Monastries of Spiti- Nako
Nako is a high altitude village in Hangrang valley (Himachal Pradesh, India) on way to Spiti, situated at more than 3200 metres. It is a historical village known mostly for its monastery. Part of the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, Nako is on the way to Kaza, just before Malling and almost eight kilometres after Kah zigs. Location wise this is one of the most beautiful villages of region. Village also has a beautiful small natural lake. Nako is one of the few important stops for bikers going to Spiti valley..
Historical monastery of Nako was established in the first half of the eleventh century by Lochen Rinchen Zangpo popularly known as the great translator Ratan Bhadra. This monastery has four chapels. On entering the main gate and walking clock-wise one can see an ordinary single storey chapel which is occasionally used as kitchen and is called Jan-Khang. After crossing the roof of the kitchen is the first chapel of the monastery called Kar-Jung. Second chapel of the monastery is called Lochavai Lakhang. It is the biggest and main chapel in the monastery. Walls of the whole monastery are painted with pictures of various deities of Buddhism. There are also many ancient stupas outside the boundary of the monastery.