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Lamayuru

Lamayuru

A moonscape for Tourists

Lamayuru is on the Leh - Srinagar Highway, and can be visited from Leh (if you fly in) or on your way from Srinagar if you drive to Leh.

Lamayuru monastery is situated at a distance of 127 KM from Leh at a height of 3,510 meters. Lamayuru can easily be covered in a day return trip from Leh. Lamayuru is known for its monastery, and for its "lunar" landscape - quaintly promoted as a "Moonscape" for tourists. The landscape is certainly incredible with its spectacularly odd geological formations, though this is not unique to Lamayuru. Lamayuru monastery is ancient, built into the 'moonscape'. It has some beautiful frescoes and frightening masks. Visitors can also see the glassed in meditation cave of the Lama Naropa. Lamayuru is a part of the Dri-Gungpa sector in western Ladakh.

Lamayuru was founded in the 11th century by Mahasiddacarya Naropa. Lamayuru has the appearance of a cave monastery with moonlike landscape. Lamayuru consisting of 5 buildings, the structure is in ruins today.

The annual festival known as Yuru Kabgyat is the major attraction of the monastery. Mask dance by the lamas are the highlight of the festival. Another important ritual followed during the festival is the burning of effigies. It stands for destruction of the ego in every individual. Besides its monastery, Lamayuru also attracts tourists for its landscape quite similar to the lunar terrain.

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Mask Dance Lamayuru
Mask Dance

A two day Annual Dance festival (Yuru Kabgat) for victory of mind over ignorance and evil.

Moonland
Moonland

An undulating series of mountains that resemble the surface of the moon.

Themisgam
Themisgam

A picturesque village (3,200 m) in leh, surrounded by majestic hills and mountains.

Lamayuru Village
Lamayuru Village

A village that is settled inside a small, bowl-shaped valley formed out of a badland area.

Mangyu
Mangyu

Home to a Buddhist monastery thought to have been built in the 11th century.

Rizong Monastery
Rizong Monastery

Also known as "the Paradise for Mediation", noted for its extremely strict rules and standards.