Kaza, the sub-divisional headquarters of Spiti District is situated on the left bank of the Spiti River at an altitude of about 12,500 ft. above sea level. The village is overlooked by steep ridges. This soporific place hums with activity of tourists especially during summers. They gather to witness the annual trade fair that is similar to the fairs in some of the 'gompa' towns of Ladakh. Both these places, Kaza and Ladakh- have similar geographical and cultural similarities. Besides, Kaza makes an ideal base camp for all treks and tours within the valley. It has one of the two Sa- kya- pa sect monasteries apart from Hikkim, Komik and Langja monasteries. The site also encloses the monastery of Dhankar. In local parlance, a 'Dhankar' is a fort, and that is what this monastery used to be. Perched high over the valley, this is a superb example of Spiti's traditional architectural skills. It was once the castle of the ruler of Spiti, the Nono, and today, Dhankar is a repository of Buddhist scriptures in the Bhoti script. Above the monastery lies the Dhankar Lake.The world renowned Kye Gompa Monastery, is another tourist hot-spot. It has a collection of rooms and a labyrinth of corridors that do not follow any defined plan, but seem to have grown over the years. Portions of the structure are three stories high, while others are lower. No definite date can be ascribed to the construction of the Gompa that acted both as monastery and as a fort. Some scholars believe this to have been built by Dromton (1008 - 64 AD).The hill city's mountainous landscape and immaculate locales allures visitors who wish to indulge in adventurous activities and spiritual well being alike.
The hill city is the base camp for several adventurous activities. Visitors enjoy the picturesque view of its mountain tops, rivers and the vast expanse of barren charm intermingled with patches of green. Its monasteries are the biggest storehouse of the native culture and heritage that is distinct to this place.
The nearest Airport is Bhuntar Airport, 250 Kms from Kaza. This Airport is well connected to many major cities like Dharamshala, Chandigarh, New Delhi and Shimla. The second nearest Airport is Shimla Airport, roughly 445 Kms from Kaza.From there, Kaza can be reached via road from Shimla (May to October) and from Manali (June to October).
Kaza does not have a railway station and the nearest one is in Joginder Nagar, at a distance of 364.1 km. There is a train connecting Joginder Nagar and Pathankot. The two other railway stations closest to Kaza are in Shimla and Chandigarh, which are 450 km and 517.7 km away, respectively.
Kaza is very well connected with Shimla, Kuzum pass which is 200 Kms from Manali. It is 58 Kms from Losar, 150 Kms from Gramphoo, 202 Kms from Palchan, 212 Kms from Manali, 322 Kms from Mandi, 561 Kms from Ambala, 676 Kms from Panipat and 762 Kms from New Delhi.
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