Legendary Rudyard Kipling once said in regards to Keylong that “It is for sure that God lives here; this is not a place for men”. Keylong, generally called Kyelong or Kyelang, is the district headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti, found in the dazzling state of Himachal Pradesh. This spot is one that seems closest to the divine beings for it is home to some religious groups, especially Buddhism. This town is no less than an oasis in the desert as it rests between the white snow clad mountains and the forlorn mountains.
A shrouded pearl of the beguiling Kullu Valley, Keylong is still practically untouched by the commercialization of human settlements. It is an offbeat holidaying destination close to Manali, particularly renowned among the biking clubs and solo explorers. If you refer to any Manali Travel Guide, you definitely will see a mention of this gorgeous piece of land in it. Read ahead to know more about Keylong and its major attractions. You are going to fall in love!
Kardang Monastery – It is owned and run by the Drukpa (red cap) association of Tibetan Buddhism. This monastery sits steadily on a slope of a mountain in Keylong. It is 5 kms from Keylong and its origination goes back to the twelfth century. It is known for its works in Kangya and Tangyar volumes of Buddhist holy compositions.
Tandi – Tandi is a famous town in Keylong, situated at an elevation of 2573 m. This spot is exactly 8 km from Keylong, and is located over the meeting points of the rivers Chandra and Bhaga. As indicated by one of the fascinating legends connected with the foundation of this spot, Chandra, the offspring of the Moon God and Bhaga, the daughter of the Sun God loved each other. Legend has it that they both eloped and got married at this very spot. What a perfect spot to say “I Do” to your dream mate, no?
Shashur Gompa – Shashur Gompa is dedicated to a Zanskari Lama. Chimes, chortens, flags and customary masterful creations make this monastery an attractive spot that consistently has been attracting a lot of footfall in Keylong. In the months of June to July, a captivating Devil Dance is performed by the brilliantly dressed friars.
Antiquated Fort at Gondla – This is an eight storied Fort built in 1700 AD, built on the banks of River Chandra. The King of Gondla still lives in this fantastic fort. The town is populated with Lamas and they have a yearly celebration in the town in July. The fort is 18 kms from Keylong and the Gompas around this place have a considerable amount of prominence here.
Apart from the above mentioned spots, you can also attempt different recreational and daring exercises in Keylong. The most sought after adventure activities incorporate names like trekking, mountaineering, angling, rock climbing, skiing, and so forth.
How to Reach?
The closest air terminal to Keylong is the Bhuntar Airport in Kullu, found 170 km from this spot. You can also hire a Chandigarh to Manali taxi, if coming by road, and after reaching Manali, stay there for a night, enjoying the sublime atmosphere of the hill station, and the next day, start from Manali to reach Keylong in a matter of 4 hours.
P.S: Keylong is cut from the world during the months of end of October to mid-May as the overpowering snowfalls in the Rohtang pass cuts off all road transport during that time. So plan accordingly.