Where is the largest Monastery situated in Himachal Pradesh?

The largest Monastery is located at Keylong belonging to the Drukpa Section of Tibetan Buddhism named as Khardong Monastery. The place has much significance in the history of the state as well as to the nation as a whole. The place lies between the Ladakh and is situated about 120 km from the Tibetan border. So, do visit the place to experience the lives of the people residing at such a remote place.

A brief about Keylong

Even a very small town/place in Himachal Pradesh carries within the vastness of extreme beauty and each one of them are manufactured by the essence of God in a very charming manner. When considering this very town only,; even the small geographical place holds much of the tourist attraction. So what the place is not fully connected to many of the services like telecommunications or some other but the varied flora and fauna always attracts the masses to this beautiful place. This place in the state is becoming a very hotspot type region to all tourists. The place is comprised of PWD Rest House. Not only this, it has a Public Work Department Rest House to all the officials to make their stay good. One can also find a travelers Bungalow and some amount of small hotels. So, whenever you happen to visit Himachal Pradesh do visit this place and experience the red horizon taking away your breath away.

This place falls under Lahaul and Spiti District of Himachal Pradesh. Further, it is the administrative center of the Lahaul and Spiti District of the state. Being the administrative place it has many other departments' working constantly to provide the best environment to various fields within the district. Being as the remote place earlier it was not much connected to rest of the districts of the state but with the advancement in roadways and other forms of transportation facilities; the place has emerged to be a best among many of the places in the state. If you plan to visit Ladakh region then you'll have to stop here for your refreshment because this is a long hour drive to Ladakh and hence you can look and experience the vast beauty of the place. This town falls on the Manali-Leh Road about 120 km from the Tibetan border. The place is situated at an altitude of about three thousand and eighty kilometer from the mean sea level. There is a river named as Bhaga which shares the banks for the town. The best part is to see at the horizon where the hills summit seems to touch the sky. It seems like if you'll reach at the top of the hill you'll catch the clouds. The geographical part of the town carries a step cutting meadows as usually found in the major upper part of the state. The place holds the name of the center to have the largest Monastery belonging to the Drukpa section of Tibetan Buddhism named as Khardong Monastery. This Monastery is situated across the river and very near to Keylong. Hence, all the spiritual chants can be heard from this place and all the Buddhism people worshipping the God makes the place a vibrant place. One who visits the place is believed to get the essence of eternity within the body and relaxing himself as never before. Not only this Monastery, one can also have a glimpse of Shasur and Tayul Monastery which are also located near Keylong. This place is also very famous for Lahaul Festival which is held here every year in the month of July. This festival attracts many of the visitors from the surrounding areas. Here one can get all the costlier things which are handmade at very reasonable price so, it's good to visit the place in the month of July.

Surfing around Keylong

The place, no doubt is famous for its Monasteries but beside this one can visit many other places which are defined below.


The place is very near to Keylong and the place is famous to look at the meeting / confluence of the bhaga and Chandra rivers. Form this place onwards the big river name changes to Chandrabhaga River. Well, the nomenclature is very simple; they just added both of the names to make a big name so as the river. This is the only river that is known as River Chenab. Well, most of you are well known to this river.

Triloknath Temple

A very famous temple which corresponds to all the 3 major Gods of the Hindu culture who are believed to be the most powerful spiritual power to control all the life processes are preached here. Wherever you'll visit in Himachal Pradesh you'll never miss this very concept and the extreme devotion of the people towards spiritual power. This temple has been constructed with stone and timber. It is a shrine that holds good for both Hindu people and the Buddhist people. This temple is located on the left bank of the Chandrabhaga River.


All the famous town/civilizations are formed near the river sites; this is due to the reason that the river emerges to be the best recourse to the people in order to grow the crops and to get other aquatic farming. Thus, this place termed as Jispa is again situated near the River Bhaga. It is a paradise as the deep water of the river is full of trout. The place is best to be visited in the month of summer. The crystal clear water without the salt is a best resource for the people to use for household purposes and other activities too.


In very old good days when our country was under the rule of kings the place termed as Gondla which is very near to our centered topic of the article, i.e. Keylong used to be the residence of the royal ruler of the whole Keylong. So, one can get a clear idea about the terrific beauty of the place that the emperor choose to stay at this place. The place has even today a Royal Castle termed as the Gondla Castle where the ruler generation stays are honored even today by the local people. This castle was built in the 17th century and still today it stands tall. This shows the architectural intelligence of the people of old time when there was no availability of chemicals. The annual fair held at this place reunites the local people here and also the visitor's traffic increases to the place who are in the way to Ladakh.


This is a very old and a little village located along the banks of river Chandra. The scenic beauty attracts most of the visitors to this place and provides them the look of the real Indian village. The life seems to be so free while even looking these people doing their everyday work. It seems like there is no competition to come forward, no cries of remaining at the back. One can get insane in terms of such feelings after watching the life here. So, do visit the place to observe the upper said feeling and realize the difference among yours lifestyle. Well, Himachal is the only state which can provide you the extreme of humanity, the extreme worship with the feeling of divinity.


Keylong, a very little place in terms of population and geographical area but a big place to watch all those things which you'll never experience sitting in your office/home. If you really want to see the life in other way, the way it pleases more, the way it makes you feel cool and calm; do visit the place once in your life. History shows many of the great people realized the meaning of their lives by visiting such places lying deep in the vastness of Himalayas. Henceforth, the small town carries much small chunks of places of high importance.


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