A daycation to Key Monastery, Spiti Valley !!!

‘ Is this your first visit? ‘ A deep yet soothing voice distracted us.

A middle aged Monk clad in typical maroon colored attire was standing right besides us. His smiling eyes continued the conversation.

We were at the largest and one of the oldest monastery of Spiti region – ‘Key Monastery’, more commonly referred as Kye Gompa and it’s founded by Dromton around 1100 CE.

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Placed on top, the Key Monastery as visible from a distance!!

 

As is with other monasteries in the region, this also had impressive murals, paintings, artifacts and above all an extremely warm and friendly Monk who was more than happy to share information.

You might wonder the oddly pleasing structure of the Monastery, well the credit goes to repetitive Mongol attacks that began in 14th century. Not just that later the Monastery also survived the wars in 1830s and 1840s but stood strong resulting in box like structure. The formidable structure at an altitude of 4166 mtrs still looks impressive.

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Welcome to Key!! with Untraveled Routes

The monastery also serves as a training center.And close to 300 monks reside in the Monastery. And yes there is accommodation available for travelers, peace seekers and explorers alike.

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Behind the scenes!! Preparation for prayers in progress…at Key Monastery

The encore is that you might witness young cute looking monks playing a football match.

The Surroundings

Right before one enters the Monastery, there is a small restaurant serving snacks, tea etc.

Suggestions

Do carry a good pair of Binoculars. We covered Kye Monastery during a day visit from Kaza (16 kms approx), we witnessed Golden Eagle, The Red Fox, Yaks and many such beautiful sights to remember. We also visited Kibber Village, the highest motorable village in the world but will cover that in separate post. This one is dedicated to ‘Key’!!!

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Further Readings –

The 11 day road trip to Spiti with 11 months old baby boy!!

Super Seven Things about Spiti Valley you need to know!!

A virtual Road Trip to Spiti via Shimla!!

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13 thoughts on “A daycation to Key Monastery, Spiti Valley !!!

  1. What a stunning place – the structure and it’s surrounds. And I am sure the ambience is peaceful and soothing. I would love to see the young monks playing football … A lovely post. Thank you.

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    • Thank you so much dear for your kind and encouraging words. We wanted to capture that too but the young monks were not very comfortable with the camera.

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      • I’m so glad you didn’t take pictures of the young monks – one of the things that bothers me about modern life is the lack of regard for how people feel about having their pictures taken. You have a very good attitude.

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      • That’s true Osyth…You spoke my mind. Wherever we travel we make sure to ask for permission especially shooting people…. Quite often we ourselves take a call… But don’t intend to make people feel uncomfortable about it.

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      • A fine and all to rare attitude indeed 🙏🏼

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  2. Looks amazing from the distance. No wonder, it is majestic!

    Good to know they have accommodation for travelers, i was wondering about the same 🙂

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  3. This is so beautiful 😊👍

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  4. What an amazing trip you’ve had. Spectacular scenery and sights.

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  5. Never been but would love to experience the serenity that can be seen/felt from your photos. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. wow nice post

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  7. Pingback: 7 reasons why road trip to Spiti will leave you spoiled !!! | Untraveled Routes

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