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Dhankar Monastery Lahaul Spiti

Dhankar Monastery is a Buddhist monastery located 24 km from Kaza in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Built nearly one thousand years ago, the sanctuary serves the eastern part of central Spiti. Dhankar is a big village and was the capital of the Spiti Kingdom in the 17th century. There are about 100 Lamas in Dhankar Monastery, in the position of Buddhist scriptures in the Bhoti language.

Perched at 12774 feet above sea level, the Dhankar monastery belongs to the Gelugspa School of order. The monastery serves as the residence of over 150 monks. The monastery also has a collection of crumbling 'thangka' sculptures. The prime figure adorning the monastery is a statue of Vairochana (Dhayan Buddha). Comprising 4 complete figures seated back-to-back, it has relics in the form of paintings and sculptures.

There are various places of interest near the Dhankar Monastery. Placed in the monastery's south is a national park, home to exotic faunal species like the snow leopard. Set majestically on a clay hill above Shichilling village is the grand Dhankar Castle. Below the Castle, a new monastery has been constructed. Around 2 km behind the Dhankar village is a natural lake at about 13500 feet.

The Dhankar Monastery can be reached easily by air, rail, and road. The nearest airport is Shimla, while the closest railhead is at Kalka. In addition, you can avail of buses, jeeps, and taxis from Shimla and Rampur to reach the monastery conveniently.

Apart from this monastery, you can explore many other tourist attractions on your Himachal vacation by booking a Spiti tour with us. We at Indian Holiday offer Spitil tour packages that give you the best of this region. So contact us now and plan your holiday in your style as we allow you to modify the tour.


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