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Lhalung

Around 12 km northeast of Dhankar lies the tiny traditional hamlet of Lhalung, worth-visiting for its monastery that belongs to the medieval times. Lying hidden in the Spiti valley, lhalung means ‘Land of God’, and this village is placed in the foothills of the Tangmar, which is known to change its color, depending on the mood of the deities. While red means anger, yellow means happiness. The locals of this village are warm and friendly

Do visit the Lhalung monastery, also known as Sarkhang and Golden Temple. One of the oldest monasteries in the Spiti valley, it lies at an altitude of 3658 m above the sea level. The gompa is accessible through Kaza and Komic. Another attractions is the main with wonderful old murals and stunning ornate carved wooden back frieze. Then, there is Langkharpo chapel with a distinct four-sided statue of the white deity on the top of a podium of snow lions. Spot the skin prayer wheel in the side chapel.

Accommodation in Lhalung comprises of decent homestays with basic facilities, serving three home-cooked meals to the guests. You can interact with the locals and have a sneak-peak into their peaceful lifestyle, away from the chaos of the city. The best time to visit this place in the summer months as the part is covered with snow during the winters.