Lamayuru, a small village a few hours from the capital of Leh, and is home to is the oldest monastery in Ladakh, perched at 3500m overlooking the surrounding monochromatic landscape. An annual masked dance festival is held at the monastery when monks from the surrounding gompas gather to mediate in the early hours and play out the traditional dances over three days, while villagers patiently observe the spectacle from the sidelines. 

©Jacinta van Lint 2014