Kibber is a picturesque little village on the higher regions of Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh. Also known as Kyibar, Kibber is known for the Kibber Monastery and the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary. This small, recluse village is made of only 80 houses with approximately 366 residents.
Standing at a height of 4270 metres, Kibber is known as the highest motorable village in the world. Surrounded by the Himalayas, this village attracts a large number of tourists every year for trekking and mountaineering. It is also a preferred camping destination during summers.
Situated on the banks of Spiti River, Tabo is a tiny town in Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. The cold desert town sits at an elevation of 10,760 feet and is surrounded by scree slopes and snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. Known for its serene and tranquil beauty, Tabo is a must-see spot for those who are looking for an offbeat adventure. The town is approximately 40 kilometers away from the border between India and Tibet, and you are bound to come across it when travelling by road from Kaza to Reckong Peo.The most famous attractions in Tabo include a 1000-year-old monastery, which is considered as one of the holiest by the Dalai Lama himself. The list also includes several temples, and some ancient caves, which were once inhabited by Buddhist monks who wanted to take shelter from the harsh winters.
Located close to India’s eye-catching Spiti river in the Spiti Valley, the Key Monastery is one of the must-visit places in Himachal Pradesh. Also known as the Kye Gompa or Ki and Kee Monastery, the spectacular Tibetan Buddhist Monastery is located on a picturesque hilltop at an altitude of 4,166 meters above the sea level. The 1000-year-old monastery which dates back to 1100 CE is also the largest in Lahaul and Spiti district of India. The magnificent Key Monastery is believed to have been established by Dromtön (Brom-ston, 1008-1064 CE) who was a student of Atisha, a famous teacher of the 11th century.
Also called as Dankhar,Drangkhar and Dhangkar Gompa, this monastery is at a sky-touching height of 12,774 Ft. Dhankar Monastery is beautifully built 1000ft above the ground on the cliff edge, to give you a 360-degree view of the whole Spiti valley. It stores a statue of Dhyan Buddha along with a museum. Dhangkar Gompa is featured in the world’s 100 most endangered monuments.
Kunzum Pass is a beautiful mountain pass in the Kunzum Range of Himalayas. Located in the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 15,060 feet above sea level, the Kunzum Pass is a breathtaking sight to behold. One of the exciting features of the pass is the fifteen hairpin turns along the way. Though these turns present a beautiful view of the roads, they make the Pass a testing ground for the driving skills of the travelers. Adventure drivers and bikers often visit the Pass who look forward to experiencing the thrill.