Lahaul attractions

Temple in Pattan & Pangi Valleys

Triloknath Temple

The squat little temple is a remarkable example of Hindu-Buddhist syncretism with a basic Hindu vihar tower but a series of prayer wheels lining the inner arcade. The central white-marble idol is revered by Buddhist…
Architecture in Jispa & Gemur

Khamsar Khar

High above Gemur but accessed on the side lane that winds up via Kolong, Khamsar Khar is an intriguing, unrestored Lahauli palace: 104 dusty, barely lit rooms in five storeys of brooding mud-walls. Highlights are th…
Hindu Temple in Pattan & Pangi Valleys

Markula Devi Temple

This unique temple has a very unusual wooden roof, half of which forms a spiky spire. Inside, fabulous, detailed wood carvings dating from the 11th to 16th centuries include scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana …
Buddhist Monastery in Keylong

Kardang Gompa

On concrete stilts facing Keylong across the valley, Kardang Gompa has existed for 900 years, but was refounded in 1912. Maintained by an order of Drukpa Kagyu (Red Hat) monks and nuns, the monastery enshrines a mig…
Buddhist Monastery in Keylong

Shashur Gompa

Founded in the 17th century by the Zanskari lama Deva Gyatsho, Shashur's original gompa, featuring 5m-high thangkas, is now encased within a modern concrete one. By road it's 6km of zigzags from Keylong; on foot all…
Landmark in Manali to Keylong

Rohtang La

A logistical nightmare or a scenic highlight depending on your experience, the Rohtang La (3978m) is, at least physically, the high point of a journey from Manali to Lahaul. From Manali, the road strikes north along…
Buddhist Monastery in Jispa & Gemur

Gemur Gompa

The masterpiece within this outwardly unremarkable 16th-century temple hides in a chamber at the back of the main idols: walk around to the right and behind you'll find the large gilded statue of Dorje-Chang with re…
Museum in Keylong

Lahaul-Spiti Tribal Museum

At the west end of town, this semi-interesting museum can give context to what you've seen in local villages, ideas of other places to go and potted histories of the valleys. Traditional artefacts displayed include …
Sculpture in Pattan & Pangi Valleys

Carved stone spring-head

Locals have no idea who carved them or how old they are but several of the town's springs are sanctified by stone facias with obviously ancient carvings. The one beside the lane to Parmas is the best preserved and i…
Buddhist Monastery in Keylong

Tayul Gompa

Perched high above the hamlet of Stingri, 4km east of Keylong, ancient Tayul Gompa has elegant mural work, a 4m-high statue of Padmasabhava and a supernaturally self-turning prayer wheel (or so it's claimed).