10 Best Monasteries in Lahaul Spiti: Updated 2024

Monasteries in Spiti

1. Key Monastery
2. Tangyud Gompa
3. Tabo Monastery
4. Kungri Gompa
5. Kardang Monastery
6. Lhalung Monastery
7. Tayul Monastery
8. Gemur Monastery
9. Dhankar Monastery
10. Shashur Monastery

Thrillophilia offers a unique opportunity to explore the ancient monasteries in Lahaul and Spiti. These monasteries are places of worship and also have a rich Buddhist history. Some of the famous monasteries that you can include in your travel plan are the Tangyud Monastery and the Kardang Monastery.

One of the highlights of Thrillophilia’s packages is the Tabo Monastery. It is the oldest monastery in the entire Lahaul and Spiti region. Another monastery that is worth visiting is the Key Monastery, which offers stunning views of the Spiti Valley. If you want to explore the unique design and Buddhist artworks, there is no better place than the Kungri Monastery in Pin Valley.

Alongside these, you can see Dhankar Monastery which is located on the edge of a cliff at a height of 3,800 metres. The Tayul Monastery also attracts a large number of visitors towards its 12-foot-tall statue of Padma Sambhava. Whether you love history, nature, or peace, these monasteries in Spiti can fill you with a sense of calm and serenity.

So, stop waiting and get ready to explore the spiritual and cultural essence of the monasteries in Lahaul Spiti with Thrillophilia today!

Here are some of the best monasteries in Lahaul Spiti:

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Key Monastery

It is one of the most popular and the largest monasteries in Lahaul Spiti and is located near the Spiti river. It is situated at a height of 4,166 meters above sea level and displays the excellent architecture of the 11th century. It is also the popular teaching base of Buddhism as around 300 Lamas get religious training here every year.It is around 1000 years old and faced several attacks and natural disasters but got restored by the Archaeological Survey of India and the State Public Works Department.

It is a three-story building with temples, built on top of one another and is beautifully decorated with marvelous paintings, and murals. It is also a treasure trove for all historians and houses heritage collections, including Thangkas, manuscripts, stucco images, wind instruments, and weapons.

Key, Himachal Pradesh 172114.

: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM


Tangyud Gompa

The Tangyud or the Sakya Tangyud Monastery is one of the most sought-after attractions in Komic village, Kaza, Spiti. It is situated at 4520 meters above sea level and is one of the highest monasteries in India. The structure of the building of this monastery is in the form of a fortified castle with mud walls and battlements.

This Tangyud monastery is one of the only two monasteries remaining that belong to the Sakya sect in Spiti. The visit to this monastery is an experience of a lifetime as the sacred and peaceful ambiance with majestic sounds of prayers and chants is overwhelming.

Tangyud, Kaza, Himachal Pradesh 172114.

6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

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Tabo Monastery

It is known as the Ajanta of Himalayas because of its group of caves that have beautiful paintings and scriptures as embellishments. The Tabo monastery is another oldest monastery of India and is a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located at the left bank of the Spiti river and displays a beautiful architecture and history of Buddhism. It is a prominent sacred place for Buddhists and houses 9 beautiful temples with one temple having the holy ‘Wheel of Law’.

A large number of visitors come here to discover more about Buddhism and be part of the famous Chakhar festival which happens once every three years. The early morning (6:00 AM) prayers fill the environment with soothing and positive vibes, and the experience is divine.

Tabo Monastery, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh 172114.

6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

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Kungri Gompa

The Kungri Monastery, the second oldest monastery in Lahaul Spiti Valley, is the only monastery belonging to the Nyingmapa Buddhism. The Nyingmapa is the oldest order of Tibetan Buddhism. This monastery was built in 1330 and presented the strong impact of Tibetian influence on its architecture and design.

It houses several silk paintings, huge sculptures, holy Tibetan texts, Kenjur and Tenjur, etc.which represent the art, culture, and heritage of Tibetian Buddhism. A multitude of Buddhism followers and tourists come here to explore more about Buddhism and participate in the annual traditional ''Devil Dance '' and 'Sword Dance ''.

Kungri Monastery, Pin Valley, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh 172114.

6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

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Kardang Monastery

Kardang Monastery, one of the primeval monasteries in Lahaul Spiti belonging to Drukpa Buddhism, is about 900 years old and is situated on the banks of the Bhaga river. It is about 3500 meters above sea level and attracts visitors from all over the world. The architecture of this monastery is one of its kind and the views of the surroundings are breathtaking.

The building also houses the heritage collections of scriptures, murals, paintings, frescos, old weapons, and instruments, which showcase the culture and history of Buddhism. It also hosts its annual carnival “Chaam Dance” which involves celebrations and dance by monks, dressed in dramatic masks and headgears.

Kardang Monastery, Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh 175140.

6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

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Lhalung Monastery

Lhalung Monastery, also known as the “ Golden Temple” is one of the earliest monasteries in Lahaul Spiti. It lies at an altitude of 3,658 meters above sea level and has many old stories associated with it. There is also a sacred tree near the monastery, which is supposed to be as old as the monastery is and is of great significance for all the locals and Buddhism followers.

According to old and mysterious stories, this 'land of the gods' is blessed by Lhalung Devta and the mountains surrounding the area also change color depending on the moods of the Lhalung Devta. It is one of the mysterious monasteries in India and attracts visitors to learn more about its mysteries, culture, and Buddhism.

Lhalung Monastery, Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh 175140.

6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

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Tayul Monastery

It is the ancient monastery of northern India and is situated at a height of 3900 m above sea level. It lies in the Bhaga Valley of Lahaul and Spiti and has in possession a 12 ft. tall statue of PadmaSambhava. This biggest statue, two manifestations of Singhmukha and Vajravarahi, and 108 main wheels are the main attraction of the Tayul monastery.

