Spiti attractions

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 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…
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.
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).
Buddhist Monastery in Komic

Tangyud Gompa

The Tangyud Gompa was probably founded in the 14th century near Hikkim. It relocated to Komic after a devastating 1975 earthquake. With around 50 monks, it's one of only two Spiti monasteries of the red-hat Sakya se…
Buddhist Monastery in Pin Valley

Ugyen Sangnak Choling Gompa

At Kungri, 3km above Gulling, which is 16km up the valley, this 680-year-old monastery has a huge new building and three much more interesting medieval shrines, featuring blackened murals, festival masks and carved …
Cave in Tabo


A number of caves on the hillside above the main road were part of the old monastery complex – a 200m walk starting up the steps opposite the Vijay Kumar shop.