LAMAYURU: Moonscape

The moonland of Ladakh…

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We are going there…

Reeaaallyyyyyyy….!! (with the big smile)

Its gotta be fun.

This is the first time I heard of it.

Then I saw it. 

And it was out of the world.

I mean I know that does look out of the world that is why it is called moonland. But I do have to exaggerate because it was magnificent.

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Now the reason for the name:

Geological upheavals during the continental drift caused a unique stratification near Lamayuru giving rise to a spectacular landscape known as the ‘Moonland’ of Ladakh.

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Yungdrung Tharpaling Monastery (གཡུང་དྲུང་ཐར་པ་གླིང་དགོན་པ), known today as Lamayuru Monastery.

Once upon a time lamayuru was inundated in a lake, or so the legend goes. Arahat Madhyantika prophesied that one day the lake would be dried and a monastery would be made here. 

In the 11th century came a Buddhist saint to meditate in a nearby cave, mystical Mahasiddha Naropa, who with his prayers miraculously invoked the water to dwindle away and made the place into a sacred land.

Well preserved cave is still stands and is the part of the main shrine of Lamayuru Monastery. In 1038, Rinchen Zangpo, a great translator, built five temples at Lamayuru, only one is in perfect condition today.

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I love looking at these murals at the entrance of the monasteries. I just sit there and let them take my mind on a journey through the story, they depict.
So far, i m just trying to figure out much about them reading here and there. You know the stuff.

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Human ant house monastery as I call it, which seems to be on the mounds of earth. 

To add all up just like ants, Monks live in a community and work for the greater good. They function as parts of a whole.

ye aacha

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While driving upto Lamayuru you will cross Fotu la 4,108m (13,479 ft)

It is the Highest point on Srinagar-Leh Highway of the Himalayan Zanskar Range.
There is a rainbow colored mountain, which i found absolutely breathtaking.

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Then there was a lone cloud on top of the mountain in the clear blue sky, which was adorable

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The valley itself is so vast that i just kept my face out the window trying to take it all in and clicking away like a crazed dog wanting for air.

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Mountains had so many beautiful arrays of color as if an artist poured mix of liquid acrylic color over few of them. Pure love from my side…

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“I like the mountains because they make me feel small,’ Jeff says. ‘They help me sort out what’s important in life.” — Mark Obmascik