- Dhankar means 'a place in the mountains unreachable for strangers'.
- It is situated at an elevation of 3,894 metres in the Spiti Valley above Dhankar Village.
- Below the Gompa lies the small village of Shichilling which contains the new Dhankar Monastery.
- The 16th century old fort monastery has also served as a prison in the erstwhile era
- The highlight of the monastery is the a statue of Vairochana or Dhayan Buddha with 4 figures seated back to back.
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