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"The journey from Kargil to Lamayuru was on an otherwise empty bus going to collect a party of walkers left at 5am. We had stayed awake most of the night to ensure we did not miss it, so we were glad when it left on time.

It was to take us again through some magnificent mountain scenery, including going over the highest pass on the trip at 13,480ft, then dropping down to reach Lamayuru a few miles further on by about 10am. The monastery, a romantic sight perched on a rock above a small green valley, against a backdrop of barron but beautiful mountains.

As we left the bus we noticed a small group of monks on the roadside loading up two cars. We had heard that the Dalai Lama was in the area and here he was, we could not believe our luck. We could not think what to say so just took a photo and then the cars drove off.

We spent the day looking round the monastery, the highest and oldest in Ladakh. Built about 1200AD its inside walls covered with paintings and brightly coloured timber, there were only two other visitors and we were made welcome by the monks who seemed pleased to have us look around." - MH

Lamayuru Monastery, Ladakh, 1980

  • All items are produced from original paintings by Martyn Hanks.

    Prints: Size is A4 (8.27" x 11.69"/210 x 297mm). Printed onto high quality 245gsm fine art watercolour paper to give the print an authentic look and feel. Supplied in a textured off white mount size 12" x 16" (305 x 406mm), backed and sealed in a clear cellophane wrap and delivered in a protective carton to ensure it reaches you in perfect condition.

    Cards: Size 7" X 5"/178 x 127mm. Packaged in a clear cellophane wrap with a top quality 150gsm self-seal white envelope.

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