Lamayuru Monastery or Yuru Gompa in Kargil (Ladakh)

Lamayuru Monastery or Yuru Gompa Overview

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Lamayuru Monastery, also known as Yuru Gompa, is amongst the biggest and oldest Buddhist shrines in Ladakh. This Kagyupa monastery is situated in Kargil, on the national highway that leads to Leh. Perched atop a big rock, this shrine offers a beautiful view of the Indus River that drains the valley. This monastery was established between 10th and 11th century at the spot where a lake was initially present. After a Lama's blessings, the water from this lake ascended the mountains and the monastery was built at the site. It is also believed that Norapa, a great Tibetan spiritual teacher, meditated at this site for many years.

The architecture of this gompa is similar to other Tibetan Buddhism shrines, which comprise several buildings dedicated to Lord Buddha and other deities. Inside the main hall, visitors can see beautiful thangkas (embroidered silk paintings). Caves and rooms have been formed in the mountains, where Tibetan butter lamps and exquisite carpets are preserved.

Although the monastery was partially damaged in the 19th century, it has some impressive murals that depict an amalgam of Tibetan and Indian arts. At present, it is a monastic home to around 150 Tibetan monks. Every year, during the second Tibetan month, Yuru Gompa organises Yundrung Kabgyad festival.

  • Opening Closing Time 06:00 am – 07:00 pm.

  • Photo Opp

    Overlooking the Indus River and surrounded with beautiful landscape, the Lamayuru Monastery provides ample of vistas to capture through lens.

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Lamayuru, 194106, Jammu and Kashmir