Keylong is the headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. The region is strange, exciting, primitive mountainous and delightful. Rudyard Kipling said of the region “Surely the God live here this no place for men.” The route to Lahaul takes a traveler over Rohtang Pass (3980 ml), Koksar (1st village of Lahaul) Sissu, Gondla and crossing the river Chandra Bhaga at Tandi.Keylong is cut off from the outside world from November to June, due to heavy snowfall.
HOW TO REACH
Nearest airport is Bhunter, 175 km from Keylong.
The nearest railhead is at Jogindernagar, 250 km away.
By road the distance is 115 km from Manali, 188 km from Kaza, 373 km from Leh, 435 km from Chandigarh and 690 km from Delhi.
WHAT TO SEE
The hamlet of Tandi is situated at the confluence of the Chandra and Bhaga rivers, which merge to form the Chandra-Bhaga or Chenab River. The roads from Tandi lead to Keylong, Udaipur and Koksar. There are many villages near Tandi which offer excellent opportunities for learning about the unique cultural setting of the Lahaul Valley.
This beautiful spot is 22 kms away from Keylong and 4 kms ahead of Ghemur. The village is situated at the junction of two
nullahs with the main river Bhaga. Jispa has a very large dry river-bed, a rarity in Lahaul. Juust on the edge of the river Bhaga is a small PWD rest house. Near this the river is shallow and plenty of trout fish can be caught during summers. The place is virtually an angler’s delight. Good juniper plantation is around this village.
This gompa, 3km from Keylong, belongs to the Gelukpa order and is dedicated to a Zanskari lama. It was built in the 16th century and it has a famous 5m long thangka. It has an important festival in June or July, which is known for its mask dancing.
This gompa was established in the 12th century by the Gelukpa order. It has a big statue of the Buddha, some nice paintings, some old prayer drums and a library with ancient manuscripts in it. Khardong is the former capital of Lahaul. On the other side of the Bhaga River is a path that comes here.
This village is situated on the right bank of the river Chandra at an altitude of 3130m. The village is located on a broad flat ground above the Chandra river. Good plantations of willows and poplars on both sides of the road are so dense during summers that at places even the sun rays fail to penetrate. The terraces are green with potato, peas, barley and buck wheat. Wild roses of white, yellow and red hues with expanses of alpine flowers deck the slopes in an unforgettable feast of colours.
Keylong is famous for local Shawls made of pure wool. Apart from this Keylong and Spiti Vallry offers local Tweeds and the shops in Keylong will offer you variety of Caps, Sliver jewellery, Rugs, Pullovers, Footwear, Fresh fruit, Natural oil (olive and almond), Woolen jackets, Metal craft, and Bamboo products.
There are few good restaurants in the city and you can also try the restaurants at the luxury hotels. The Chander Bhaga Hotel is good Hotel in Keylong.