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 road way. Bus services are available between shimla via kaza and Kinnaur. Route from Shimla to Kaza opens only between May to October. Komic and Kaza are 10kms away from Koumik. From Kaza regular buses are available. Nearest railway station is located Jogindernagar. Nearest broad gauge railway stations are Chandigarh and Shimla. Taxis and buses are available from the railway station to Lossar. By airways Spiti can be reached either from Shimla or from Manali. Nearest airports are located at Manali and Shimla.
Getting around Dhankar Monastery: Monastery can be explored on foot. Dhanka Lake is 2.5kms away from the monastery. Walking is the best option to reach this lake from Monastery.
Best time to visit Dhankar Monastery: Best time to visit Dhankar Monastery is between May to October. Due to snow fall Rohtang Pass which is the entry for Dhankar Monastery will remain closed during the remaining seasons.
Where to stay in Dhankar Monastery: Yetty and Yak have lodges to stay. Charges of these lodges were so nominal. Home stays is another option at this place. Resorts or hotels are not available here.
Where to eat in Dhankar Monastery: Only vegetarian food is available here. Eating options are very limited here.