Located 127 km west of Leh, Lamayuru is a small village in the Ladakh region, in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. This village is known for the Kagyupa Monastery, which is believed to be the largest and oldest gompa in Ladakh. Besides being home to the popular monastery, the village also serves as the starting point for the trek between Lamayuru and Alchi.
During ancient times, when the Silk Route was popularly used, Lamayuru was an important site on the trail of Yarkand and Kashgar. It was in the 11th century, when a Buddhist scholar, Naropa established the Lamayuru monastery, that the village gained significance. Today, this monastery, which belongs to the Red-Hat Sect of Buddhism, is resided by around 150 monks.
The main event celebrated in the region is Yangdrung Kabgyat festival, which is held on the 17th and 18th day of the 15th month of the Tibetan calendar, every year. Tourists visiting the village can also visit Wanla Monastery, which is located on the trekking route towards Padum.
Leh Kushok Bakula Rinpoche Airport, one of the highest airports in the world, is the nearest airport that can be used to reach Lamayuru. The airport serves flights from Delhi, Jammu and Srinagar. Located around 270 km away from Lamayuru, Jammu Tawi Railway Station is the nearest station.
Lamayuru is connected to Leh, Kargi and Srinagar by regular government buses. The best time to visit Lamayuru is during the summer months, which extends from April to June.