Delightful little Lamayuru

Trip Start Aug 27, 2011
Trip End Jun 01, 2012

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Flag of India  , Jammu and Kashmir,
Sunday, June 10, 2012

Lamayuru, Ladakh, India - The road to Lamayuru from Kargil was less dramatic. We stopped for some morning Chai and after 4 hours, we stopped on the lower road of Lamayuru. An old man met us at the back of the bus while I reclaimed our bags and he escorted us to his guesthouse, located on the side of a hill. The room was awesome, a panoramic view of cute little Lamayuru. There was no hot shower, but the owner provided two buckets of hot water. We were grateful to be off the road, enjoying cooked food at other cafes and exploring the small village.

Set among dramatic mountain-backed moonscape bedlands, delightful little Lamayuru is one of Ladakh's most memorable villages. Homes huddle around a crumbling hilltop that's pitted with caves and topped by the very photogenic Yungdrung Gompa. Legend claims the whole area of Lamayuru was the bottom of a deep lake whose waters receded miraculously thanks to the powerful prayers of Buddhist saint Arahat Nimagung.

The village is also the perfect place to start a trek. We met two very tall Swiss guys who were planning on a 20 day hike. A very long hike and in the very cold temperature of Lamayuru, they were wearing shorts!! We wished them luck, and seeing as the conversation turned to 'Into the Wild' we recommended eating nothing from the countryside. They planned to spend each night in smaller towns and villages. We also got chatting to a lady from New Zealand as well, and she joined us in taking pictures of the little village from a vantage point.

In comparison to Srinagar and Kargil, Lamayuru was so very peaceful and so very laid back as well.

We only stayed in Lamayuru for one night, we woke early next day to eat breakfast and catch a bus to Alchi. We met the NZ girl again and instead of catching a bus, we forced our way onto a bus. They refused to let us on saying it was full, but local Indian people were boarding the bus, so with all our bags in toe, we stepped on and after a few minutes, we were able to put our bags on the roof while the bus delivered supplies to a building site.

Sadly, even though we paid for a fare to Alchi, and stressed we needed to be dropped off at the Alchi bridge, the conductor forgot. Anyway, we got a half price ride to Leh instead.

Next stop, Leh.

Thanks again to Sonja for sharing some of her pictures on this blog.

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