Saturday, August 3, 2013

Kee/ Ki Monastery, a 11th century monastery in Himachal Pradesh India

Kee Monastery
This Tibetan monastery is located in a place called Kee or Ki in Himachal Pradesh in India. The best way to reach Kee is by road. It is around 12 kms from Kaza. Located at an altitude of 13,700 feet, Kee monastery dates back to the 11th century.

This monastery has survived a lot of attacks and destruction over the years, it has been repaired and revived to some extent by the Archaeological Survey of India.

The monastery walls has a lot of paintings and murals.There is a very good collection of books and Buddha's images in this monastery. The ground floor houses the assembly hall and living quarters for monks, and the floor underground is used for storage purposes. Somehow Kee reminds me of Ladakh. The landscape looks so much like Ladakh.

I will continue to bring some of these less visited destinations in Himachal Pradesh in the next couple of posts. This post is a part of a series of posts on my cousin's Himachal Pradesh trip.

Kee monastery
Himachal Pradesh
India
Kee monastery

A mug shot of the paintings on the
wall:)
Kee Monastery


View from Kee
Monastery

11 comments:

Indrani said...

Such wonderful places to be visited, i hope i will get chance. Great shots.

Tomichan Matheikal said...

OMG, you keep alluring me to HP.

Aditi said...

Lovely captures. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to more brilliant reads about off beat places in HP

Jiggyasa said...

They say that around 250 monks reside inside this monastry..infact it is one of the biggest monastry of the spiti valley.

very nice post ranjana :)

Solitary Reaper said...

So glad to have across this post Ranjana! Loved your write-up and the beautiful photographs! Now this monastery enters my must-visit list! :)

Prasad Np said...

Beautiful pictures...

sugandha said...

something i would love to add on my must-visit list...

Ranjana Jha said...

@Indrani, Solitary Reaper, Aditi, Tomichan, Sugandha Yes, these places certainly warrant a visit. They are simply out of the world!Thanks so much!

Ranjana Jha said...

@Jiggyasa, Yes this monastery has a rich history,there is so much to see and do. A lifetime is not enough!


@Prasad, Thanks so much!

Peter Vredeveld said...

Wow, I love the scenery of Kee Monastery.
It is impressive that this monastery totally survives the time when Buddhism was totally disappearing from India.
The scenery just blew my mind. Amazing

Ranjana Jha said...

Thanks, Peter. Yes, this monastery is indeed quite unique....