Trodly Logo

KEY MONASTERY, KINNAUR

World India Himachal Pradesh Kinnaur Key Monastery
Not rated
Rate this destination

Key Monastery or Key Gompa is the biggest monastery in Spiti Valley and is dedicated to Tibetan Buddhism. At an altitude of 4,166 mts, this monastery is home to about 300 monks who receive their religious education here and is a splendid example of Chinese influenced monastic architecture. The Spiti River flows next to the monastery, when it is not frozen during winter months and the monastery is about 12 km from Kaza. The monastery has the facade of a fortress and is decorated with numerous paintings, murals and preserves several manuscripts. 

Key Monastery has the distinction of being the oldest and the biggest in the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh and a religious training center for Lamas.

Kye monastery is an outstanding example of the monastic architecture, which developed during the 14th century in the wake of the Chinese influence. The Mongols plundered the monastery in the middle of the 17th century. In the 19th century, it again suffered three brutal attacks. The successive trails of destruction and patch-up jobs have resulted in a haphazard growth of box-like structures, and the complex now resembles a defensive fort.

THINGS TO KNOW

Category
Historical, Heritage, Pilgrimage
Languages
Tibetan, Himachali, Hindi & English
Altitude
174m
Best time to visit
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Nearby railway stations
Nearby Airports
India Himachal Pradesh Key Monastery

TRAVEL TIPS (0) Recent

Write a travel tip
POST
Be the first to give a tip or leave a comment
Get Routes
travel guide
places to see
Between 0 to 100 kms
All Categories
Adventure
Hills
Jungle
Beaches
Art & History
Religious
Sort by

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

places to see
From  ₹ 1340 1 Day
places to see
From  ₹ 7990 5 Days
places to see
From  ₹ 750 4 Hours
places to see
From  ₹ 21490 9 Days
places to see
From  ₹ 1180 2.5 Hours
places to see
From  ₹ 49500 15 Days
places to see
From  ₹ 12550 6 Days
places to see
From  ₹ 2150 2 Days