Tourist Attractions in Spiti
The main tourist attraction in Spiti are the monasteries. The
Dhankar Monastery, Tabo Monastery, Ki Monastery are some of
the famous monasteries which are found in Spiti. The other
places which can be visited in Spiti are Thang Yug Gompa,
Kungri Gompa, Kunzam Pass, Losar, Kaza and Kibber.
Ki Monastery is situated 12 kms. north of Kaza and
serves the western population of Spiti. It is the oldest
and biggest monastery of the valley and located above
Kye village. It houses beautiful scriptures and
paintings of Buddha and other goddesses. Lamas practice
dance, sing and play on pipes and horns. Many Lamas get
religious training here. It has murals and books of high
Thang Yug Gompa is
located 13 kms. above Kaza serving western part of
Situated in a
secluded place in the narrow gauge of Kaza Nallah, it
generally has a Lama from Tibet. Above this there is a long
plateau which leads to Shilla peak.
Kungri Gompa is situated in the Pin valley about 10 kms. from
Attargo where Spiti river has to be crossed to enter Pin
Dhankar Monastery is situated about 25 kms. east of Kaza and
serves eastern part of central Spiti. Dhankar is a big village
and erstwhile capital of Spiti Kingdom. On top of a hill there
is a fort which used to be the prison in olden times. The
Monastery has about 100 Lamas and collection of Buddhist
scriptures in Bhoti language. Principal figure is a Statue of
" Vairochana" (Dhayan Buddha) consisting of 4 complete figures
seated back to back. It has relics in the shape of paintings
Tabo Monastery is another big Gompa serving the population of
eastern side. Tabo monastery, the 1000 year old monastery, is
the Spiti’s most sacred monastery. It belongs to the tenth
century and is located 50 kms. from Kaza. This monastery is a
treasure house of art and was built at the initiative of the
great teacher Rinchen Tsang Po in 996, the Tibetan Year of the
Fire Ape. It is a famous Gompa next to Tholing Gompa in Tibet.
It has about 60 Lamas and a large collection of Scriptures,
wall paintings etc. Murals of this Gompa have a great
similarity to that of the Ajanta paintings.
As Rohtang pass is a gateway to Lahaul so Kunzum pass is
the gateway to Spiti from Kulu and Lahaul. After
crossing Rohtang pass and driving 20 kms, one has to
turn right from Gramphoo. While going to this pass, the
panoramic view of Bara-Sigri glacier (second longest
glacier in the world) is thrilling and inspiring.
There is a temple at the top of this pass dedicated to
Durga. After seeing this pass one can drive to
Batal for a night stay in the Rest House. The view
from the top is breathtaking. On one side is the Spiti valley
and to the other are various Chandra-Bhaga range peaks.
On way back from
Gramphoo one can either return to Manali (71 kms.) or can go
to Leh via Keylong, Darcha, Baralacha la, Sarchu, Tanglang la
by road. From Tandi (8 kms. short of Keylong) one can also
drive to Pangi valley along the Chenab river to Udaipur,
Trilokinath and Tindi and thereafter by trekking to Killar and
from Killar to Chamba or to Kishtwar-Jammu-Delhi.
Losar is situated near the confluence of Losar and Peeno
streams. Losar is the first big village and worth visiting
place. Yak and horse riding are other charms that add to its
beauty and a unique experience.
Kaza is situated about 224 kms. from Manali, 197 kms. from
Keylong and 425 kms. from Shimla. Kaza is a sub-divisional
headquarters of Spiti Valley. It is situated at the foot of
the step ridges on the left bank of Spiti river. Once it was
the headquarters of Nono, the chief of Spiti. It has all
modern facilities and is connected by road with Manali and
Shimla except in the winter months.
Kibber, locally known as Khyipur, is one of the highest
villages in the world at an altitude of 4205 meters above sea
level. This village is situated in a narrow valley surrounded
by mountains from all sides. Gette village, at a short
distance away from Kaza, is the highest in the world with a
height of 4270 m.