Top 5 Monasteries in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is one of the most beautiful States in India, where landscaping knows no bounds. Its geographical diversity ranges from green meadows and pastures to the stark grandeur of Himalayas. The State is endowed with mighty snow-capped peaks, deep gorges, picturesque valleys, flower filled meadows, manoeuvring rivers, glaciers and enchanting lakes. But it is not always the natural beauty that attracts the tourists. Located in the lap of this Himalayan terrain, constructed primarily on bare mountain side, enriched with wealth of Buddhist artefacts, painted murals and elaborate thangkas and covered under the veil of history and ethnicity, Buddhist Monasteries or Gompas deserves a great amount of time and attention. Here are the top 5 places of Himachal Pradesh ornamented with significant Monasteries:

1. Keylong

The town Keylong is the headquarters of the administrative district of Lahual-Spiti. It has a marketplace, petrol pump and basic medical facilities. The region is strange, exiting, primitive mountainous and delightful. Rudyard Kipling said of the region “Surely the God live here, this no place for men”. The route to Keylong takes one over the Rohtang Pass (3980 m), Khoksar – the first village of Lahaul valley, Sissu, Gondla and crossing the river Chandrabhaga (Chenab) at Tandi. Read More>>>

2. Dharamshala

Under British India, the district of Kangra was one of the largest in the country and soon after the end of the Anglo-Sikh Wars in 1852, Dharamshala became its headquarter. Kangra is considerably smaller now, but is still packed with immense natural beauty, several travel destinations, places of pilgrimage and a variety of adventure activities; the district still has its headquarters in Dharamshala. Higher along the same set of hills in McLeodganj which remains in the international limelight as the residence of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Read More>>>

3. Dhanker

Located at an altitude of 3,894 meter, Dhankar is the old capital of Spiti village. Dhang or dang means cliff, and kar or khar means fort. Hence, Dhankar means fort on a cliff. It was the place of the early ruler of Spiti, the Nonos, who has the right to promote the government lands nearby and were necessary to keep the fort in repair. They also used to give justice to the people and were famous for their harsh penalties until the British replaced them. Read More>>>

4. Tabo

Lying on the road connecting Reckong Peo and Kaza, Tabo, also known as Ájanta of the Himalaya’ is a small town of Lahaul and Spiti District. Altitude of this popular tourist destination is 3280 mtr and is located on the banks of River Spiti. Summer season which commences from the month of March and lasts till June is ideal for a trip to this place. During the winter season, it is hard to reach due to the heavy snowfall. Read More>>>

5. Kaza

Kaza, the sub-divisional headquarters of Spiti, is situated on the left bank of the Spiti river. The village is overlooked by steep ridges. Kaza makes an ideal base camp for all treks and tours within the valley. Guides, porters, pack animals and most importantly permits for treks can be obtained in Kaza. Kaza has one of the two Sa-kya-pa sect monasteries. The other monastery is at Hikkim. Read More>>>

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