Himachal Pradesh is one of the most beautiful states in India and Buddhist monasteries are most amazing part of its beauty. Monasteries or Gompas in Himachal are known for its beauty, uniqueness and Tibetan culture which every true traveler must explore at least once.
If you are to want to visit and experience the monasteries in Himachal then Lahaul and Spiti district is the ultimate travel destination which should be on your travel wishlist. So here is the list of most popular and beautiful monasteries in Himachal Pradesh.
1. Brelengi Gompa, Reckong Peo
Brelengi Gompa is a fine example of modern Buddhist architecture. It is located in Brelengi village near Reckong Peo. A very impressive big statue (about 10 m high) of the standing Buddha located close the monastery.
2. Tabo Monastery, Spiti Valley
Tabo Monastery is located in Tabo village of Spiti Valley and was founded in 996 AD, the year of the Fire Ape by the Tibetan Calendar. Tabo Monastery is also known as Ajanta of the Himalayas in Spiti Valley.
3. Dhankar Monastery, Dhankar
Dhankar Monastery is considered one of the most beautiful monasteries in Himachal Pradesh. It is situated at an elevation of 3,894 meters on a high cliff overlooking the Spiti and Pin rivers.
4. Sakya Tenggyu Monastery, Kaza
Sakya Tenggyu Monastery is located in Kaza town of Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh. This monastery was inaugurated the new monastery on 9 July, 2009. Old monastery can be accessed behind the new building.
5. Key Monastery, Spiti Valley
Key Monastery is also known as Kye Monastery or Kye Gompa. This is one of the most famous monasteries in Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. It is located on top of a hill at an altitude of 4,166 meters above sea level, close to the Spiti River. Key Monastery is around a thousand years old and is the largest monastery in Spiti Valley.
6. Tsuglagkhang Complex and Namgyal Monastery, Dharamsala
Tsuglagkhang Complex is the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The complex is located near Mcleod Ganj and is surrounded by the forest of pine trees. Nearby is Namgyal Monastery which is the place to have some peaceful time away from the city.
7. Palpung Sherabling Monastic Seat, Kangra Valley
Palpung Sherabling Monastic Seat is located in Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh. One of the few monasteries where you can see snow cover mountains as the backdrop. Although Monastery is quite modern and it reflects the Buddhist and Tibetan culture in a vibrant way.