Lamayuru's Yungdrung Gompa is one of the most photogenic Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh, capping the village's central hill whose eroded slopes are huddled with picturesque homes and pitted with caves.

Behind glass within the gompa’s main prayer hall is a tiny cave in which 11th-century mystic Naropa (AD 1016–1100) meditated. Before that, legend claims, this whole area had been the bottom of a deep lake whose waters receded miraculously thanks to the powerful prayers of Buddhist saint Arahat Nimagung.