Keylong is the regional headquarters of Lahaul district.
In the summer, at least, there are regular buses from Manali and Leh, run by the Himachal Road Transport Corporation (http://www.himachal.nic.in/hrtc); also an express from Delhi, taking around 24 hours (August 2007).
A number of gompas are within a few hours' walk, in wonderful scenery. Directly in front of keylong, on the other side of the valley, is the famous Kardang Gompa, the largest Budhist monastery in Lahaul. 8 kilometers up from Keylong is the Shashur Gompa which, albeit smaller, offers great views over the Lahaul Valley. Keylong is also a good starting point to visit the Trilokinath temple near Udaipur, provided you have your own transport.
One can take a room in keylong and go for a trek to KARDANG MONASTERY. Firstly one has to go the most down point in the city and then cross a bridge over Bhaga river to reach other side of the mountain.The view over the bridge is Beautiful and seems bit dangerous too. Once you the other mountain trekking starts. It takes about 1.5 - 2 hours approx to reach the top. The view is magnificent from the top. The temple is open all time mostly. Spend some time in peace there. After that the same route can be followed back to the city , but make sure you reach back before the evening . One must be. Carefull while on the way and take water bottles and some food along. Back in the city in the evening we can go shopping. And eat local dishes. The weather is pleasant. But a bit hot during summers.
There is an 'English Wine & Beer Shop' on The Mall, close to Tashi Delek hotel.
Because Keylong is one of the major stopover spots in the Manali-Leh route, a lot of accommodation is available. Easy to find guesthouses along the main road offe the best services, although motorbike riders can be noisy in the morning while preparing their bikes for the next journey. Small family owned guesthouses down the bazaar will offer a warmer stay. Expect to pay from Rs. 300 to Rs. 600 for a double room. The Hotel Nordaling gave very friendly service (Rs 500-1000 for double en suite, August 2010); tel. 01900 222294, 94810 45394; near the new bus stand.
There are plenty of buses to Manali (during the summer, that is), but going north can be a problem, as there may not be seats available (August 2010).