It also possesses a huge collection of Buddhist scriptures, Kangyur, and Thangkas, artifacts and murals of the 17th century. Many interesting stories are associated with this beautiful monastery, which got its name Tayul by Lama Serzang Rinchen meaning “a chosen place” in Tibetian language.

Tayul Monastery, Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh 175140.

6:00 AM to 6:00 PM


Gemur Monastery

Gemur is one of the most harmonious monasteries located in Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh and offers a perfect display of Buddhism of the 14th century. Built-in 1330, this monastery’s architecture displays the relics and art of Tibetans and houses the marvelous structures of the goddess 'Marichi' and 'Vajravarahi’. The building is adorned with beautiful paintings, relics, and murals and also houses stuccos and intricate thangkas.

The main building consists of many stupas and prayer rooms and has picturesque hills and manicured gardens in the backdrop. Visitors come here to experience the serene tranquility and enjoy the annual festival 'Devil dance-drama' which takes place in July every year.

Gemur, Lahaul Spiti district, Himachal Pradesh.

6:00 AM to 6:00 PM


Dhankar Monastery

This 16th-century monastery stands at a height of 3800 meters above sea level in the Spiti Valley. The Dhankar monastery is one of the most visited monasteries in Lahaul Spiti for its Buddhist art and culture and exquisite surroundings. It is located on the hilltop and offers enchanting and panoramic views of the Spiti valley.

Also, the monastery has a magnificent statue of Dhayan Buddha, a large silver image of Vajradhara, along with many scriptures, murals, and artifacts belonging to Buddhism. This is one of the most captivating attractions of Spiti Valley and also the photographer's delight because of its religious significance and an awe-inspiring backdrop.

Sichling-Dhankhar Gompa, Dhankhar, Himachal Pradesh 172113.

6:00 AM to 6:00 PM


Shashur Monastery

Shashur monastery is 600 meters above the valley and, got its name for the surrounding beautiful blue pine trees. Though, the construction of this Gompa started in the 16th century but got completed in the 17th century. This monastery belongs to the Gelukpa Buddhism and presents a unique display of beautiful architecture and heritage.

The architecture of the building follows the ancient Mandala concept and the building has the decorations of murals, scriptures and large Thangka paintings, and wall paintings. The annual "Chham Dance '' is another attraction of this monastery apart from being an excellent sacred place for Buddhism followers.

Shashur Monastery, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh 175132.

6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

People Also Ask About Spiti Valley

  1. What are the best monasteries in Spiti?

    • Tangyud Monastery- Tangyud Monastery is a popular spot in Komic Village in Spiti Valley. It is one of the highest monasteries in India, situated at 4,520 metres above sea level. The monastery looks like a castle with mud walls and towers. It is one of only two Sakya sect monasteries in the Lahaul Spiti region. When you visit here, you can enjoy a peaceful experience with the soothing sounds of prayers and chants.
    • Kungri Monastery- Kungri Monastery is the second oldest monastery in Spiti. It is also the only one following Nyingmapa Buddhism in Spiti. Built in 1330, it reflects the strong Tibetan architectural style. Inside, you can see silk paintings, art pieces, and holy texts that show Tibetan Buddhist heritage. Visitors come to this monastery to watch annual traditional dances like the Devil Dance and Sword Dance.
    • Kardang Monastery- Kardang Monastery is among the oldest monasteries in Spiti, dating back about 900 years. It offers stunning views of Himalayan peaks at 3,500 metres above sea level. The monastery displays unique architecture and houses a rich collection of Buddhist scriptures, paintings, and age-old items like horns and flutes. You can also see the annual carnival named Chaam Dance in this monastery.
    • Tayul Monastery- Tayul Monastery is an old monastery in Northern India. Sitting at 3,900 metres above sea level, it is known for its 12-foot-tall statue of Padma Sambhava and two other forms. The monastery also has 108 main wheels and a vast collection of Buddhist scriptures, artefacts and 17th-century murals.
    • Dhankar Monastery- Dhankar Monastery is well-known for its Buddhist art, culture and stunning views. Located on a hilltop, it overlooks the scenic Spiti Valley. The monastery has a beautiful statue of Dhayan Buddha, a silver image of Vajradhara, and various Buddhist scriptures and murals.
  2. Which is the largest monastery in Spiti?

    Key Monastery or Key Gompa is one of the largest monasteries in Lahaul and Spiti. It is located near the Spiti River at 4,166 metres above sea level. This monastery has layered temples decorated with beautiful paintings and old artefacts. More than 300 Lamas receive religious training every year in this monastery. Thus, it is an important place for learning about Buddhism.
  3. Which is the oldest monastery in Spiti?

    Tabo Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Spiti and the Himalayas. It was built about 1,000 years ago in 996 CE. This monastery in Tabo Village is 10,000 feet high and has three floors. Also known as the Ajanta of the Himalayas, it has caves with beautiful paintings where monks come to relax and meditate. There are 9 temples inside the monastery, with one of them having the holy “Wheel of Law”, a Buddhist religious symbol.
  4. What is the best time to visit the Spiti monasteries?

    The best time to visit the monasteries in Spiti is during the summer season, from March to June. During this time, the temperature ranges between 0 to 15 degrees Celsius around the region. It is the perfect time to visit these places of worship if you are looking forward to relaxing, exploring, and meditating in these monasteries. You can also admire the history, culture and religious sentiments of Lahaul Spiti by taking a tour of these monasteries.
  5. Are there any entry fees for visiting the Spiti monasteries?

    No, there is no entry fee to visit the monasteries in Spiti, like Tabo Monastery and Key Monastery. Since they are spiritual and religious places, they do not charge anything from the visitors. However, you can give donations to these monasteries as per your choice.
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