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; we did see a few mountainsides like this in the Nubra region as well.
The monastery is ancient, built into the 'moonscape'. It has some beautiful frescoes and frightening masks. Regrettably, the frescoes are very badly maintained and require urgent expert restoration. Visitors can also see the glassed in meditation cave of the Lama Naropa.
As with all the well known monasteries, Lamayuru attracts a good share of the Buddhist circuit tourists i.e. visitors from Thailand, Japan and other Buddhist countries. Evidence of their visits is in the assorted foreign currencies lying on the offering table. We were amused to find a bottle of Old Monk Rum in the offerings as well!
INR20 was the entrance fee for the monastery when we went in the beginning of May this year. Photography is allowed even inside the temple.
There is a restaurant and guest house within the monastery premises. Going by the predominant cuisine on the menu, most of the guests are foreign visitors.
Lamayuru is on the Leh Srinagar highway. It can easily be covered in a day return trip from Leh, also covering Alchi, the Indus Zanskar confluence, Pathar Sahib, Hall of Fame with a stint at river rafting thrown in as well if you have an early start to your day.
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