Kye Gompa, also known as Kye Monastery is a prominent Tibetan Buddhist Monastery (monastery of the Gelugpa sect). Kye Gompa is a Tibetan Buddhist located on top of a hill at an altitude of 4,166 meters (13,668 ft) above sea level, close to the Spiti River, in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh, Lahual, and Spiti district, India. Considered to be one of the most important centers of Buddhist learning. Kye Gompa is renowned for its exquisite architecture, stunning frescoes, and a remarkable collection of ancient Buddhist scriptures, rare thangkas (Buddhist paintings), and other sacred relics.

The monastery was founded in the 11th century and is one of the most important centers of Buddhist learning in the Himalayas. It is a key pilgrimage site for both Buddhists and Hindus, attracting visitors from all over the world.

It is the largest monastery of the Spiti Valley and a religious training center for lamas. It reportedly had 100 monks in 1885.

Kye Gompa is an impressive complex of building and temples, including a prayer hall, a library and several monk’s quarters. The main prayer hall is decorated with beautiful murals and other important figures in Buddhist history.

One of the most striking features of the monastery is its location on a rocky hilltop overlooking the Spiti River. The views from the Kye Gompa are breathtaking, with snow-covered stretching out in all directions. Visitors to Kye Monastery can participate in meditation sessions and prayers ceremonies and can also take part in cultural activities such as traditional dance and music performances. The monastery is open to visitors year-round, although access may be limited during the winter months due to heavy snowfall.

The monastery is dedicated to Lochen Tulku, the 24th reincarnation  of the great translator Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo.

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