Around 12 km northeast of Dhankar lies the tiny traditional hamlet of Lhalung, worth visiting for its monastery that belongs to the medieval times. It is a gem of Spiti Valley, and 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.
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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 sea level. The gompa is accessible through Kaza and Komic. Another attraction is the main, with incredible 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 decent homestays with basic facilities, serving three home-cooked meals to the guests. You can interact with the locals and have a sneak peek into their peaceful lifestyle, away from the chaos of the city. The best time to visit this place is in the summer as the part is covered with snow during the winter.