Photographer's Note

The town of Kaza, Kaze or Kaja is the subdivisional headquarters of the remote Spiti Valley valley in the Lahaul and Spiti district of the state of Himachal Pradesh in the Western Himalayas of India. Spiti, which is a part of the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal, is a high altitude desert having close similarities to the neighbouring Tibet and Ladakh regions in terms of terrain, climate and the Buddhist culture. Kaza, situated along the Spiti River river at an elevation of 3,800 metres (12,500 ft) above mean sea level, is the largest township and commercial center of the valley.

Ki Monastery is located very near to Kaza on the left bank of Spiti river. Its located at a height of appx 4115m. The gompa(monastery) has a rare collection of thangka paintings and ancient musical instruments like cyambals, drums and trumpets.

It is the biggest monastery of Spiti Valley and a religious training centre for Lamas.

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