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Chandratal

Chandratal

in Himachal Pradesh, History, Lahaul and Spiti district, Nature, North India, Trekking | 0 comments

Chandratal is situated in Lahaul and Spiti district, Himachal Pradesh, India. It is a beautiful lake situated 6kms away from Kumzum Pass. Shape is of this lake is Crescent. People believed that this place was discovered by the traders who came to this region from Ladakh or Tibet. Before reaching their destination, traders used to stay at this place.   What to see at Chandratal: This is one of the beautiful places of India. Among Campers and Trekking lovers this place is one of the best places. This lake looks so beautiful in blue colour.  Chandratal is surrounded by Chandra Bhaga mountain range and wide carpet of green grass. This place is also played a major role in the historical record also. This is the place where Indra who is the king of Gods, came down on his chariots to transport Dharmaraja, who is the eldest one of Pandavas, in his mortal form to heaven.  People believe that fairies visit this place during night times.   Visible source of this lake is not there i.e. water of this lake comes from underground. It is a sweet water lake. Area spread by this lake is 2.5kms.  This is the source to Chandra River. To form Chandrabhaga River, Chandra River merges with Bhaga River.   What to see around Chandratal: Ki Monastery: In the Spiti Valley this is the largest monastery. This monastery is famous for wind instruments, stucco images, rare manuscripts, thangkas, and murals. This monastery is dates back to 1000 years. This is the best place for Pasada Style of architecture. It consists of 3 floors. Small rooms in the monastery are allotted to monks. Underground is used as storage and Ground Floor is used as assembly hall. Kaza: It is the base point for trekking. Places to visit in Kaza are Hikkim Monastery and Sa Kya Pa Sect monastery. Dhankar: Main intension to build this fort is to keep an eye on enemies and enjoy the Spiti Valley by seeing from this place. Old temple in Dhankar is known as Lha O Pa Gompa. Pin Valley: It is located on the banks of river Pin. Major activities in this place are archery competitions and Horse racing. Most of...

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Tabo Monastery

Tabo Monastery

in Buddhist Monestery, Buddhist Stupas, Buddhist temples, Caves, Himachal Pradesh, History, Lahaul and Spiti district, Nature, North India, Temple, Trekking | 0 comments

Tabo Monastery is located in Tago village of Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India. In the Tibetan Era Fire Ape, this monastery was founded.  This monastery is famous for murals, frescos, statues, stupas, manuscripts and Thankas.  It was reconstructed after the earthquake of 1975.   What to see in Tabo Monastery: Architecture: Tabo Monastery consists of cave Shrines, 4 decorated stupas, and 9 temples. Temples belongs to 15th to 20th centuries, Stupas belongs to 13th to 14th centuries and Paintings of the main temple 10th to 11th centuries. Huge collection of Pramana and manuscripts texts can be seen at this monastery. These belong to 1991 to 1998. Main Temple: Main temple consists of entry hall and assembly hall. Entry hall has pictures of Yeshe O’d and his two sons Devaraja and Nagaraja. They were the founders of this monastery. In the main temple, visitors can see 110 cm height Vairocana.  Painted decorations of sculptures can be seen here. On the walls of the main temple scriptures written on wooden planks can be seen here. More than 50 clay images are located here. Older Temples:  Golden temple is said to be covered with Gold. In 16th century it was renovated by Sengge Namgyal.  Other ancient temple of this monastery is Bodhisattva Maitreya temple. Height of this main statue of this temple is 6meters. Other attraction among the old temples is Trom ton Temple. Murals of eight medicine Buddhas can be seen here. Paintings are the major attraction of interiors of Small Trom- ton. Newer Temple:  Largest newer temple of this complex is Temple of Dromton. This temple is famous for paintings. Other main temple among new temples is Mahakala Vajra Bhairava Temple. There are 5 temples in this monastery. Stupas: Temple complex consists of several stupas. Four stupas are most attractive with interior paintings. These stupas belong to 13th century.   What to see around Tabo Monastery: Ki Monastery: In the Spiti Valley this is the largest monastery. This monastery is famous for wind instruments, stucco images, rare manuscripts, thangkas, and murals. This monastery is dates back to 1000 years. This is the best place for Pasada Style of architecture. It consists of 3 floors. Small rooms in the monastery are...

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Pin Valley National Park

Pin Valley National Park

in Hill station, Himachal Pradesh, Lahaul and Spiti district, Nature, North India, Trekking | 0 comments

