With the unbelievable “lunar” landscapes which is promoted as “Moonscape” for tourists. At a distance of 127 km from leh and at a height of 3510 meters. The mysterious odd geographical formation of the mountains offers travelers a favorite jaunt.
The next day we left towards Magnetic Hill. We then drove further towards Kargil to reach the Lamayuru Monastery which is a quite little monastery next to an abandoned old village. After having lunch there we decided to head back. We stopped by at the confluence there, watched the sunset and then by 6 in the evening we were back in our rooms.
This was a buffer day for us. My husband was keen on going for a bike ride. We hired bullet from the market at 9:30 am around and left for Lamayuru which is around 125 kms from Leh. This was the only destination for which the roads were in very good condition. We just had to follow the highway to reach our spot. As you are about to reach, on the way, you will come across Moonland. Here the mountain is formed in such a way that they look like craters on moon. The view is very nice. As you proceed little further, Lamayuru monastery will be visible. We spend some time going around the monastery before starting our journey back. If you are passionate about taking a bike ride, do that in Ladakh. It is worth every penny and pain.Day 6 to Day 8:Boarded a bus from Leh to Manali with night stay at Keylong.
Day 7 - Lamayuru, Magnetic Hill, Shey Palace, Alchi, Confulence of Indus and Zanskar River, Gurudwara Pathar SahibWe were at the last leg of our trip and the the journey to Lamayuru was a pure bliss after the taking the tiring terrains to Nubra and Pangong. The way to Lamayuru is NH1 and its extremely smooth road. We started it at 9:00 in the morning with the following stops:1) Alchi Monastery: Before one can enter the monastery, their is small lane with shops with really pretty handcrafted items which can leave you splurging on the kettles, the lamas, jwellery and lot more. At Alchi Village on the banks of the Indus River, Alchi Gompa monastery was built around 11th century. The main complex has three temples- gTsug-lag-Khang (main temple), 'Jam-dpal lHa-Khang (Manjushri temple) and Dukhang (assembly hall). The walls of the site are adorned with paintings depicting the details of Hinu kings as well as the teaching of Buddhism.2) Lamayuru, the moonland of LadakhLamayuru is a small village in Ladakh with Moonlike landscapes carved into the Greater Himalayas. The view will make you feel in literal senses that you have just landed on moon.Lamayuru Monastery has series of beautiful prayer wheels on the entrance and the temple of Avlokiteshwara Buddha. The view from the monastery is just spectcular and the route while driving would give you infinte points to capture it forever.3) Indus Zanskar Confluence:While most of the route from Leh to Lamayuru is by the Indus river and once experience it all through the journey. At the Indus Zanskar Sangam, we can see both the rivers meeting but still having its distinguished color which makes the view worth it. Although August isnt the right month as the rivers had turned brown so it wouldnt be as beautiful as part of the year.4) Gurudwara Pathar Sahib : On the way back we had visited the Gurudwara, its maintained by Indian Army and has beautifully history and belief behind it. Its extremely calm and peaceful to spend some time there.5) Druk White Lotus School : The famous Rancho's School6) Magnetic Hill and Shey Palace : They were the last stop of our journey and every place mentioned above is worth visiting and experencing.
Our third stop for the day was the magical “Moonland or Lamayuru”. The smooth drive on the Srinagar Leh Highway makes it very easy to reach this place. It took us around 4 hours to reach lamayuru. We reached around lunch time. It was drizzling and the weather was just Perfect! There is an entry fee of Rs. 20 and the lunch time is from 1.00 pm to 1.30 pm. The monastery is peaceful and the lamas happily share their knowledge with you. Lavi was very keen on knowing about the scriptures.While we were at Lamayuru I was eagerly looking to visit the point from where you get the best view of the moonland. In that quest we found a new place, to which our driver said only few locals know about it. The view from the place was Surreal! It seemed as if we have reached an alien land. We were the only people there and the solitude that place brought in was mystical. It was drizzling, the wind was strong and we spent almost 30 minutes there. Mehul bhai, Disha and our driver even took a short walk around the place before we departed for our next stop.