Perched high up at an altitude of close to 12,000 feet, Kaza is a remote village in the Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by cold, snow-clad mountains on all sides, silence prevails in this place at all times. It’s one of those places where a traveller can sit and enjoy stunning views for hours, and experience the slow and relaxed way of life for a few days. With a predominant Buddhist population, Kaza is home to the 14th century Tangyud Gompa, which is built beautifully in the form of an ancient fortified castle. The mud walls of the gompa are massive in size and slanted in shape. There are battlements with vertical red ochre and white vertical stripes. Located at the edge of a deep canyon, the gompa offers unparalleled views of Kaza and the surrounding landscape.