The highest motor able village in Asia
Set in the midst of brown mountainscapes, Komic is a tiny village situated at an elevation of (14,830 ft) above sea level in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is known as the highest motor able village in Asia. It is about 18 kilometers from the town of Kaza.
It is also famous for having the highest motor able Buddhist monastery in the world - The Tangyud Monastery (14,830 ft). It is said that even before the monastery was being made, it was forecasted in Tibet that a monastery in the shape of the eye of snow cock would be built in a mountainous region in Spiti. Thus, the place was called Komik where 'Ko' means snow cock and 'Mik' means eye.
The main attraction of Komic is the Komic monastery also known as the Tnagyud Monastery. It dates back to the early 14th century, built like a fortified castle on the edge of a deep canyon, with massive slanted mud walls and battlements with vertical red ochre and white vertical stripes which make them look much taller than they really are. It lies on the edge of a deep canyon and overlooking the town of Kaza.
It is believed that the monastery has 'Matrey Buddha,' or 'the future Buddha,' who looks after the well being of the people of Komik Village. The gompa also has some hidden treasures which due to security reasons are made public once every 60 years. These are the egg of a dragon, the horn of a unicorn, the upper tooth of a sheep, the ribcage of a gaint demon and the tail of a prehistoric man. The monastery is part of of the Sakya sect of Buddhism.
One can hike around the small hills of the village as these hills are rich in fossils; drink tea made with yak’s milk. Best time to visit Komic is from June end to September end. During winters Komic remains covered in snow and the temperature drops down to -25 degree Celsius to -35 degree Celsius.
Things to do –
- Visit Tnagyud Monastery
- Find fossils
- Hike to nearby hills
- Watch the night sky