Koumik is the highest village in Asia. It is situated in Lahaul Spiti district, Himachal Pradesh, India. This village is surrounded with snowbound mountains.
What to see in Koumik: Koumik is famous for Lundup Tsemo Gompa. Other major attraction of this place is highest motorable Buddhist Monastery in the world. It is the double storied Buddhist Monastery. This place is famous for the natural and trekking lovers. Visitors of this place will be surprised to find the modern amenities that even the villages in other parts of the country enjoy missing. Festivals are the major attractions of this place. Mask dance is the major attraction of festivals. Lamas perform this dance. Worth buying things of this place are paintings, jackets, caps, Shawls, Carpets etc. Star gazing is so popular at this region. Carrying telescope is added thrilling experience.
What to see around Koumik:
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. It is located 21kms away from Koumik.
Kaza: It is the base point for trekking. Places to visit in Kaza are Hikkim Monastery and Sa Kya Pa Sect monastery. It is located 21kms away from Koumik.
Dhankar Monastery: 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. It is located 54kms away from Koumik.
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: It is located 8kms away from Koumik. Langza is known as maritime fossils.
Lahaul Valley: Major attraction of this valley is Greenery. Gateway to Lahaul is Rohatang Pass.
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. It is located 31kms away from Koumik.
Getting to Koumik: 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 Koumik: Koumik can be explored on foot. Buses and Jeeps are available to visit the surrounding places of Koumik.
Best time to visit Koumik: Best time to visit Koumik is between May to October. Due to snow fall Rohtang Pass which is the entry for koumik will remain closed during the remaining seasons.
Where to stay in Koumik: Only options to stay here is home stays. For budget, midrange and luxury hotels are available at Kaza.
Where to eat in Koumik: Locals provide food to the visitors of this place. No restaurants are available here.