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“Incredible Landscape And Ancient Monastery” 5 of 5 stars
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Highway 1, Lamayuru, India
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“Incredible Landscape And Ancient Monastery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

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.

Visited May 2013
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“Lamayuru - the moonscape”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

If you are traveling to Ladakh from the Srinagar route, the Lamayuru monastery is a must-see. Perched high in an amazing landscape described by many as "moonscape", it is one of the few monasteries in Ladakh where one does not have to climb a few hundred steps to reach it, thanks to a good motorable road!! It has very intense spiritual vibrations indeed, but maybe not everyone would be able to appreciate them easily. The mountain faces around are awesome not only for their bareness and a million shades of brown, but the drive through this area of Ladakh is mindblowing. It is the only place I have seen where many of the mountain faces are vividly purple, and even the roads appear purple as the same rocks are used to build it. My taxi driver informs me that a night drive through this area is even more amazing as several of the mountain faces glow in the dark!!
Ladakh I love you!

Visited May 2013
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“Recommendable area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Went for an overnight trip from Leh to Lamayuru. The ride to Lamayuru was beautiful and interesting. Such great landscapes and arriving in Lamayuru we had such fantastic small walks around the village. We were there in November so it felt a bit closed off for the season; the monastery's hotel was closed off. There was a small shop/kiosk downhill from the monastery, the locals were curious and very friendly. All in all we saw some of the greatest surrounding nature her, absolutely recommendable to visit Lamayuru. PS! It is possible to ask the driver to slow down when at the most narow and curving parts of the road.

Visited November 2012
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“Marvelous Moon land”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

The Lamayuru monastery is situated at a distance of 127 KM on the Leh – Srinagar highway from leh at a height of 3,510 meters. It is part of the Dri-Gungpa sector in western Ladakh. It was founded in the 11th century by Mahasiddacarya Naropa. It has the appearance of a cave monastery with moonlike landscape. Originally consisting of 5 buildings, the structure is in ruins today.
The main assembly hall (known as the Dukhang) lies to the right of the courtyard. The walls of the entrance verandah are painted with colorful depictions of the guardians of the four directions. The walls on the left of the Dukhang are adorned with murals that guide the lamas with correct ways of leading a life. On the right side of the Dukhang one can witness a glass fronted bookcase where 3 sets of Khanshur (108 volumes of Buddhist teachings) are preserved. One can also observe a statue of Shakyamuni (sans his usual blue hair) prominently positioned on the right wall. There is a small cave on the right side named the Naropa cave.
The monastery celebrates two festivals every year . The monastery has an entry ticket for INR 20. The facility is closed between 1 PM and 1:30 PM for lunch. There are washrooms available here but not very well maintained. There is a good hotel/restaurant available outside the monastery . One should not miss the beautiful moonland landscapes of this destination.
We visited on 12th Sep 2012

Visited September 2012
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“Excellent landscape and a monastry”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

Lamayuru is on the Leh-Srinigar Highway, and can be visited from Leh (if you fly in) or on your way from Srinagar if you drive to Leh. The only attraction here is the Lamayuru Monastery. However, the entire landscape of this region is awesome, to say the least. You can drive upto viewpoints to get breath taking views of the mountains and the valley, the brown hills with green vegetation, and what not. The place is also dubbed the "lunar landscape" or 'moonscape' because of the volcanic formations in the region that resemble those on the moon. This place may not be as interesting as the other places in the heaven called Ladakh, but defintiely, worth the visit. I am sure the pictures below say it all !!

Visited August 2012
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