10. Key Monastery, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Key Monastery is the biggest and oldest Buddhist monastery in Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is located at an altitude of 4166 meters above sea level. The monastery has been originally founded by a famous discipline teacher named Dromton in the 11th century. Today it is a home for around 300 Lamas for the religious studies.
More than a religious center, the Key Monastery is widely known for its scenic location. The Spiti valley is one of the most beautiful location in the Himalayas. The image of Key Monastery may look like a beautiful painting if you see it for the first time. Because the scenic valley, river and snow capped mountains and the glacier surrounding it seem not to be real.
The route to the Spiti valley is also breathtaking. You can see incredible rock formations and beautiful mountains while heading towards the Spiti valley. The atmosphere at Key Monastery is very calm and quiet. It is a three storey building. The ancient murals and weapons are the main attractions of the Key Monastery. It is also home to many incredible images of Gautama Buddha in Dyana position.