Visit Himachal Pradesh on your Buddhist tourism and explore the Kungri Gompa which houses a number of Buddhist attractions like silk paintings of Buddhist deities and sacred Tibetan Buddhist texts
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Kungri Monastery, HP

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Kungri gompa is located around 10 km from Attargo and 3 km from Gulling in Pin Valley. Attargo itself is located around 12 km from the subdivisional district headquarter of Spiti. The river Spiti has to be crossed in order to reach the Pin Valley, most of which has been declared a National Park.

The gompa does not merely holds the distinction of being the second oldest one in the Spiti valley, rather it also happens to be the only gompa following the Nyingmapa Buddhism in the valley. Nyingmapa is the oldest order of Tibetan Buddhism.

The Kungri gompa was erected in the first half of the 14th century, around 1330 and consists of three separate rectangular blocks, all of which stand facing the eastern direction. Recently, Kungri gompa ganied a lot of attention because of the foreign aid it received for its renovation work. However, despite renovation work, the gompa provides the strong impact of the tantric cult that held sway over the Pin valley in the bygone era.

Within the gompa, attractions include silk paintings of various Buddhist deities on the inner walls, huge statues and over 300 volumes of the sacred Tibetan texts, Kenjur and Tenjur preserved carefully in white muslin.

The monastery also has the buzhens performing a sword dance. The buzhens are wandering friars some of who live in the Mud village on the right bank of the Pin river.

Kungri Gompa
The Devil Dance is performed in this monastery during the month of June or July.

A subdivision of the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, Spiti is a cold desert where monsoon rain have never come. The striking beauty of this place marked by narrow valleys and high mountains forced even a renowned writer like Rudyard Kipling to term it " a world within world' and 'a place where gods live'.

A major attractions of Spiti is the Pin valley which is home to some of its important monasteries. Amongst these, the Kungri Gompa is extremely important. For tourists desirous of visiting the Kungri Gompa, accommodation is available at Kaza, Sagnam, Gulling, and Tabo.

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How to Reach
Attargo can be reached from both Shimla as well as Manali. The Manali route is open between July to October depenpding on the weather conditions and passes through Rohtang Pass, Kunzum La, Losar, Rangrik to lead upto Kaza and then Attargo.

The second route is from Shimla till Sumdo, via Narkanda, Rampur Bushehr and Pooh in Kinnaur. From Sumdo, take the state Highway of Spiti valley to reach Attargo via Tabo.

From Attargo, the Kungi Gompa can be easily reached on foot.

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