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After an hour, at around 2 PM, I proceeded towards Key Gompa. The sun was shining on top of my head but the winds couldn't let me feel the sun, it was about -15 degrees with the brightest sun in my one month stay in Spiti Valley.I reached Key Gompa during lunch time and saw a dozen of little lamas playing cricket. It was such a joy to watch them having fun. I visited Key Gompa twice, as it is closest to Kaza and most beautiful gompa in the entire Spiti Valley.I had lunch there and some conversation with lamas about weather conditions and how there was no snowfall till mid Jan. (You can read about how Langza miraculously transformed in a night)I came back to Kaza before dusk and trekked to Langza with a dozen of kids next day.Watch this space to know how I reached Langza on strecher (just kidding)!
During our stay in Kaza, we visited the famous ki Monastery, known as the highest monastery in the world. It is far from the hustle bustle of Kaza town and settles gracefully amidst the Spiti river valley on one side and snow packed mountains on another side.
5. KeeGompaJust hold on to your cup of tea and witness the most exquisite landscape of your life. The rivulets, cotton clouds, clear blue sky and a grand landscape in the midst of peaceful chants of hundreds of Tibetan monks. If you're lucky enough, this place will also provide you with a beautiful view of Milky Way Galaxy.Highest altitude: 4116 meters
1st July :- Last day evening while walking around the village I asked some of the natives about places to explore around the area, finally I decided to go to Key Monastery and Kibber next morning by taking Lift. Early morning I got the lift after waiting for half an hour and reached Key Monastery by 8 A.M. It is the largest monastery in Spiti and there I met a Lama who was very generous, he offered me tea and breakfast and asked me about suggestions to start some small scale business to help students of the monastery to get better education and facilities. He was truly inspirational and I was amazed by his will power. I cancelled my visit to Kibber & spend some more time there. After lunch I went back to Kaza & from there took the bus to Tabo. I stayed in Tabo that night and planned for the next day to explore the place.
• Explore the ways of monastic life or look around the Gompa.(Many foreigners stay and at night you can hang out with everyone at the cafe below the monastery)
Key Gompa/monastery: Key gompa is located at an altitude of 4116 metres on a rocky outcrop and provides a perfect view of the Spiti River snaking between the mountains. It is the largest gompa in Spiti and belongs to the Gelepu sect. It is situated between Kaza and Kibber with the Key village in close proximity. We arrived at 5.30pm and there was no bed left for stay. We requested and finally arranged beds to stay overnight. I decided to sleep in the terrace under the open sky, which will remain an unforgettable experience for me. We interacted with migrant workers from Odisha and Bihar who toil hard to keep the construction work going in this part of the country. The gompa has basic shared rooms with per bed cost of Rs 250 that includes food and tea. Do not expect fancy food and restroom facilities are basic. The stay is good for understanding the monastic life and to engage with monks on socio-political discussions.