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Monastery in Spiti | History & Route, Best Time & Travel Guides

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The beauty of Spiti is in its monasteries. Spiti is also known as the land of monasteries and a visit to any of these monasteries is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Admire the idols of these serene monasteries in Spiti valley and soak yourself in the calming experience that you will experience only in Spiti, amongst its monasteries. 

Let’s explore monasteries in Spiti valley, their history, and the best time to travel; a comprehensive monastery in Spiti valley guide! 

  1. Dhankar Monastery: 

The Dhankar Monastery is also referred to as Drangkhar, Dhangkar Gompa, or Dhankhar. It is situated in the district of Lahaul and Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 12,774 feet. The monastery is located on the breathtaking edge of a cliff and offers a panoramic view of Spiti Valley. The monastery was built one thousand years ago on a 1000 feet high mountain, overlooking the confluence of the Pin and Spiti rivers. It’s one of the world’s 100 most endangered monuments. 

Best Time to Travel: May to July is the best time to travel to Dhankar Monastery. 

  1. Tabo Monastery: 

The Tabo Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries at a dizzying height of 10,000 feet in the Tabo Village of Spiti Valley. It is also the oldest monastery in India that has been functioning since the time of its establishment. The Tabo Monastery is famously called the ‘Ajanta of Himalayas’ because the walls of this monastery are adorned with murals and ancient paintings just like the Ajanta Caves in Maharashtra. 

Best Time to Travel: October to February is the best time to travel to Tabo Monastery.

  1. Key Monastery in Spiti Valley: 

The Key Monastery is one of the most famous Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the Spiti valley district of India. It is located at an altitude of 4,166 meters above sea level and is close to the Spiti River as well. Also referred to as the Kye Monastery and Ki Monastery, history states that Dromt, a student of Atisha in the 11th century, founded the monastery. 

Best Time to Travel: Best time for traveling to Key Monastery is during summer, from May to October.

  1. Gandhola Monastery: 

Lovingly known as the Guru Ghantal Gompa, the Gandhola Monastery is located about 20 kilometers from Keylong in the Spiti Valley district of Himachal Pradesh. Located on the serene Tupchiling Village hilltop, right at the confluence of rivers Bagha and Chandra, this is the oldest monastery in the Lahaul region. It was founded by Padma Sambhava approximately 800 years ago and is famous for its distinct wooden idols that look much different from clay ones found in other monasteries. 

Best Time to Travel: May to October is the best time to visit Gandhola Monastery

  1. Kardang Monastery in Spiti Valley: 

The Kardang Monastery in Spiti Valley is one of the most popular gompas, located in Kardang village on the banks of river Bhaga. This monastery is situated at an altitude of 3500 meters on a ridge below the Rangcha peak. As for its history, the monastery has been an important center for Buddhist culture for 900 years. Kardang monastery is renowned for its architecture, religious importance, and breathtaking collection of paintings, instruments, and murals. 

Best Time to Travel: May to early November is the best time to visit the Kardang Monastery.

We are glad to have given you a comprehensive list of monasteries you must visit in Spiti valley. A monastery tour is all you need to uplift your spirits in the most calming and serene way ever! Seize a trip to Spiti valley and reconnect with your inner self by giving these monasteries a visit. 

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