Nako is one of the most picturesque hamlets in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. Situated at an elevation of 3662 meters above sea level, the Nako Monastery is built around a small lake. Tourists and pilgrims coming from Kinnaur visit this remote village that lies close to the Hangrang Valley. Nako is a village in the Himalayas of northern India located near the Indo-China border in the Trans-Himalayan region of Kinnaur district in Himachal Pradesh. Nako Lake is a prominent feature here where it borders the village. Nako Monastery dated to 1025 is located in the village as well as several other Buddhist chortens.
You need a permit to travel beyond Reckong Peo and to enter the village. The distance from Reckong Peo to the Nako Monastery is around 107 km. Indian Holidays offers you an opportunity to explore the Nako Monastery with its Himachal Pradesh tour packages.
The Nako Monastery is among the most visited Buddhist centers in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is a repository of ancient murals and Buddhist paintings dating back to the 11th century. The unique monastic architecture comprises of four temples and other buildings within a single complex. Its exteriors exude a Victorian simplicity, while its interiors are a sharp contrast.
The main and the upper temples are of great importance. These two are the oldest structures in the compound. They house clay sculptures and exquisite murals, which are of great interest to visitors. The interiors of the temples leave you spellbound! The main temple is also the oldest monument in Nako village and popularly known as the Translator’s Temple.
Visit the Small White Temple at the Nako Monastery to get a glimpse of the life of Lord Buddha through the carvings and paintings. The fourth structure is called the Temple of Wide Proportions.
How to reach the Nako Monastery
There are various gateways to the Nako Monastery. The nearest railhead at Shimla is around 250 km away from the Nako hamlet. There are regular buses plying from Shimla to Kinnaur. You need to get an Inner Line Permit after arriving at Kaza or Shimla. There is another route via Reckong Peo.