Key Tourism & Travel Guide

14 Days
Spiti Valley, Himachal (Tabo - Kaza - Key/Kye - Kibber - Komic-Kaza-Kunzum Pass-Rohtang Pass-Manali)

Between Sumdo and Tabo! Read part II of the series here.Tabo: Tabo is situated in the flood plain...

Vineet Kumar
Spiti Diaries ( Day 5 ) Chicham-Key Gompa - Komik - Hikkim

In last post we reached Kibber and found a place to pitch our tents. Then we started trekking to ...

Prakriti Varshney
The Gompas of Spiti valley-Key-Kibber-Dhankar

In Tibetan, Gompa or Gumbas mean a remote place which are universities associated with Tibetan Bu...

Wandering post-its
Kinnaur, Lahaul Spiti and Kullu

Chitkul turned out to be a big surprise for me. It is the last village on the Indian side. Appare...

Rahul Burman
10 Incredible Drives Around The World That Need To Be On Your Bucket List

The idea of the journey is, arguably, more romantic, more important, than the destination. Poets,...

Priyam Bagga
8 Days
Monastery stay at Spiti Valley & Exploring the cold desert

Our trip started from Mumbai and route was: Mumbai-Chandigarh-Manali-Rohtang Pass-Batal-Kaza (Spi...


Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,October,November,December
Simla is the capital and the largest city of the northern India state of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala being the other ca...
Best time to visit - August,September,October,November
Chandigarh is India's first planned city, quite distinct from the rest of the country and considerably better organized....
Best time to visit - June to September
This beautiful town happens to be located in Jammu & Kashmir and is an abode for those who wish to pursue Buddhism. The ...
Best time to visit - March,April,May,October,November
Dehradun is the capital city of Uttarakhand, a state in the northern part of India. Located in the Garhwal region, Dehra...
Best time to visit - February,March,April,October
The land from where once an ancient trade route to China would be embarked on, Manali is an abode for modern creativity ...
Best time to visit - April,May,June,July
Scenic and serene, Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh is perhaps one of the most unexplored places in Himachal. Passing through...

About Key

Reaching Kye: Daypack strapped in, I headed out into the morning sunshine. From the Kaza petrol pump I turned left, pausing for a quick breakfast of tea and noodles (Rupees 60) at a shack. I kept walking, taking in the clean, dry air and sunshine. The Spiti river snaked past to my left, a ribbon of pure azure. There were dust clouds in the distance, and the only constant sound was the wind. I took the road that forked off toward Kye and Kibber, and soon heard the sound of a large car behind me. The huge 4x4 with prayer flags and rally stickers screeched to a stop and out popped two friendly faces. These two gents were driving from Delhi till Ladakh but wanted to cover the high-altitude vilages in Spiti first. “Hop in, we’ll drop you till Kibber,” they smiled. Along the way, they offered rides to a couple of old ladies out carrying vegetables. Soon I was sitting alongside baskets filled with spinach and pumpkins, listening to the gentle sound of elderly laughter. At the first glimpse of the monastery at Kye I thanked the lads for the ride, and walked up to the village on foot. The 900-year old monastery against the backdrop of the inky blue October sky came into my field of view. It was breathtaking.Inside Kye: A young Lama welcomed me inside the ancient mud fort. The inner sanctum of Kye was closed, but I was let in to light an incense. The monastery complex has been built into the side of the mountain over centuries. Each of its cavernous rooms, hewn out of mud and stone through many years, are interconnected through narrow steps and soot-lined passageways. I saw ancient meditation chambers built long ago, and sat in contented silence. The only sounds were the blowing wind and chants in the distance, the heady smell of Tibetan incense swirling around me. It was magic.Lama ji invited me into the main kitchen of the monastery, a rare privilege. I sat in the stone-lined room, while the young monk poured me a mug full of warm herbal tea. I thanked him for the hospitality and promised to return someday. On my way out I saw something incredible. Two monks were singing a hymn while a third danced in a whirling motion. They were oblivious to the world, focused on the song and dance as if in a trance.I watched and felt a deep sense of gratitude at being allowed a glimpse into the life of these gentle monks and their thousand-year-old monastic abode. To experience this life was a privilege, one that is perhaps best preserved in the mind’s eye. Taking photos felt like an utterly touristy, intrusive thing to do. So I sat and watched in silence.

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Best time to visit Key is from January to May

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