is located at a height of 3050 metres in the magnificently isolated Spiti
Velly of Himachal Pradesh. Founded in 96 AD by the great scholar, Richen
Zangpo, as an institution for advanced learning, Tabo is seasonally
accessible by road via Manali and Shimla.
Tabo is another important tourist place in the Buddhist pilgrimage list,
situated in Himachal Pradsesh. The place is more famous for the ancient
monastery, believed to be built before the Alchi monastery, which has
considerable similarity in terms of Kashmiri Art paintings, which might be
due to their originality, and being routed to Tibetan Buddhism principles.
The monastery is also important for being an interesting place to study the
growth and flourish of Tibetan art during the 11th to 20th century.
Pradesh, in itself, is a very attractive and soothing experience, adding to
the goodwill of this monastery. The monastery preserves some of the most
ancient murals that are worth a close examination for any archaeologist.
Tabo, situated at an altitude of 3050 m, proudly spreads it charms in the
Spiti valley, in the Lahauyl and Spiti valleys of Himachal Pradesh.
The monastery has preserved some of the most antique paintings, especially
the murals, which date back to 11th century, food for thought for both
archaeologists and the religious monks. The iconoclastic attacks and the
roughness of rough time overshadowed, these paintings are preserved in such
a beautiful manner that they hardly seem to belong to the starting of the
The monastery has nine structures, the most famous of these being the
Duwang Lakhang. Besides these, there is the four-faced magnificent Buddha
idol, the amitay Buddha in seated position, a stucco idol of Bodhisttva
Maitreya, and the huge Chaitya hall is really one of the finest examples of
Buddhist sculpture and architecture.
Erstwhile the Capital of Spiti Kingdom, this
village has an ancient fort on the hilltop. There is a famous monastery,
inhabited by more than 100 lamas. The statue of Buddha, in Dhyana mudra,
four figures sitting back to back, is really interesting to note for the
sculpture and architecture.
Kungri Gompa -
This Gompa, though unexplored, serves to
provide good examples of being an ancient Buddhist centre of learning, with
some highly motivating natural scenarios that is particular about the Spiti
valley, turns even the most rude into a religious devotee.
How to reach
Kullu Manali is the nearest airport, connected to
major cities of India, at a distance of 250 km from Tabo.
Shimla and Pathankot are the nearest rail
stoppages for Tabo.
Tabo could be reached by Road through three
1. From Shimla
via the spiti valley
2. From Manali
via the Rohtang pass
3. From Ladakh
via the Sing -O-la passes.
Where to stay
If you want luxury, stay at Manali..