Dhankar Monastery is situated at an altitude of 3870 m above sea level. In the 17th century, Dhankar was the capital of Spiti valley kingdom. The strategic location of the monastery on a hill served as a vantage point to spy on its foes, as the region of Spiti was prone to several attacks by its neighbouring states.
The cluster of multi-storied buildings in the monastery give it a bastion like appearance. Lhakhang, Kanjur, and Dukhang are three of the five halls in the monastery where travellers can view life size statue of the Vajradhara, with the figures of four Buddha’s placed back to back in a glass altar. Tents and sleeping bags need to be carried for an overnight stay as there are no provisions for accommodation.