Lahaul and Spiti Information
The lahaul and spiti district adjoining Ladakh is an entirely different world snow bound and isolated from the outside world for over 9 months in a year. The inhospitable terrain full of glaciers and high altitude lakes is endowed with aweininspiring beauty. Buddhism was introduced here in 7th century and the people of the region have preserved their unique culture and heritage. The district is dotted with over 53 monasteries, which are not merely the seats of religion but the founts of power and repositories of art and religious manuscripts. The main towns of the district are Kyelang and Kaza.
This lush oasis amidst snow-clad mountains is the headquarters of Lahaul Spit district. It lies on the main road to Leh over Rohtang Pass at an altitude of 3340 metres. It is known for the three gompas Kardang Gompa (5 km), Shashur Gompa (3 Km) and Tayul Gompa (3km). <
Kyelang Tour Information
Tandi (8 km)
This ancient village on the confluence of Chandra and Bhaga rivers is associated with several myths and legends. It is said that Chandra, the dauthter of Moon and Bhaga, the son of Sun married here. The Guru Ghantal Monastery, 4km from Tandi is said to be the oldest Gompa of Lahaul. The monastery with pyramidal roof and exquisite carvings has idols of Padmasambhava and Brajeshwari Devi. The /Ghantal’ festival is celebrated here on the full moon night in mid-June.
The historical village on the right bank of Chandra river is famous for its unique eight storied castle of the Thakur of Gondla. The fair held in the month of July at the local monastery attracts a large number of visitors.
It is located on the confluence of Chenab and Mayar Nallah and is known for the intricately carved shrine of goddess Markula Devi, dating back to 10th 11th century.
Triloknath Temple (4km)
This famous shrine of Shiva as Triloknath, the Lord of the three worlds lies in a village on the banks of Chenab River. It also has a six armed image of Avalokiteshvara installed by Guru Padmasambhava and is sacred to Hindu as well as Buddhists.
Kaza, the headquarters of Spiti valley nestles at a height of 3,800 metres on the left bank of Spiti River about 197km from Keylong. It serves as a base for visiting the nearby monasteries.
Kaza Tour Information
Kye (Ki) Monastery (12km)
Kye, the oldest and biggest monastery of Spiti valley is set in a picture postcard setting. It houses rare ‘thangka’ paintings, ancient musical instruments and manuscripts.
Kibber ( 8 km)
Kye village is preached at a height of 4205 metres and is perhaps the highest settlement in the world with a motor able road and electricity.
Tabo Monastery (50km)
This famous gompa was founded in 996 Ad and is regarded as the ‘Ajanta of Himalayas’, due to its exquisite wall paintings and stucco statues. It is the second most important gompa after the Tholing Gompa in Tibet and has been declared as a ‘World Heritage Site’ by the UNESCO. This large monastic complex has nine temples, 23 ‘chorten’ a monks’ chamber and a nuns’ chamber besides several caves and contemporary structures. It houses a large collection of scriptures, wall paintings and murals.