Shyok valley is beautiful. Not so touristy like Nubra may be. But Its vibrant since the good old Silk Route days. Name of the river Shyok comes from the word (death ) signifies the underlined history behind this valley.
Breathtakingly beautiful, this valley connects Nubra with Pangong Lake directly with a not so bad road and this route is very popular among tourists to cut short a day on their itinerary, otherwise, tourist has to go back to Leh via Changla/Khardungla Pass twice while covering Pangong/Nubra. One can complete the triangle Leh-Nubra-Pangong-Leh easily. better to avoid this route during Monsoon/Flood during July end/Mid August.
Lamayuru is not about old Monastery, simple village life and peaceful trekking destination. Its also known for its Moon like landscape similar to Lunar Terrain.
That way, Lamayuru is unique on Earth and easily accessible being located just 100 kms away from Leh on the Leh-Kargil Highway.
Lamayuru , a sleepy village famous for its old monastery is located at a distance of about 130 Km from Leh city at a height of 3,510 meters.
Travel Note :
Altitude wise, this place is 500-600 ft below Leh, the main city and hence good for much needed acclimatization. This place is endowed with Moonland and Monasteries (one at Alchi another at Lamayuru itself). Shadow and light play hide and seek here throughout the day. If you stay overnight , you can appreciate the beauty in a better way. Don’t miss the moonland. See the picture of moonland below:
On the way, while you reach Lamayuru you will cross
beautiful confluence point of rivers Indus and Zanskar near Nimmu Valley (ignore the watermark) as seen above
– Travelled on 4 June, 2017
Day Three of our Ladakh Trip – We went to Lamayuru, a small village located on the Leh Kargil Highway. Stayed there overnight. While returning from this oldest and largest existing gompa of Ladakh, we bumped into Alchi Choskor Monastery.
As we were busy shopping around the place dotted with gift and souvenir shops, I found this little, innocent girl probably looking at her mother, who was busy running her souvenir shop. I loved the way she was looking at her elders – original and candid.