Lahaul and Spiti is the remote Himalayan
valleys of Himachal Pradesh, lying on the Indo-Tibet border. A high
altitude cold desert, the region is dotted with famous monasteries,
villages like little green oases in a stark, brown and dry landscape,
miles of rolling pastures, 6000m peaks and swollen rivers which
turn into mere trickles in winter. It is a fascinating land for
Buddhist art and culture. Among these glaciers, high ridges, broad
valleys, pastures is situated world famous Dhankar Monastery. Dhankar
situated on the altitude of 12,774 feet above the sea level, south
of Kaza around 24 kms. It was traditional Capital of Spiti valley
date back to 17the century. The Dhankar Castle is sets picturesquely
on a clay hill above Shichilling village. Now new monastery has
already constructed below the Castle. There is a natural Lake at
about 13,500 feet. Behind the village around 2kms. The Dhankar monastery
belongs to Gelugspa School of order. The Gompa has over 150 monks,
some fascinating 'thangka' sculptures and a statue of the 'Dhyan
Buddha'. Some of the Gompas were destroyed during a particularly
harsh winter in 1989. Principal figure is a Statue of " Vairochana"
(Dhayan Budha) consisting of 4 complete figures seated back to back.
It has relics in the shape of paintings and sculptures.