This is the oldest Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. It is situated is situated in Ladakh, in between Bodhkharbu and Kha-la-che, on a steep rock mountain at a height of 3510 metres and about is 127 Kms from Leh. Lamayuru Monastery belongs to the Red-Hat sect of Buddhism and houses approximately 150 Buddhist monks. The monastery is made up of a number of shrines and also has a very rich collection of thankas and magnificent wall paintings. At the outset, the Lamayuru Monastery consisted of five buildings, out of which only the central one exists today. The landscape here resembles a moonland like terrain and has led to a spurt in camps and road trips conducted in this region.
It is believed that the present day Lamayuru region was once a lake-filled valley, which was magically dried up by renowned Buddhist yogi Mahasiddha Naropa. Later, the valley was covered in rocks and Mahasiddha Naropa then went on to establish the Lamayuru monastery.
Things to see and do :
Lamayuru Gompa: Is one of the largest monasteries in Ladakh and is home to 150 plus monks.
Senge-Sgang temple is the oldest surviving monument in Lamayuru.
The Diskit monastery in the Diskit village of Nubra valley is a 14th century structure and is considered to be the oldest monastery in the Nubra valley. Diskit's climatic condition has proved conducive for lush vegetation in the valley, which has earned it the title of "Orchard of Ladakh". It is situated at an altitude of 10,310 ft above sea level, at the edge of desert on Shyok valley. The monastery constructed in Tibetan style and boasts of murals and frescos.
The gompa roof offers panoramic views of Nubra Valley. The monastery houses about 100 monks. The prayer hall of the monastery has a statue of Maitreya Buddha and several images of fierce guardian deities. There is a huge 106 ft tall statue of Maitreya Buddha in the prayer hall of the monastery. There is also a 32 metre high statue of golden Buddha out in the open just opposite the monastery on another hill. The double-humped Bactrian camel are also another attraction.