Visit Lamayuru and Alchi. Drive to Leh 127 Km (6 Hours)
You will Visit lamayuru and then alchi and Drop to Leh. In the late evening you will arrive at leh. Overnight in the Hotel. LAMAYURU GOMPA The monastery was originally founded by the famous Indian scholar, Naropa (956-1041 AD). Allegedly, he caused a lake to dry up which had previously filled the valley. However, the oldest surviving building at Lamayuru is a temple called Seng-ge-sgang which is attributed to the famous monk-builder, RinchenZangpo. During the time when General Zorawar Singh, invaded Ladakh from Kashmir, the monks smuggled all the valuable works of art out of the monastery and hid them in the mountains until the invaders went back to Kashmir. They then brought them back to the monastery and are there to this day. Lamayuru belongs to the Red Hat Sect of Buddhism, and in the past housed up to 400 lamas. Today there are about 50 lamas living here. In the 16th century Ladakh's king, JamyangNamgyal, was cured of leprosy by a lama from Tibet. In gratitude, the king gave the gompa to this lama and also bestowed other privileges. No taxes were to be collected, and the area surrounding the monastery was declared a sanctuary where no-one could be arrested. This is why today Ladakh still refers to Lamayuru as Tharpa Ling, "the place of freedom".
ALCHI The temples here are among the most important in the whole of Ladakh. They were built by the great translator, RinchenZangpo (958-1055 AD). The wall paintings are some of the oldest surviving in Ladakh, and it also has some massive statues of Buddha, which show Kashmiri influence in their artistic style. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is quite fantastic to think that these incredible temples have survived a thousand years and escaped destruction by ravaging armies and the occasional Himalayan earthquake.