The Lamayuru- Zanskar Trek (The Sub-zero Chronicles, Ladakh 2015)
Lamayuru was the start of our Lamayuru-Zanskar Trek....
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It’s difficult to choose the best amongst so many beautiful monasteries in Leh-Ladakh. If you want your touristy dose of seeing monks on orange robes performing quaint rituals, a visit to the Lamayuru monastery is a must. It is one of the oldest and largest monasteries of Ladakh, located approximately 127 kms from Leh. You will love seeing the beautiful caves carved out of the mountains at the monastery. You could also consider going to the Stok, Hemis, Thiksey, Spituk and Shey monasteries if time permits
The Lamayuru Monastery
The year 2013 was the first time I visited the Lamayuru Monastery. It was here that I befriended two young bhikkus, aged 1 and 4. After 4 years when I visited the monastery again in 2016, I met the older one who was all grown up, but as naughty as ever. Funny thing was that he recognised me too. Out of the swarm of tourists that visit Lamayuru every year, maybe our acquaintance was the beginning of a deep friendship.
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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