Key Gompa or key monastery is no lesser than a miracle which is now more than 1000 years old. Being sacked, attacked by different warriors and nature repeatedly, the monastery is still standing strong in its full glory.
I had always been fascinated by the stories of Malana and wanted to visit this small village which some consider one of the last isolated civilizations in the world and renowned for being the most ancient civilization anywhere on earth by some.
She said they used to walk to travel from Spiti to Shimla! My mouth gasped in surprise. She said politely “Yeah, we used to walk for a month or so to reach Shimla as there were no roads or transport for us. I was 13 years old when I first traveled to Shimla with my parents and spent winters there.
I was keen to know the lives of Kinnauri people- understand their culture and feel their hardships in this inhabited village. I have never met such cheerful and warm people. I got invitations from the villagers as I smiled and nodded to say hello.