Keylong – small and
beautiful town and headquarter of Lahul district in Indian state of Himachal
Pradesh. Distance from Manali 115 K.M through Rohtang-Pass, and distance from
Kaza is 187 K.M, situated on 3,300 meter above sea level. Lahul region famous
for rough and cool desert, Keylong seems like an oasis into desert surrounded
by willow and poplar trees.
Amazing view of ‘Lady of Keylong’ is visible from town.
Take a short trip to Khardang Gompa
(11,300 ft. above sea level), distance only 6 K.M from town across the Bhaga
River. Another attraction is Shashur
Gompa Monastery situated on 3 K.M away from Keylong town surrounded by far
trees, this was founded in 17th century. Again go another 3 K.M
forward to Tayul villge and 6 K.M from Keylong. Tayul Gompa or Tayul monastery
located in this village, a giant statue of Guru Padmasamvaba located here.
Now time to go outside of town, visit Jispa and Darcha
village, distance only 20 kms north from Keylong to Jispa through Leh-Manali
highway along with Bhaga River.
Visit Jispa helipad, Jispa monastery,
and folk museum at Jispa, drive another 7 kms north for Darcha.
See my previous travelogue
Nordaling Guest House:
This is more of a homestay, bed and breakfast kind of a place in Keylong, located
close to the bus stop, upper Keylong. Rooms are comfortable and cozy, built
within green fields of vegetables and fruits. Breathtaking views of Himalaya
will be on the backdrop of this homestay. Food is good in taste and hygienic
also gives quick services with garden fresh veggies.
Nearest airport is
Kullu (KUU) or Bhuntar airport, only Air India plays flights from Delhi to
Nearest railway station is Chandigarh (CDG), number of
direct trains are available from Delhi, Mumbai. From Chandigarh take HRTC buses
to Keylong, shared jeeps and exclusive cars are also available.
Keylong also can be reached from Delhi, take overnight bus
from Delhi to Manali (distance about 400 kms), or from Delhi to Kullu (distance
about 507 kms). Then take bus of car from Manali, Kullu to Keylong.
Summer season (end of
May to October) is best tome to visit Keylong, rest of the time this area
became detached from rest of the world due to heavy snowfall.