Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Tabo

Tabo Gompa

The gompa was founded in AD 996, possibly by Ringchen Zangpo, the Great Translator, as Tibet's Guge kingdom expanded into these outlying territories, and is reckoned to be the oldest continuously functioning Buddhis…
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Dhankar

Dhankar Gompa

The spectacular 1200-year-old Dhankar Gompa perches precariously between eroded rocky pinnacles on the edge of a cliff. One glance at the crumbling cliffs and it's clear why it was listed in 2006 as one of the world…
Top Choice Landmark in Manali to Keylong

Rohtang La

The Rohtang La (3978m) is a spectacular highlight of the journey from Manali to Lahaul and Ladakh. From Manali, the road strikes north along the Beas River and climbs slowly through pine forests and endless switchba…
Top Choice Lake in Gramphu to Kaza


This glacial lake of constantly changing shades of blue lies among snow peaks at 4270m, 13km off the road to Spiti from a turn-off 1km north of Batal. The first 12km is rough but driveable; the final 1km is on foot.…
Top Choice Landmark in Gramphu to Kaza

Kunzum La

At the Chandratal turn-off, 1km north of Batal, the main road leaves the Chandra River and switchbacks precipitously up to the 4551m Kunzum La, the watershed between Lahaul and Spiti. Vehicles perform a respectful c…
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Ki

Ki Gompa

On the road up to Kibber, about 12km from Kaza, Ki village is dominated by the whitewashed buildings of Ki Gompa. Set atop a conical hillock, this is the largest gompa in Spiti and the views of it from the surroundi…
Temple in Pattan & Pangi Valleys

Triloknath Temple

Some 36km down the Pattan Valley from Tandi, a side road leads 5km to the hilltop village of Triloknath, whose squat stone temple is a remarkable example of Hindu-Buddhist syncretism. The white-marble main idol is r…
Buddhist Monastery in Lhalung

Lhalung Monastery

Up near the top of Lhalung village, this fantastic medieval monastery has an atmospheric main chapel with superb old murals and a highly ornate carved wooden back frieze.
Hindu Temple in Pattan & Pangi Valleys

Markula Devi Temple

In Udaipur, the Pattan Valley's largest village, the Markula Devi Temple looks plain on the outside but the inside is covered with fabulous, detailed wood carvings from the 11th to 16th centuries, including scenes f…
Lake in Dhankar

Dhankar Tso

A steep but worthwhile 2km walk up from Dhankar village is the small lake of Dhankar Tso, with fine views over the valley and towards the twin peaks of Manirang (6593m).