Key Monastery – Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Tucked away deep inside the heart of Spiti valley in Himachal Pradesh, Key Monastery is undeniably one of the most frequented attractions in Spiti. Perched at a height of 4,166 meters, it can be spotted from Kaza, a town which is about 7 km away. Dating back to the 11th century, Key Gompa is home to many lamas and monks, and home to dazzling mural paintings that illustrate the Buddhist culture. What’s more is that you can also stay in the quarters of the monastery for as low as INR 200 per night! Lodged amidst vast mountain ranges, Key Monastery preserves the charm of bygone ages.

Decidedly the grandest monastery in Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh, Key Monastery is an unmissable destination. Nestled in the Lahaul Spiti district of Himachal, it features architectural brilliance that can traced back to the 11th century. Though the edifice has been rebuilt many times, the beauty and grandeur of the place remains unmarred. Carrying a backdrop of lofty mountain ranges, Key Gompa is a crowned gem of Spiti, and affords unequalled views. Summers are ideal to visit Key Monastery, as the valley goes into hibernation during winters owing to heavy snowfall. You can also opt to stay in the existing chambers of the monastery for minimal prices!

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