Lamayuru Monastery (Yuru Gompa), Kargil

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Admire ancient gompas and exquisite silk embroidery murals at Lamayuru Monastery (Yuru Gompa), a Tibetan Buddhist monastery complex perched atop a huge rock. Cut in the hillside at 3,510 m (11,520 ft), the monastery offers fabulous views of the surrounding snow-capped Lamayuru Mountains and Indus River. Founded by Naropa in the early 11th century, the complex once housed 400 monks. Impressive murals inside the complex show a blend of Tibetan and Indian art and you will see many butter lamps and elaborate carpets in well-preserved ancient meditation cavities. Ornate frescoes and numerous intensely colored statues adorn its richly decorated halls. Work out when and for how long to visit Lamayuru Monastery (Yuru Gompa) and other Kargil attractions using our handy Kargil trip tool .
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  • During my first visit in 2005, arrive at Lamayuru was more complicated. And there was the impression of arriving at the end of the world... This is quite the case. But it's always beautiful, especially early in the morning... and the sunset. Hospitality of the monks is always friendly: no change, nt on this side here.
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  • Lamayuru is set in the surreal landscape of moonland. The texture of the sand and hills accounts for an unearthly experience. Start from Leh in the morning and travel around 100 km to the monastery. I...  more »
  • Lamayuru lies on Srinagar Leh highway and offers splendid view of the valley around... there is a monastery located on small hill which is a home to monks and has a good collection of wall paintings, ...  more »
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  • Scenic beauty amidst the so called moon land.. must visit place if you are anywhere driving or riding near by.
  • Beautiful place known as the moon land Besides the monastery itself, Lamayuru is quite well known for Yuru Kabgyat. It is a two-day festival and one of the biggest in Ladakh's cultural calendar. During the festival, masked dancers perform the essential teachings of Tibetan Buddhism through traditional dance performances. The prime attraction of these dance dramas includes the demolition of a statue suggesting the enemy inside every individual. The natives of the village turn up in ethnic garments and make the festival more and more colorful.
  • Lamayuru or Yuru Gompa is a Tibetan Buddhist Gompa in Kargil District situated on the Srinagar - Kargil - Leh road 15 km east of the Fotu La, at a height of 3,510 mtrs. The word Lamayuru can be broken into Lama + Yuru. Lamayuru Gompa is situated between Bodhkharbu and Kha-la-che, on a steep rock mountain, and belongs to Red-Hat sect. Lamayuru village is settled inside a small, bowl-shaped valley formed around dusty mountains with a bizarre but beautiful texture. Lamayuru is one of the largest and oldest Gompa in Ladakh, where presently a population of around 30-50 monks reside. Lamayuru is sometimes also referred to as Tharpa Ling, the "Place of Freedom", since during the 16th century, Ladakh's King Jamyang Namgyal declared the place a sanctuary where none could be arrested and taxes were waived. The trail to the Prikiti La pass which is a gateway to Zanskar also begins here at Lamayuru.
  • Lamayuru is home to one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh, dating back to the 10th century. Local legend has it that the place was once a lake that dried up. The village has around 100 houses scattered around the Lamayuru Monastery.
  • Peaceful place. Must visit monestry. Visit n spend some time in mediation.

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