Key Monastery in Spiti

Key Monastery In Spiti

Key Monastery, a blend of serenity and beauty
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About Key Monastery in Spiti

The Key Monastery is one of the most famous Buddhist monastery in the Lahaul and Spiti District of India and has Tibetan roots. Located at an altitude of about 13,667 feet above the sea level, the monastery is very close to the Spiti River of Himachal Pradesh in India. Also known as the Key Monastery, it was founded by Dromton, who was a student of the famous teacher Atisha in the 11th century.

The Key Monastery is over a thousand years old, and apart from being the oldest, it is also the largest monastery which one can find in the entire Spiti Valley. The magnificent monastery is also a religious training centre for the Lamas, and about 300 lamas receive their education from here. It has a long and quite fascinating history that is attached to it: a long history that involves numerous attacks that the place had to face. Nevertheless, the monastery survived and celebrated the completion of its thousand years in the year 2000 in the presence of Dalai Lama.

Today, the Key Monastery is visited not only by locals but also by tourists from all parts of the country who come looking for it in order to seek calmness, silence and inner tranquillity.

The walls of the monastery are decorated with beautiful murals and paintings. The temples in the compound are all built on top of one another, and the building is marked by narrow corridors that lead to low rooms. The monastery has three floors in all. The first floor, which is used for storage, is mostly underground. The ground floor of the monastery houses the Assembly Hall which is beautifully decorated and also has cells that have been constructed especially for the monks.

One particular room that never fails to capture the attention of the tourists is known as Tangyur, which is a room that is richly painted with murals. The monastery which has an architecture influenced by chinese culture is famous for its style of architecture known as Pasada.


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      driver best.. rafting excellent. snow games not up to the mark.rooms in Shimla with food was good.though room was good at Manali food was not up to the mark.At Chandigarh both room n food was not good.Rohtang pass was closed. spiti lahaul though mentioned in itinerary was not covered. Too many tightly packed schedule so could not explore all like scandal point club house etc.
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      Dhanya Rajan

      Thiruvananthapuram 2 days ago

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      Best experience with tanish tours. Very helpful and reasonable. Even we got the late nyt dinner at hotel when v arrived there. Driver mandeep also drove very safely.
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      Gungeet Kaur

      Ludhiana a month ago

    • Trip to Spiti

      I had booked a trip to do the tribal circuit in Himachal comprising of Kinnaur/Spiti/Lahaul from Prince Tour and Travels towards 2nd week of September (nearly end Season). And I have a lovely memory of the entire journey. Also I must say that not only they are very wonderful people, but they understand the spirit of the a traveller. It has been a memorable experience with them. Special thanks to their head Mr. Sharma Ji, and Deepika for taking care of us. For fellow travellers, I have a suggestion, please travel in this circuit with atleast 2 weeks of holidays at your hand. - Waking up at Karcham Village's hotel (Rupin Resort) and the view from there was amazing. - Chitkul is yet another amazing spot - Trekking to view key monaestry from a distant spot (Recommended for photographers) - Lakes in the route is not to be forgotten. All of them are beauty in themselves - Kaza monastery morning prayer (8:00AM) try not to miss it!!! - The Grand Statue of Buddha at Lanza village, kibber village is an asset in itself - Chandratal camps
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      Soni Kumari

      Mumbai 2 months ago

    • Trip to Spiti

      Very good and prompt service. Hotels were OK but few of them were good. Driver was knowledgeable and courteous. Overall very good experience.
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      Nikbit

      Shimla 2 months ago

    • Trip to Spiti

      It was very good experience to visit the remote valley of Himachal which basically is hidden Himalayas The arrangements was above expectation. Driver provided was very supportive and perfect in his driving skills. As the roads are quite dangerous without any support on the edges but he drove like he use to travel on this route perfect driving i must say. Our Agent The Roomie was very quick in response. We came from Malaysia Specially for this trip it was awesome. I would like to mention the names of Mr Lav, Mr Rohit, Mr Akash whom i met in there office on the way. Roomie guys are very professional . In the end i want to Thank Travel Triangle for providing us such a good agent and providing us this kind of service Thanks will plan more trips with you Guys
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      Gagu

      Chandigarh 2 months ago

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      Travel triangle is a well known travel agency for customising the tour the way we want . we all satisfied with their service and hope to get more and more packages with them. The lahaul spiti 13 days tour in month of September was tremendous wonderful memory and fabulous destination with natural beauty. The owner of the prince N travel Mr And Mrs. Sharma are very caring couple and their resort at Maldera Named Pawana Resort is excellent and full of scenery . Our Lahaul spiti tour was customised by Miss Deepika Bhardwaj so we all are very thankful to her . The hotel and food provided by tour organiser was excellent . the team of prince N travel is really advisable those who want to explore beauty of lahaul spiti the place is like heaven on the earth . we all enjoyed every destination . the spiti valley is better than leh ladakh . Those who are interested to visit lahaul spiti can contact Mr. Sharma cell no. 08628822779. and Mrs. Sharma cell no. 09857917010 . Miss . Deepika Bhardwaj cell no. 09218000996.
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      Kamblishubha

      Mumbai 2 months ago

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      Hotel and Manali was very good, but cab service was very bad. Driver didn't knew the path 3 times he took wrong route and delayed our journey. While returning for 7 hours constantly we requested driver to switch on AC but he ignored our request, at the end a heated argument let him switch on AC.
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      Antariksh Karmakar

      Kolkata 2 months ago

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      visited spiti last week, all the arrangements was superb, car driver rattan lal was very experienced, so we executed our trip as per our plannings, agent was cooperative, they negotiated most of our demands, food was too good, over all one more feather in the nest...spiti rocks. www.facebook.com/arijit.sen.in/albums/thecallofspiti
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      Arijit Sen Sen

      Mumbai 2 months ago

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      As much as I would recommend Tanish Travels, I would request them to kindly consider looking for an alternate driver (Dharampal). The driver was bad, but to be honest the kind of effort which Mr. Bunty & Mr. Thakur (From Tanish Travels) had put in to ensure our trip was comfortable has to be commended. They in fact went an extra mile to get us a better hotel in Manali, which was clean, big and closer to City Center. I would anyday vouch and recommend people to choose Tanish Travels.
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      Ajay Induchudan

      Chennai 2 months ago

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      Mr Thakur who was co-ordinating with us was wise and guiding us through out the trip. He also helped us getting back and made arrangements for our stay at the last minute due to sudden landslide in Manali All the hotels that he had booked were fantastic with awesome view.
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      Ashwini Shenoy

      Mumbai 2 months ago

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    The distance between Key monastery and Shimla railway station is almost 437 kilometers. One can take a bus or cab to Kaza, which is about 12 kilometers from Key Monastery

    Entry to the Key Monastery is free of cost. Tourists should not give money to individuals asking for it as entrance fees.

    There is no dearth of places to visit near Key Monastery, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Famous attractions like Chandratal lake, Kunzum pass, Suraj tal lake and many more places attract a large number of tourists throughout the year, from all over the nation.

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