Keylong – a town in the Great Himalayas

Lushed with greenery and snow capped mountains, Keylong is a scenic hill station. Keylong, the administrative centre of Lahaul and Spiti district is a well renowned tourist destination and bikers stopover point. Located on the Manali-Leh  highway, Keylong is 126kms north from Manali beyond Rohtang pass. It takes around 4 to 10 hours depending on the condition of road via bus or private vehicle. The last point to fill up petrol is Tandi near Keylong towards Leh. It is advisable to cross Rohtang pass before 8.00 am as it gets blocked due to heavy snowfall. The best time to enjoy the picturesque beautiful Keylong is between June to September as by the end of the month October to mid of May, the temperature here decreases and blocks the routes.

 

The different monasteries, temples, tal makes this place different from others. The breath taking location and topography of Keylong offers best option for trekking, camping and biking for adventure lovers. There are numerous places to visit and explore in Keylong.

Kardhang Monastery:

Located at an altitude of 3500m  and at a distance of 8kms from Keylong, it is a famous Drukpa Lineage monastery. In Lahaul it occupies an important place for the spread of Buddhism. It is a perfect reflection of tradition, culture and art of this region.

It is a white building with a library of ancient Buddhist texts and weapons in its interiors. The monastery is decorated with prayer flags. There is a magnificent statue of Avalokitesvara. Kardhang is very well connected by road via Tandi bridge which is about 14kms away from Keylong. It is a perfect place for peace, relaxation and meditation.

Shashur Monastery:

A three storied monastery around 1.5km away from Keylong is Shashur Monastery which is raised at an altitude of 600 meters on a hill. Shashur Monastery was founded by Lama Deva Tyatsho of Zanaskar hence dedicated to a Zanskari Lama. It is vertically built and bordered by pretty blue pine trees. The chortens, prayers bells, traditional paintings, flags and prayer drums add beauty to it.  The invaluable wall paintings of 84 Siddhas of Buddhism and 5 meters long Thangka are the popular tourist attractions of the monastery. The best time to explore here is during June-July since the annual festival is held in this month where the famous Devil dance is performed with the colorful outfit and masked monks.

Suraj Tal:

Himachal is surrounded by mountains, tress, greenery etc and among all these numerous fascinating things, Suraj Tal is one such lake which mesmerizes all with its combo view of mountains with blue clean water. This makes it one of the most amazingly beautiful lake in the country. This calm lake is situated at an altitude of 4950m from the sea level. It is also called as The Surya Tal.

The holy divine dip in this water relieves one and clean from all sins hence it is considered as the lake of Sun God. It is the 3rd  highest in India and 21st highest in the world. It is located in the Bhaga Valley which is visible on the left side while driving on the NH-21 road from Keylong to Ladakh. From May to October, the roads are open but to enjoy the stunning half frozen way the best time is June month.

Suraj tal, at approx 4800 metres above sea level

 

The lake fascinates by its combo view of mountains with blue clean water which makes it one of the most amazingly beautiful lakes in the country and in winters the mountains are covered with snow. The temperature here is very low up to -27 degree Celcius. Though in summers the days are warm but night still remains cold.

Although the weather is unpredictable but the astonishing beauty of the lake can’t stop the travelers from visiting it. Trekking and Bike riding are the best adventure to begin with in the rough sloppy roads and crossing bridge and climbing adds an icing on top of the cake.

Triloknath Temple:

Situated in the extensive green valley in Udaipur, the sub division in Lahaul district of Himachal Pradesh, it is the District Head Quarter of Lahaul and Spiti. The temple is around 46km from Keylong, 146km from Manali and 16km from Udaipur.

It is considered as the third sacred pilgrim place after Kailash and Mansarovar. Also it is the only temple in the world where Hindus praise Triloknath deity as Lord Shiva and Buddhists praise the deity as Avalokiteshvar and give their respect to the same deity. The Chandra Bhaga valley flows by the temple to the western Himalayas.

During summer, buses, taxis can be hired to reach here while in winter helicopter is the only option to reach. April to November is the suitable time to visit this place. The stone temple is decorated with Tibetan prayer flags at the entrance. The constantly turning Buddhist prayer wheels, white marble Avalokiteshvar image adds beauty to the holy place.

You can stay in Manali and explore for few days and then move on to visit Keylong via Rohtang Pass since the travel time is too much. Princess Villa offers the best accommodation in Manali.

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