Pin Valley National Park is located in Spiti Region, Lahaul and Spiti district, Himachal Pradesh, India. This park was declared as national park in 1987.  It is situated in the cold desert area of Spiti Region. This park is famous for Flora and Fauna. It is surrounded by several monasteries, Buddhist shrines and Lamas.   What to see in Pin Valley National Park: This is one of the best places for natural, wildlife and trekking lovers. Major attraction of this Pin Valley National Park is Snow Leopard. More than 20 species of birds and animals can be seen here. At the base of this valley Pin River flows. Only Indians are allowed to see this park. Foreigners are not allowed here. During the winter season, animals migrate to lower regions due to heavy snow and cold atmosphere. Major bird attractions of this place are Raven, Himalayan Chough, griffon, Golden Eagle, Chukor, Bearded Vulture, Snow cock, Pika. It is the home place to Marten, Red Fox, Weasel, Bharal, Siberian Ibex, Snow Leopard and several other animals. This park is famous for medicinal plants also. Rare Species of Medicinal plants such as Birch and Juniper are available here. Another attraction of this place is park’s alpine pasture lands. This valley is famous for Chhumurti Horses. At this place local people conducts archery competitions and Horse Racing.   What to see around Pin Valley National Park: Ki Monastery: In the Spiti Valley this is the largest monastery. This monastery is famous for wind instruments, stucco images, rare manuscripts, thangkas, and murals. This monastery is dates back to 1000 years. This is the best place for Pasada Style of architecture. It consists of 3 floors. Small rooms in the monastery are allotted to monks. Underground is used as storage and Ground Floor is used as assembly hall. Kaza: It is the base point for trekking. Places to visit in Kaza are Hikkim Monastery and Sa Kya Pa Sect monastery. Dhankar: Main intension to build this fort is to keep an eye on enemies and enjoy the Spiti Valley by seeing from this place. Old temple in Dhankar is known as Lha O Pa Gompa. Pin Valley: It is located on the banks of...

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Dhankar Gompa

Dhankar Gompa

in Buddhist Monestery, Fort, Himachal Pradesh, History, Lahaul and Spiti district, Trekking, Valley | 0 comments

Dhankar Gompa is a Buddhist Temple in Lahaul and Spiti district, Himachal Pradesh, India. It looks like Tangyud Monastery and Key Monastery. In 17th century, this monastery acted as capital of Spiti. It is one of the 5 main Buddhist centres. This is the 7th century Buddhist Monastery. In the world this is the second highest monastery.  This monastery belongs to Gelugpa Order of Tibetan Buddhism.   What to see in Dhankar Monastery: Ki Monastery: In the Spiti Valley this is the largest monastery. This monastery is famous for wind instruments, stucco images, rare manuscripts, thangkas, and murals. This monastery is dates back to 1000 years. This is the best place for Pasada Style of architecture. It consists of 3 floors. Small rooms in the monastery are allotted to monks. Underground is used as storage and Ground Floor is used as assembly hall. Kaza: It is the base point for trekking. Places to visit in Kaza are Hikkim Monastery and Sa Kya Pa Sect monastery. Dhankar: Main intension to build this fort is to keep an eye on enemies and enjoy the Spiti Valley by seeing from this place. Old temple in Dhankar is known as Lha O Pa Gompa. Pin Valley: It is located on the banks of river Pin. Major activities in this place are archery competitions and Horse racing. Most of the tourists attracts towards Chamurti Horses. It is a part of Spiti Valley. Kunzam Pass:  Height is 4590 meters above the sea level. It is the gateway to Spiti Valley. It offers best view of Shigri Parbat. Langza: Langza is known as maritime fossils. Kibber: Kibber is a small village in the Spiti Valley in Himalayas. Kibber lies on summit of a limestone rock. Lush Green fields and agricultural forms are abundant. Major crops are Peas and Barley. This place is famous for monasteries, barren splendour, and scenic mountains. Plenty of fossils present in and around Kibber.   What to see around Dhankar Gompa: Lahaul Valley: Major attraction of this valley is Greenery. Gateway to Lahaul is Rohatang Pass. This valley is located at the height of 2745m above mean sea level.   Getting to Dhankar Monastery: Only way to reach this place is through...

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Key Monastery

Key Monastery

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Key Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery which is located in the Spiti Valley, Lahaul and Spiti district, Himachal Pradesh, India. In the Spiti Valley this is the biggest monastery. Dromton founded this gompa between 1008 to 1064 CE. He was the disciple of teacher Atisha. It is the home to 350 lamas.   What to see in Key Monastery:  Monastery is famous for its architectural style. Architectural style of this gompa is known as Pasada Style. Monastery is having 3 floors. These floors are underground, Ground and First Floors. Ground floor is used as assembly hall.  This floor is having small rooms for the monks. These rooms are known as Tangyur. Assembly hall is also known as Du-khang.  Underground floor is used for the storage. Several attractions of this monastery are Ancient Weapons, Rare Thangkas, Ancient Murals and musical instruments like drums, cymbals, trumpets.   This monastery destroyed for several times and rebuilt. In 1840, monastery was undergone fire accident and in 1975 it was affected with an earthquake. This gompa belongs to Yellow Hat Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It appears like fortress.  In the Spiti Valley, this is one of the Gelugpa Sect monasteries. Other monasteries of this valley are Drangtse Monastery and Tabo Monastery. At the integral festivals, Mask dance perform by the monks. This is the resemblance of the victory of good over evil.   What to see around Key Monastery: Kibber: Lush Green fields and agricultural forms are abundant. Major crops are Peas and Barley. Village consists of only 80 houses. They are made up of adobe brick and mud. This place is famous for monasteries, barren splendour, and scenic mountains. It is located 2kms away from the monastery. Kaza: It is the base point for trekking. Places to visit in Kaza are Hikkim Monastery and Sa Kya Pa Sect monastery.  It is situated 12kms away from Gompa. Tangyud Monastery: It is located 14kms away from the gompa. For Buddhists it is the sacred place. Spectacular view of Kaza can be possible from here. Dhankar Monastery: It is located 32kms away from Gompa. Main intension to build this fort is to keep an eye on enemies and enjoy the Spiti Valley by seeing from...

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