The high altitude Manali-Leh road connects the densely fertile Kulu valley to the stark barren region of Ladakh. The drive from Manali to Jispa (approx. 6 - 7 hrs), winds up mountain roads to the Rohtang Pass at 3,980 metres from where there are stunning panoramas of the array of snow peaks and glaciers.
Jispa, with an altitude of 3,200 metres, is located in the Lahaul Valley and is a pleasant hamlet next to the Bhaga river, offering some of the most scenic and remote views in India. This tranquil village is surrounded by lofty peaks and has a small, friendly community.
Jispa has its own monastery but visitors often make time to see the Gemur Gompa Buddhist monastery, four kilometres from Jispa. The 700-year-old monastery contains ancient Buddhist artefacts dating back to the 11th century including fascinating miniature paintings. Visitors who come to the monastery in July are privy to the ‘devil dance’ - a ritualistic performance which monks believe drives out evil and brings about good fortune.
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