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.
A two day Annual Dance festival (Yuru Kabgat) for victory of mind over ignorance
An undulating series of mountains that resemble the surface of the moon.
A picturesque village (3,200 m) in leh, surrounded by majestic hills and mountains.
A village that is settled inside a small, bowl-shaped valley formed out of a badland
Home to a Buddhist monastery thought to have been built in the 11th century.
Also known as "the Paradise for Mediation", noted for its extremely strict rules