Key Points
  • Ideal Duration: 1 day
  • Best Time: Apr-Jun
  • Nearest Airport: Leh

Lamayuru (Lamayouro) is a small village located between Kargil and Leh in the Ladakh region of India. There are around 100 houses in the village scattered around the Lamayuru Monastery. Lamayuru is home to one of the oldest Monestry. Local people believe that once upon a time the Lamayuru was a lake that dried up with the time and a beautiful village developed. People from all over the India come to see Lamayuru Monastery and strange landscape moonland. There is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery (Lamayuru) located in Leh district in India. It is located at a height of 3510 meters on the Srinagar-Leh highway, 15 km east of Fotu La. If you are going to Ladakh by Srinagar-Leh highway then you must stop here. Lamayuru Math is associated with the Drikung Kagyu School of Buddhism, one of the oldest and largest monasteries in Ladakh. The history of this monastery dates back to the 11th century when the monk of Buddhist Arhat Madhyantika laid the foundation of the monastery at Lamayuru, which is said to have been the lake earlier. After this, Mahid Naropa from the nearby cave came here to do sadhana and the lake dried up, followed by the establishment of Lamayuru Math.


According to legends, the valley of Lamayuru was a clear lake at the time of Shakyamuni. The lake was the abode of holy serpents. The Bodhisattva Madhyakanta made a prediction that the lake would be emptied and a monastery would be built here. Naropa, a Buddhist scholar, visited Ladakh in the 11th century and spent many years in a cave. Naropa then caused a split in the surrounding hills and due to this, the lake became empty. Subsequently, Naropa finds a dead lion covered with lake water. Naropa built the first temple on this occasion and named it Singhe Ghang (Lion's mound). Another historical account states that the king of Ladakh ordered the construction of Lamayuru in the 10th century and placed it under the supervision of Rinchen Wangbo. The original Gompa had five buildings, although only one central still stands.


Lamayuru organizes two annual festivals - Yuru Kabgyat and Hemis Tsu Chu, in the 2nd and 5th months respectively of the Tibetan lunar calendar. Yuru is usually performed during July or August. It is a two-day extravaganza, celebrated with great enthusiasm and energy. The dancers perform the obligatory performance of Tibetan Buddhist teaching through traditional dance. This festival is also to protect the world from natural disasters and calamities and establish peace. One of the highlights of this festival is the demolition of an idol, which depicts the enemy inside us. Lamayuru's food falls in the same domain as Leh's, with similar elements, effects, and preparations. Therefore, Tibetan cuisine can be found in this region. The most prominent of the dishes available here are Sku, Thukpa, Paava, and Khambir.

Main Attractions:

Moonland: There is a strange landscape moonland near Lamayuru on Leh-Kargil road. It is said to be so fond because the landscape here is said to be like the moon. It has also often been said that on a full moon night, the region is an extraordinary sight to behold, something one does not meet every day, which makes it a must-visit city.

Lamayuru Monastery: Lamayuru Monastery, the main attraction of the Lamayuru region, is located at a distance of about 127 km from Leh. Murals, and pillar paintings depict the Kashmiri style of the Buddhist statue that stands in this monastery. The monastery has also a small temple which is dedicated to Avalokiteshwara, a manifestation of the compassion of all the Buddhas. Two annual mask dance festivals are held at Lamayuru Math, which is one of the best times to visit the place.

Uleytokpo: Known as the Western Base Camp for travelers going to Ladakh, Uleytokpo is the paradise you are looking for before entering Ladakh. It is a delightful place to spend a holiday in a peaceful and peaceful area. Most tourists book their accommodation in hotels here, with Uleytokpo as a base. But Uleytokpo is such that you cannot remove your heart from here. Blessed with scenic beauty and landscapes, which look like an artist's dream, most come to enjoy a week for a busy life, and it's perfect for exactly that.

Wanla Gompa: Wanala is a sub-monastery of Lamayuru that provides a caring monk, responsible for daily rituals and providing access to the temple. The main image has Avalokiteshvara in the 11-major ("Chuchi Gzhel") form.

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