Key Monastery

Key Monastery, Lahaul and Spiti District

Key Monastery
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Radhika Bharat
India34 contributions
Sep 2021
One should definitely visit Key monastery from inside. It is different from other monasteries. To reach key monastery you have to walk a little from the parking space. It is a 5-7min walk till the main old gompa which houses hundreds year old paintings and prayer wheel still exists. Next visit meditation caves where monks sit for hours to practice meditation in silence. These meditation caves were not seen elsewhere. Going further up on terrace you will see the most beautiful view from the monastery top of the whole valley. The view is breath taking.
Written 30 September 2021
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Rbansal2014
New Delhi, India237 contributions
Jul 2021
Possibly you have seen this structure on TV at some point in life.
The facade looks fantastic as it sits on a mountain top, the view from the top of the monastery is breathtaking as you look over the Spiti Valley and the mountains around.
You are greeted well by the monks as they show you around the monastery, and the different rooms. You are welcomed by a warm tea and some snacks.
We were lucky to walk in during a prayer session and it was absolutely divine.
A must visit!
Written 9 July 2021
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Aakash K
New Delhi, India633 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
This place is amazing and give peace to your mind and calms your soul. You definitely dont want to go back from here. When we reached here it was cold and winds were blowing, as soon we reach inside the gompa a monk saw us shivering and offered us hot tea with conversation. We got to know alot about this place from that monk. It's the famous monastery in Spiti valley and is amazing site to watch
Written 25 May 2020
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Vipul Sharma (Dorian thoughts)
New Delhi, India66 contributions
Sep 2019 • Solo
This place is iconic, serene, beautifully calm and relaxing, there are meditation Chambers created really a long while ago, there a school near it, there are a lot of monks, functions, just a lot of things that would make you feel relaxed, calm and composed. You should definitely meditate here for a while, there are monks guide and tell about the history of the place that really fascinating (they speak multiple languages) do have the herbal tea that they offer, do make a donation as a good will. Photography at certain points is prohibited so please respect that. Do talk to the monks they'll tell you all about the amazing history of Key monastery.
Also, there is a spot where you can hike to and get an amazing view of the monastery with the whole valley, it's a 15-20 mins hike, I'll share the photos as well.
Written 28 October 2019
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gautamroy2000
New Delhi, India53 contributions
Jul 2019
The Monastery has some really beautiful scriptures & paintings of Lord Buddha & other Gods. The Key Gompa is also famous for its priceless collection of ancient Thangkas including Tibetian silk Thangkas upto 800 yrs old & frescos depicting the life of Padmasambhava. There is a Key village that just comes before the Key monastery. The views from vantage point are breathtaking from where you can view Rangrik village across Spiti river
Written 2 October 2019
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amit j
New Delhi, India120 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
When in Kaza must visit this place on the way to kibber and the view is on the route is amazing..picture perfect place
Written 28 September 2019
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Sumana D
Guwahati, India93 contributions
Jun 2019
This is by far the largest monastery in Spiti. The monks are so hospitable and warm. With a cute terrace and gallant views of the Spiti Valley, sipping hot herbal tea, in their kitchen, was a bonus.
Written 4 September 2019
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Morten R
Oslo, Norway183 contributions
Oct 2018
I had a wonderful time at this spot, watching the remaining light of the sun fade and being replaced by the rising moon behind me.

There is not much vegetation in this dry valley, so wherever it is it gives such beautiful colors of autumn to the otherwise dry and barren landscape, and I was here at the peak of colors which can be seen throughout this vista.

As I sat here some locals were walking uphill back to their homes, but apart from that it was no sound. With the sun down the air got cold fast – it is after all almost 4000 meters above the sea here.

The location of the gompa is so beautiful and those living there have incredible views of the landscape as do those viewing onto the gompa. This place is beautiful every day of the year, but life here is governed by an alpine climate, which is touch at this altitude, with very cold winters and isolation from the outside world.

This monastery, or gompa, has, like most monasteries, a name with many spelling variations to the spoken name of which Kee and Key are the most common in addition to Ki.

I visited October 2017
Written 15 August 2019
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RAJENDRA884 PRASAD
Faridabad, India3,243 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
This monastery is close to Kaza and is a must-see place, which gives beautiful views of landscapes. This monastery also has a school in their campus.
Written 28 June 2019
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Attul Handoo
New Delhi, India144 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Nice place to visit the monastery. Calm and quite place. The location is outstanding. Nearby valley view from the top is must see.
Written 11 June 2019
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