Lamayuru is a small village located in Ladakh region of India. It is home to one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh dating as back as 10th century. Local legend is that this place used to be a water body before. The village has around 100 houses scattered around the Lamayuru monastery.
According to legend, there used to be a lake at the place where the monastery stands. It also states that Mahasiddhacharya Naropa, a Buddhist saint, meditated at the site in the 11th century.
The monastery has a small temple dedicated to Avalokiteshwara, the manifestation of the compassion of all Buddhas. Murals, frescoes and column paintings representing the Kashmiri style of Buddhist iconography are the major attractions of this monastery.
An annual festival called Yuru Kabgyat is organised for two days on the 17th and 18th day of the fifth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar. One of the major attractions of the festival is the mask dance performed by the monks of the monastery.
Lamayuru village is located around 125 KM from Leh on Leh - Srinagar Highway. Any vehicle going from Leh to Kargil/ Srinagar will invariably pass through Lamayuru. State transport buses ply from Leh bus stand to Lamayuru at 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM however it is wiser to visit bus stand a day before to confirm the timings.