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Kaza is situated on the left bank of River Spiti, it is presently the headquarters of Spiti sub-division, perched at an elevation of 3,740 meters (12,300 ft) above mean sea level, is the largest township and commercial center of the valley and as is typical of the valley - its largely Tibetan. The town is overlooked by steep ridges that are permanently covered with snow on their top.

The Sakya Tenggyu Monastery of Kaza is new - inagurated by the Dalai Lama in July 2009 – compare it with the ancient monasteries of Dhankhar & Kye that are on either side of this small town. (Kye is about 11Km upstream, while Dhankhar is around 15 Km the other way). The newer building which greets visitors today stands where the former monastery, known as Tenggyud Lhundrup Choekhor Ling, existed for 35 years.

Kaza Gompa (Monastery) is one of the two Sa-kya-pa Buddhist sect monasteries in Spiti. In fact its a part of the other monastery located at Komik.

The Monastery is quite close to the Spiti River & one evening as I was walking back from the river bank along the avenue lined with yellow leaved Deodars, the monastery with its phantasmagoria of colours & crisp Buddhist architecture together with the sun drenched yellow deodars created an amazing luminescence against the backdrop of the arid brown treeless Spiti mountains.

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