Komik Village in Himachal Pradesh
Snow-covered mountains. Majestic valleys. Scenic views. Warm people. Komik Village in Himachal Pradesh is a destination where visitors would see how heaven meets earth. Komik Village is the highest village in Asia situated at a height of 18000 ft above sea level.
The highest motorable Buddhist monastery
One of the highlights of Komik Village is the well-known 14th century Lundup Tsemo Gompa Buddhist Monastery. The monastery is famous for Maitreya Buddha or ‘the future Buddha,’ that takes care of the well-being of the locals. It is the highest motorable Buddhist monastery in the world where avid bikers and travellers have visited. The monastery has a strong castle made of slanted mud walls, showcasing the murals, scriptures and arts of the olden days.
The legend of Komik monastery
They say that even before the monastery was built, it was prophesised that a monastery in the shape of the eye of snow cock would be made in the mountainous region at Spiti. That’s how it was named Komik, where ‘Ko’ stands for the snow cock and ‘Mik’ translates into eye.
More about Komik
Komik hosts dozens of festivals all through the year–one of the specialties being the Lamas doing Chham dance or mask dance. Komik gets cut off from the world during the snowfall season. The residents of this village store a good stock of grains to last them throughout the biting cold winters, and engage themselves in weaving carpets, shawls as well as making jackets, caps, paintings etc.
Where to stay in Komik?
Homestays and hotels with basic facilities for the tourists are available in Komik. However, the warm hospitality offered by the people compensates for the lack of luxury in the accommodations. Tourists seeking a more comfortable stay can go for Kaza. Plan a trip to Komik in the summer months when the Rohtang Pass stays open.