!!! Thank you so much for sharing the beauty!! Have a great weekend!!

    Sylvia

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  3. It is spectacular, especially the one in which the cloud 'slice' the Sun!

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  4. Lovely colors on a beautiful sky

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  5. Awesome series. Breath taking moment indeed.

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  6. A truly spectacular series of shots.

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  7. Wow, there's no way to pick just one as a favorite! Gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you so much, Natalie! Now you know why I chose to post so many of these pics! just couldnt choose!

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  8. Anuradha, These are gorgeous pictures. I couldn't resist but to republish here http://www.explorex.in/get-along/skywatch-friday-the-photo-story-of-a-spectacular-sunset-on-cherai-beach.

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  9. These shots are gorgeous. Kerala is always one among the most beautiful places in India.

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  10. I enjoyed the sun set video. This is beautiful.

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  11. Wow! Your pictures really do justice to the sunset at Cherai. I live near there so I visit it often. Good job.

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