Lamayuru Tourism & Travel Guide

Nestled in the western region of Ladakh, in the midst of barren mountains, Lamayuru is a culturally rich and enchanting village and an ideal pit stop on the Kargil-Leh route. The Lamayuru Monastery was built back in the 11th century and is now owned by the Red-Hat sect of Buddhism. A popular spot for tourists when in Ladakh, the revered monastery here is referred to as the Yung-Drung, which is home to more than 150 monks and houses some precious Buddhist artefacts, wall paintings, thangas, statues, carpets and an eye-popping 11-headed, 1000-eyed image of Chenzing. Also known as Moonland for its unique landscape resembling the moon's crater, Lamayuru is a must visit for its stunning beauty. There are popular treks leading to Lamayuru though they are slightly difficult for beginners, yet one can plan an exciting, adventurous holiday here.

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Prayer wheels at Lamayuru....

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Lamayuru was the start of our Lamayuru-Zanskar Trek....

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Highway 1, Lamayuru
What I like about monasteries are their settings, most sit atop hills with great 360 degree views while the villages are built below. This allowed in the ancient times, for them to function as strongholds. Now, much of this is not needed; but means that visiting monasteries is that the views will be jaw-dropping. The Lamayuru monastery is nestled in arms of a mountain and makes a sight to behold! The monastery has a place called Hotel Niranjana which served us hot noodles and fresh apple juice in green glass bottles. The monastery which like the many other that I have visited, gave me a sense of peace and calm. The scented air just seems to make one slow down and live life at one's own pace!
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B.P.O Khaltse, Ladakh, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194106
A senior monk practices his performance for the Lamayuru Festival. The masked dances performed in the monastery during festivals depict stories of compassion, the victory over evil, and are considered as prayers and offering to the gods. These dances are popularly known as 'Cham Dance', where the monks wear traditional outfits with huge painted masks and hats.
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