According to popular belief, this monastery was founded in the 11th century by an renowned ancient translator Lochen Rinchen Zangpo. It is situated at Nako village, around 6 hours away from Manali. The monastery is also known as the Lotsava Jhakang, which means complex of the translator. Situated by the Nako Lake, this serene monastery has been constructed on the pattern of the famous Tabo Monastery, in Spiti Valley, and is divided into four halls or chapels. The gate of the monastery is engraved with intricate patterns. 

Inspired by Vajrayana Buddhism, the monastery invites people from far and wide. Its walls are adorned with beautiful paintings. The Nako Monastery is also said to house several idols made of clay and metal, along with stupas and a collection of scriptures (Kangyur) that have direct teachings of Lord Buddha.

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