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Keylong Lahaul

Keylong is a beautiful and picturesque town in the Lahaul and Spiti district. Lying in the cold desert, Keylong is a blend of rugged mountains, snowy peaks, gurgling streams and sparsely placed green valleys.

From Manali, one has to cross Rohtang Pass and go downhill through barren yet beautiful Chandra valley, passing through villages and following the Chandra River on the left side of the road.

Keylong is the district head quarters of Lahaul and Spiti valleys. The town lies on the main road from Rohtang to Leh.

Lahaul is marked by high mountains and massive glaciers. The two rivers, Chandra and Bhaga flow through the narrow valleys. Lahaul is like a Buddhist Wonderland filled with art and culture. The monasteries of Lahaul-Spiti are rich repositories of ancient murals, Thankas, wood carving and exquisite images of Guru Padmasambhava – the Buddhist sage. 

Keylong serves as a base ‘camp’ to explore the monasteries scattered in more remote areas. The greenery in Keylong stands in stark contrast with the colossal rugged mountains with little vegetation which surround the area.

In winters it remains covered in snow giving it a majestic yet deserted look. The opulence of nature here is spellbinding. A travellers gaze may be transfixed in awe by the mighty Himalayas which are truely magnificent here. It is the raw emptiness that engages a traveller and leaves a lasting memory in his mind.

 A commercial hub of Lahaul, Keylong is the perfect place to begin numerous treks to adjoining valleys and states, for example:

-        The Chamba Lahaul Trek,

-       Jammu & Kashmir – Lahaul Trek,

-       Lahaul - Spiti Trek,

-       Kullu - Manali – Lahaul Trek.

The monasteries in and around Keylong offer an insight into the Tibetan- Budhhist culture. Many of these have ancient Budhhist texts and scrolls on display.
Tandi
8 km from Keylong, it is situated at the confluence of the Chandra and Bhaga rivers. The rivers merge here and become the so called Chandrabhaga or Chenab hereafter.
Gondla
Famous for its fort, it is 18 km from Keylong on the right side of the Chandra River. The fort is an eight storied structure dating back to the 17th century. A annual fair is held in July with dance and music performances by Lamas.
Monasteries
Guru Ghantal Gompa : An 800 year old monastery famous for its statues of Guru Padmasambhava and Brajeshwari Devi. It is associated with the Drupka Order. Shashpur Monastery: This Gompa was built in the 17th century. It is famous for its ancient paintings of 84 Buddhas. Kardang Monastery: Built in the 12th century, this Gompa is located across the Bhaga river. Its vast library houses volumes of Kangyur and Tangyur scriptures on Buddhism. Tayul Gompa: Built in the 17th century, this Gompa has a colossal 5 meter high statue of Guru Pamasambhava.
Keylong Museum
It is a museum displaying tribal art, archaeological finds, Thangka paintings, as well as old manuscripts and documents are also on display.
Painted and embroidered scrolls called Thanka can be bought bought from the market.
Nearby places Train stations Airports
CHANDIGARH 415 Km 06H 34m
BHUNTAR 168 Km 02H 36m
Chandigarh 409 Km 06H 29m
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Keylong is a beautiful and picturesque town in the Lahaul and Spiti district. Lying in the cold desert, Keylong is a blend of rugged mountains, snowy peaks, gurgling streams and sparsely placed green valleys.
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On the banks of the Beas river, surrounded by the majestic Pir Panjal, Parvati, and Bara Bhangal mountain ranges, lies Manali - one of the most popular hill resorts in India. Manali is also the gateway to the exotic Lahaul and Spiti valleys.
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Summer 25 °C 5 °C
Winter -5 °C 10 °C
Pleasant, sunny, cold summers and freezing cold winters. Keylong gets cut off from the outside world from November to April, due to heavy snowfall at Rohtang Pass.
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