Pictures and articles from ancient tribal rituals to Buddhism in Spiti Valley

Tabo Monastery of Spiti. Built in 996CE by a Tibetan translator, Rinchen Zangpo, it is known to be the oldest Buddhist Monastery in India and the Himalayas.

Himalayas’ Oldest Buddhist Monastery

With its thirty six life size clay statues, Tabo Monastery is a national treasure and is also called as the Ajanta of the Himalayas. As you enter Spiti from Kin...
Dhangkar Gompa (also known as Dhangkhar, Dhankar) is an old buddhist monastery on top of a fragile mountain cliff at 3900m in the Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh.

Dhankar Gompa

Dhankar Gompa, built on top of a very fragile mountain cliff at an altitude of 3894m above sea level, has an overwhelming view of the confluence of Spiti and Pi...
Life in Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India

Photo : Key Monastery, Spiti

At an elevation of 4,166 metres Key or Ki is the biggest monastery in Spiti valley with over 100 monks. It belongs to the Gelug sect of Buddhism. This mona...
Every sunday, people of Mane Yongma village gather in the village temple to chant a Buddhist Manta for few hours. © Himanshu Khagta

Sunday evening prayer for a temple

People of Mane Yongma village wants to construct a temple in the village. The monk told them to gather once a week and chant this buddhist mantra for few hours ...
Monks of Dhankar monastery going for the Cham dance in Mane Yongma village. © Himanshu Khagta

Monks going for the Cham dance

After every four years, villagers from Mane Yongma and Mane Gongma invite the monks from Dhankar monastery to perform a special prayer for them. They choose a h...
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