Keylong Travel Guide

As much as it is true that Lahaul is not Spiti, it is true that Keylong is more than just a stopover point on your way to Ladakh. With unmatchable beauty in store, adventurous things to do, and a lot more than that; Keylong is a place worth visiting. Here is a complete Keylong Travel Guide that can help you in planning your trip to the “Land of Monasteries” in a better way. All the important points are covered in Keylong travel guide.

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location Location of Keylong

Keylong is a mesmerizing destination that is beautifully nestled on the Manali-Leh highway at an astonishing altitude of 3350 m. This is a petit hamlet that is referred to as the Land of Gods and is located in the Lahaul- Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh in India. 

This hamlet is located in proximity to the Kardang Monastery which is also one of the most important and amongst the largest monasteries in the Lahaul district. 

Tourist Attractions in Keylong

Keylong is one of those high-altitude destinations of Himachal Pradesh that is only accessible during summers. It is open for roughly 4-5 months throughout the year. Apart from that, Keylong remains inaccessible throughout the year due to heavy snowfall. While visiting this beautiful hamlet, these are the other attractions you shouldn’t miss out on:

  • Tandi offers Chandra & Bagha river’s confluence
  • Natural Beauty and fauna around the Chandra in Sissu
  • Ancient Forts and ruins in Gondola
  • Mikula Devi Temple in Udaipur
  • Kardang Monastery
  • Gemur Gompa
  • Guru Ghantal

Best Time to Visit in Keylong

The best time to visit Keylong is during the summer season, which is between June and October. Apart from these 5-months, this hamlet is cut off from Himachal Tourism due to heavy snowfall. Its altitude and location make it difficult to visit here during the other months of the year.

How to Reach in Keylong

Keylong is situated in the Lahaul district towards Ladakh. Here is how you can reach Keylong:

By Air: There is no airport in Keylong and the nearest air station is in Kullu (Bhuntar). The airport is approximately 71 km from Keylong and you can hire a cab or taxi from the airport to your destination. You can also prefer taking a bus.

By Rail: There are two railway stations near Keylong. AMB Andaura and Pathankot are 133 km and 134 km away from the hamlet respectively.

By Road: Keylong is approximately 650 km from Delhi, 115 km from Manali, and you can get interstate buses from the national capital. Moreover, there are regular intercity buses that ply to and from Chandigarh and other cities in Himachal Pradesh. You can also plan on a road trip in your vehicle if adventure is what you are looking for.

Where to Stay in Keylong

There are a few hotels, guest houses, and homestays available in Keylong. If you wish to stay at the majestic Keylong then here are the best options to stay. 

  • Hotel Tashi Delek
  • Hotel Dekyid
  • The Nomads Cottage
  • Nordling Guest House

Fairs and Festivals

Being a part of Lahaul and Spiti, Keylong shares and celebrates all the fairs and festivals that are celebrated in this region. Some of the festivals that are celebrated in this hamlet with a lot of zeal are:

  • Ladarcha Fair
  • Tribal Fair Keylong
  • Pauri Fair
  • Festival of Lights
  • Tsheshu Fair
  • Fagli
  • Gochi

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