Lamayuru was founded in the 11th century by Mahasiddacarya Naropa. Lamayuru has the appearance of a cave monastery with moonlike landscape. Lamayuru consisting of 5 buildings, the structure is in ruins today.
Lamayuru monastery is situated at a distance of 127 KM from Leh at a height of 3,510 meters. Lamayuru can easily be covered in a day return trip from Leh. Lamayuru is known for its monastery, and for its "lunar" landscape - quaintly promoted as a "Moonscape" for tourists.
Accommodation at the Singay house consists of 3 double standard rooms, and 2 double deluxe rooms. Each room has ensuite bathroom with shower and hot water. The rooms are situated on two levels and command spectacular views of Lamayuru monastery, and on the southern horizon the famous moonland.
In addition there is a large restaurant which serves a full range of Continental and Asian cuisines, as well as traditional Ladakhi food made from fresh organic ingredients. Above the restaurant there is a large terrace where you can enjoy the sunshine and views and try one of the large range of special herbal teas from the restaurant. There is also a large spacious room, with wooden polished floor and traditional Ladakhi and Tibetan decor; this room would be ideal for meditation or yoga sessions. Singay house house is run by a Ladakhi family and they will try their best to make you feel at home during your stay in majectic moonland..
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 plays host to two annual festivals- Yuru Kab-gyat and Hemis Tse Chu- in the 2nd and 5th month of the Tibetan lunar calendar. Hemis Tse Chu is a two day long festival and the biggest monastic festival in Ladakh. Dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tantric Buddhism, this festival aims at taming, conversion and integration of Bon-PO gods and demons in Buddhist temples as guardian divinities. The second festival is Yuru Kab-gyat, which is a two day extravaganza of sacred dances and rituals performed by the holy monks. They wear masks and represents guardian divinities.
Leh, Jammu and Kashmir, Indland