Photographer's Note

Kye (or Ki, Kee or Key) Monastery is the biggest monastery in the Spiti valley, located at (4116 m) above Kye village. It is an outstanding example of the monastic architecture, which developed during the 14th century in the wake of the Chinese influence. In the architectural definitions given to various monasteries, Kye falls in the 'Pasada' style which is characterised by more floors (storeys) than one and often plays the role of a fort-monastery. The Mongols plundered the monastery in the middle of the 17th century. In the 19th century, it again suffered three brutal attacks. The successive trails of destruction and patch-up jobs have resulted in a haphazard growth of box-like structures, and the complex now resembles a defensive fort.

I 'parked' myself in the village called Rangrik on the opposite bank of River Spiti to take this picture...the wonderful Kye Monastery with the Kye Village nestling at 'its' feet. It was an ethireal scene as sunset drew near, & the mountains behind took a golden hue.

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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7852 W: 324 N: 16061] (56760)
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