Land of Monasteries
Keylong is located on the banks of River Bhaga, in the Lahaul and Spiti district. It is also the administrative center of the district, and houses most of the Government offices in Lahaul Valley. Keylong was rightly described by Rudyard Kipling as “surely the Gods live here, this is no place for men”, owing to the stunning beauty of the snow-capped mountains, the meandering valleys and the ancient Buddhist monasteries.
Keylong is about 71 km from Manali, along the Manali-Leh Highway (NH 21) through the Atal Tunnel. It lies about 7 km from the intersection of Chandra, Bhaga, and Chenab river valleys. Keylong is the most populated place in Lahaul, and has been an important center of Tibetan Buddhism from ancient times. It houses many Buddhist Gompas including the famous Kardang Monastery and also a few Hindu temples.
The valley is a pitstop for travelers to Ladakh, Pangi Valley and Lahaul. Popular activities in Keylong include camping, hiking, Mountain biking, Mountain Pass trekking and river rafting. Keylong is open throughout the year after the opening of Atal Tunnel in 2020. Keylong has the best market in Lahaul and Spiti district, where you can buy shawls, jackets, and other essentials. There are many food stalls serving Tibetan and North Indian cuisine.