Along with its mountains and rivers, Manali is also famous for its Tibetan Monasteries as many people from Tibetan origin have settled here. The two prominent monasteries that attract a large number of tourists from all across the world are Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa and Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa. These monasteries are a storehouse for Tibetan culture, literature and crafts. Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa is located near the busy old Manali road and was built in the year 1969. It has beautifully decorated interiors along with an impressive statue of Lord Buddha. The Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa is located near the market square of Manali.
These monasteries are known for their handicrafts, especially paintings and carpets. The aroma of incense sticks, sounds of chanting and the rotating prayer wheels creates a divine ambience. The tranquil surroundings of these monasteries act as a great stress buster and hence, they must be included in travel itineraries.