Tourist Attractions in Lahaul
The main tourist attractions in Lahaul are the Khardong and
Shashur Monastery. The other places in Lahaul are Gondla,
Tandi, Guru Ghantal Monastery, Keylong, Tayul Gompa, Sissu,
Koksar, Jispa, Gemur, Darcha, Baralacha La pass, Sarchu,
Shansha, Triloknath Temple and Udaipur.
Gondla is 18 kms. from Keylong on the right bank of
Chandra river. The location of royal houses of the
village is interesting. In the month of July a fair is
held when Lamas dance and enjoy. The Gompa of this
village has historical significance and the fair
attracts a large number of visitors. The residence of
the Thakur of Gondla is an eight storey building of its
own kind in the entire Lahaul valley. It is worth a
visit. This is called Gondla castle or fort and was
built in 1700 AD.
Tandi is 8 kms. short of Keylong and is situated at the
confluence of Chandra and Bhaga rivers. A legend says that
there were two lovers, Chandra being the daughter of the Moon
and Bhaga the son of the Sun god. To perform there eternal
marriage, they decided to climb to the Baralacha La and from
there they ran in opposite directions. Chandra being active
and smart easily found her way and reached Tandi after
covering the distance of 115 kms. Soon Bhaga was found coming
with great struggle through the narrow gorges to Tandi where
consequently both met and the celestial marriage was
performed. Bhaga covered about 60 kms. distance which was very
Guru Ghantal Monastery
The Guru Ghantal Monastery is situated on the right bank of
Chandra river about 4 kms. above Tandi and is believed to be
the oldest Gompa of Lahaul having wooden structure with
pyramidal roofs, wood carving and preserving the idols of
Padmasambhava abd Brajeshwari Devi. On the full moon night in
mid-June a festival called "Ghantal" is celebrated by Lamas
and Thakurs together.
Keylong is the district Headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti on
the main road to Leh over Rohtang. It is an oasis of green
fields and willow trees, water streams surrounded with brown
hills and snow capped peaks. There are hotels, tourist
bungalows and rest houses to stay.
Khardong Monastery is situated about 5 kms. from Keylong
across Bhaga river. Khardong village was once the capital of
Lahaul. Khardong is the largest monastery in Lahaul and
located across the valley from Shashur. It is believed to be
built in 12th century. The Monastery has a large library of
Kangyur and Tangyur volumes of Buddhist scriptures in Bhoti.
It is known for its huge barrel sized prayer drums, musical
instruments, ancient weapons and large life sized images of
Sissu is situated on Keylong-Koksar road over 30 kms.
from Keylong. There is a big waterfall here. This is the
seat of God Geypan, who is worshipped in the entire
Koksar is situated about 21 kms. beyond Rohtang pass in
Lahaul and is the coldest place in Lahaul.
Jispa is 20 kms from Keylong on the bank of Bhaga river
having a rest house and
hut. There is a big camping ground. Sufficient trout fish is
available in the river.
Gemur is 18 kms. from Keylong in Bhaga valley where devil
dance is held during July in the Local Gompa. The place is
situated on Manali-Leh highway.
Darcha is 24 kms. from Keylong on Leh road where a camping
ground is available. From Darcha trekkers start their trek to
Padem, via Shingola as well as Baralacha/Phirtsela. There is a
police check-post for assistance. Beyond this point there are
hardly any trees. Yotche and Zanskar Nallahs meet Bhaga river
here from different directions.
Baralacha La pass is about 73 kms. from Keylong on Manali Leh
road. The name means pass with cross roads on summit (roads
from Ladakh, Spiti and Lahaul join at the top). There is no
road yet from Spiti. Only a path exists. This is also the
point of origin of Chandra, Bhaga and Yunam rivers. They flow
to three different directions through the Chandra, Bhaga and
Shansha is situated on the right bank of river Chandra-Bhaga (Chenab)
at a distance of 27 kms. from Keylong on Udaipur road. The
Geypan, a powerful deity of Lahaul is believed to be born
here. A shrine dedicated to the deity has also been built in
Sarchu is the last border point between Himachal and
Ladakh. It is situated at a distance of 116 kms. from
Trilokinath means the Shiva. The Triloknath Temple is
situated in the village which is about 4 kms. short of
Udaipur on the left bank of Chenab river. Devotees from
far off places come to pay their respects at this unique
temple. This Shiva temple was given a look of Buddhist
shrine by Guru Padmasambhava by installing the 6 armed
image of Avalokiteshvar. It is now sacred
Hindus and Buddhists alike and attracts many pilgrims from
both these communities. In August, a big festival named Pauri
is held for three days when people including the sadhus and
followers of various religious sects gather to receive the
blessings of Lord Trilokinath.
In olden times, the Udaipur village was known as Markul and so
the name of local goddess is Markula Devi. The temple here is
unique and famous for its wooden carving on its roof and
ceiling. Its name was changed by Raja Udai Singh of Chamba.
This place is situated near the confluence of Chenab and Mayar
Nallah. This place is therefore a starting point for Mayar
valley and further on to Zanskar and other peaks. This is a
green area rather the whole Chenab valley is greener than the