Perched on a terrain said to resemble that on the moon, the 11th-century Lamayuru monastery is one of Ladakh’s oldest and least visited monasteries. A repository of ancient Tibetan heritage, its bright ornamented interiors are a stark contrast to the bland palette of it surrounding landscape, shaped over 45 million years ago. The geological features and terrain of this arid region has earned it the tag of being India’s moonscape. Lamayuru literally means eternal and is home to 150 monks who greet you with their warm smile and the universal Ladakhi greeting, “Juley.”
Kounteya Sinha is a mountaineer, explorer and an urban nomad with a compulsive knack of running away from home since the age of five. After being a journalist for 16 years, his latest medium of storytelling is through images that he says nourishes his soul.