Lahaul along with Spiti forms a district in Himachal Pradesh, India. From Lahaul, entry pass to the Spiti Valley is Kunzum Pass. Rohtang Pass connects Manali and Lahaul and Spiti districts. In India this district is the least populous district. This place is famous for Buddhist monasteries and adventurous activities.
What to see at Lahaul :
Keylong: It is located on the banks of Bhaga River. This is the best place for the natural lovers as it is surrounded by green fields. Major Keylong Attractions are Triloknath Temple, Khardang Monastery, Shashur Gompa.
Kunzam Pass: Height is 4590 meters above the sea level. It is the gateway to Spiti Valley. It offers best view of Shigri Parbat.
Kibber: 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.
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.
Gondla: It is located 18 kms away from Keylong. Royal houses and scenic landscape are most famous here. Thakur of Gonda is 8 storied royal house which is most attractive to the tourists for its architecture.
Khardong Gompa: It is 900 years old Gompa. From Keylong it is 4kms away. It houses 30 Lamas and Chomos. Major attractions of this gompa are old weapons, musical instruments and thangkas.
Udaipur: This is most sacred place to Buddhists and Hindus. Udaipur is famous for wood carvings. Major Udaipur Attractions are Lake Palace, City Palace, Lake Pichola, Jagdish Temple, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Gulab Bagh and Zoo.
Triloknath Temple: This temple is very famous in this place. It is the sacred place for Buddhist and Hindus.
Suraj Tal: It is located below Baralacha pass in the Lahaul division. This is the source of the river Bhaga.
Chandra Tal: It is a moon lake located at a distance of 6kms away from Kunzum Pass. 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.
Guru Ghantal Gompa: It is believed that Tibetan Buddhism founder, Guru Padmasambahava, established this gompa.
What to see around Lahaul:
Spiti: At the base of the Kunzam Range Spiti river originates. This place has number of monasteries such as Giu, Mane Gogma, Sagnam, Ki, Tabo, Gungri, Mud and Lidang. It is located 7kms away from Lahaul.
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. It is located 21kms away from Lahaul.
Tandi: It is located 8 Kms away from Keylong. This is famous for Chitwan National park.
Getting to Lahaul: Lahaul is well connected with road. It is located 11kms away from Manali. From Kaza, Leh, Chandigarh, Delhi etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway head is located at Jogindernagar. From this station taxis are available to reach Lahaul. Nearest airport is located at Bhuntar Airport.
Getting around Lahaul: Taxis and cabs are available to visit the places in and around of Lahaul.
Best time to reach Lahaul: Best time to visit this place is between mid may to mid October.
Where to stay in Lahaul: Luxury accommodations are not available here. Staying options are available at Keylong. Few monasteries are providing rooms to stay.
Where to eat in Lahaul: plenty of small restaurants are available here. Some restaurants are offering continental, Gujarati and Punjabi cuisines.