Best Places to Visit in Kaza

Key | Komic | Tangyud | Dhankar | Chandrataal


The town of Kaza (Kaja) is the home for travelers looking for peace and solitude in the remote Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh, so what are the best places to visit in Kaza?

Situated in the western Himalayas in the Lahaul and Spiti region of the northern Indian province. The capital of Spiti, Kaza is a perfect platform for excursions to spectacular Ki Gompa and fascinating high-altitude villages including Hikkim, Langza and Komic. Kaza is encircled by high mountains, perfectly clear rivers and desolate landscapes blended with palaces, religious communities, gompas, and other chronicled structures.

Regarded as one of the coldest areas of India, the temperature and varies greatly in each part of the month through-out the year. The coldest month of the year is January, where the average temperature drops below -20°Celsius. Likewise the hottest parts of the year are the months of June & July where the temperature rises to 15°Celsius (Accuweather)

Key Highlights

Kaza is a well-known tourist place in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is separated into two zones the old Kaza or Kaza Khas and the new Kaza or Kaza Soma.  Vacationers from all through the world visit this staggering destination to get a brief look at the delightful mountain landscapes and unblemished local people that likewise offer extreme adventure activities, for example, hiking, rock climbing, and so on.

Best Places to Visit in Kaza

The wide territories framed by the Spiti stream bed, snow-topped pinnacles holding back to be summited, profound canyons, customary villages, antiquated Buddhist religious communities and their celebrations, trekking courses – you can’t turn out badly here. It is really a miracle on this planet. Here are top best places to visit in Kaza!

Sakya Tangyud monastery

Built in the year 2009, Sakya Tangyud monastery is situated in Kaza town of Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh. Depicting the dynamics of Buddhist engineering, this monastery portrays an excellent Sakya sect of Tibetan culture. Brilliant artistic creations feature the staggering subtleties all through the exquisite structure. It is accepted to be one of 108 sanctuaries and cloisters worked by the eminent Buddhist researcher interpreter Lochen Rinchen Sangpo.

The more current structure, which welcomes guests today stands where the previous cloister, known as Tangyud Lhundrup Choekhor Ling, existed for a long time. Also, similarly as its ancestor, Sayka Kaza Monastery stays associated with the old religious community working above. The inaugural function was attended by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on July 9, 2009.

Key (Ki) Monastery

It is said to have been established by Dromton, a student of the renowned instructor, Atisha, in the eleventh century. The Ki monastery (likewise spelled Key and Kee) is the most significant and greatest among all monasteries in Spiti and has consistently been controlled by the the ‘the yellow hats’ or Gelugpa. Located on a high infertile slope of 13,504 feet, it was earlier the castle of the Tantric divinity Chakrasamvara; three rough mountain behind the cloister are supposed to be the dwelling places of the Gods Chamsing, Lhamo and Neser. Currently there are about 250 priests residing in the monastery and they inside the sacrosanct walls all through the year. It is believed that few of them leave in the winter season to stay in the South Indian Monasteries, rest remain in Key monastery.

There are no hotels and guest houses at the religious community. Travelers who visit the religious community, should return to Kaza in order to find a decent accommodation. There are no cafes or restaurants at the Key Monastery, although the priests at the religious community do serve tea to all their guests.

Komic (Tangyud) Monastery

Situated at the fringe of Khibber Wildlife Sanctuary, Komic Gompa, otherwise called Tangyud monastery and religious community is located in Komic village of Spiti and is a one hour drive from Kaza Khas by road. Built in the era of Sakyapas around 14th century it is one of just two gompas belonging to the Sakya group in Spiti Valley (The other one is Sakya Tangyud Gompa in main Kaza).

After an earthquake this monastery was shifted from the village of Hikkim and rebuilt in Komic village. It is built like a huge castle with vertical red and white stripes which makes it more gigantice at first glance.

Dhankar Monastery

Dhankar Monastery is a Buddhist religious temple in the area of Lahaul and Spiti in India. It is arranged at a height of 13,070 feet in the Valley above Dhankar Village, between the towns of Kaza and Tabo. Dhankar likewise holds a significant spot in the valley for its pertinence. Set up among seventh and the ninth century, this old sanctuary compound is called Lha-O-pa Gompa of the devotees of Lha-O. The Gompa comprises various floors roosted together, giving it a castle like formation.

Lately the World Monuments Fund recognized this thousand year old monastery as one of the most endangered building and at a high risk of falling.

Chandra Taal Lake (Chandrataal)

Settled high up in the glorious Himalayan Mountains, in the Spiti region of Himachal Pradesh, is the stunningly delightful lake, Chandrataal. Arranged at an astonishing elevation, ‘Lake of the Moon’ is a most loved among trekkers and campers. This bow formed Lake has no obvious source and water gets filled from beneath the Earth.

Located on the Samudra Tapu, the name of this lake Chandra Taal is derived from its crescent shape and is likewise called the Moon Lake. The height at which this Lake is situated is around 14,100 feet.

Chandra Taal is a travelers paradise and a must place to visit on your way to Ladakh from Kaza. The lake is open for tourists from Kaza (56 Kilometers) and Manali (140 Kilometers) via Kunzum Pass from 10th of June to early October depending upon the weather. The Border Road Organisation (BRO) is currently planning a permanent route so that the area remains open throughout the year. This is likely to happen in near future.  There is likewise an engine street open the extent that a parking garage 2 kilometers (1.2 mi) from the lake. One needs to go by walking for the last 1 Kilometer around. Thats all folks! These were our recommended best places to visit in Kaza. Godspeed!

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