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Best Places to Visit in Keylong in 2019

  • Keylong along the highway of Manali and Leh and located in the scenic state of Himachal Pradesh. It is also well known for its rich Buddhist heritage. The Kardang Monastery which is the largest and the most religiously significant monastery in Lahaul is situated in Keylong. Categorised into the Drukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, the monastery is an important tourist destination for heritage lovers and students studying Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism. Kardang, Shakur and Tayul are some of the important monasteries that are visited by tourists here.

    Local communities have preserved their traditions over the course of many years and it is evident when one witnesses the colourful Lahaul Festival which is celebrated in Keylong every July and attracts a number of tourists from all over the world. Tourism is one of the major contributors to the economy of Keylong. The city is the headquarters of the Lahaul and Spiti district and houses some of the most important government offices.

    Keylong is well connected by roads to other cities such as Manali through the Manali Leh Highway. The National Highway 21 connects Keylong to important cities within the state. Keylong is situated at an elevation of 10,100 feet and experiences heavy snowfall during the winters. However, due to heavy snowfall, the Rohtang Pass gets clogged and gaining entry into the city gets difficult. To solve this problem, the Rohtang Tunnel was built.

    The nearest airport is Bhuntar which is situated at a distance of 50 km from Manali. The nearest railhead is the Joginder Nagar railway station which is situated at a distance of 165 km from the city. There are regular buses to Manali from Delhi and Shimla.

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    Kyelong or Kyelang are the other names of a renowned tourist destination in Lahaul Spiti District that is Keylon. Tourists going to Ladakh region will come across Keylong, the administrative centre of Lahaul and Spiti District. From Manali, Keylong is 126 kms away. Along the Manali-Leh Highway around 7 kms north-east of the intersection of Chandra Valley, the Chenab Valley and the Bhaga Valley, this beautiful place is situated. Keylong is sprawling calmly on the banks of relishing Bhaga River.

    Kardang Monastery, the famous monastery in the region is the main attraction of Keylong. The monastery is run by the Drukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Shasur and Tayul Monasteries are the other major places to visit within one kilometer distance from Keylong. On prior arrangements, tourists are taken to a small temple in the house of Sri Nawang Dojre dedicated to the local deity named Kelang Wazir.

    Height: Keylong is located at a height of 3080 meters above the sea level.

    Location: Keylong is at a place 126 kms north of Manali. From Manali, you can board a bus and a drive of 4 to 10 hours will take you to Keylong, depending upon the condition of the road. Post crossing Rohtang Pass en route, you have to descend the same distance you ascend from Manali and the first village seen is Gramphu and from there, continue to reach Sissu. Proceed to Tandi and finally you will reach Keylong. Experienced travelers advise that it is better to cross Rohtang Pass before 08:00 am.

    Best time to visit: The ideal time to reach Keylong is between May and June. From October end to mid-May the access to Keylong and Rohtang Pass would be blocked due to heavy snowfall.