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Tabo to Sumdo

Full of most quaint sights, the highway from Tabo to Sumdo is 27 kilometers long. One can go to several other intervening places full of most astonishing draws, such as this place, which is located 8 kilometers upside a valley by a turn from Sumdo. Here, one can find the remains of a Buddhist monk who died over 500 years ago. His remains which include hair and fingernails is a sight, worth-visiting. The stretch nevertheless has one of India’s most dramatic mountain roads.

Important Attractions nearby Tabo to Sumdo


Several caves located on the hillside above the main road belonged to the monastery complex. These caves can be accessed by the steps located opposite the Vijay Kumar Shop.

Byams-Pa Chen-po Lha-Khang

The temple is situated in next to the Tsuglkand and houses a three meter high statue of the Bodhisattva Maitreya, who is called the future Buddha.

Kyil Khang              

The Kyil Khang is located on the right side of the Ser Khang and is bedecked with a huge Variochana mural which is surrounded by with eight bodhisattvas. It is a great place to visit and explore.


Located straight ahead of the Tabo Gompa entrance, the Tsuglkang is an astonishing antechamber that houses 32 nearly life sized statutes of bodhisattvas which line around a statute of Virochana Buddha, who is shown turning the wheel of law. Besides, the inner chamber has a stucco of Amitabha Buddha with two smaller bodhisattvas.


The second temple located towards the left from the Tsuglkang house breathtaking murals of the goddess Usnishavijaya and the green Tara. This is again a wonderful temple to admire.

Tabo Gompa

Founded by Ringchen Zangpo, the Great Translator in AD 996 the Tabo Gompa is believed to be the oldest and the continuously functioning Buddhist monastery in India. There are in total of nine shrines five of which date back to 10th and 11th century while other belong mostly from 15th and 17th century.

The main highlight is the main hall called Tsuglkang which has a total 32 of bodhisattvas lining the wall around the four bodied Vairochana Buddha, turning the wheel of law. There are beautiful paintings, exquisite murals and statues that draws a sense of wonder amongst the visitors. It is a must visit Gompa, while visiting the place.

Nako Gompa

Situated on the western edge of Nako, there are these 11th century chapels of Nako Gompa that have some wonderful sculptures and murals fashioned in the style similar to those of Spiti’s Tabo Gompa as well as festival dance marks.

Nako Lake

Nako Village is located around this little holy lake which looks amazing when seen against the backdrop of massive rock strewn mountains, punctuated by stupas all over. The lake is an elegance sight to behold.

Lhalung Monastery

This incredible medieval monastery is located in this amazing offbeat destination of Lhalung. The central chapel have great old murals and a wonderfully ornate carved wooden back frieze.             

Dhankar Fort

A ruined structure located on the hilltop above the old Gompa, the Dhankar fort is a great fort to admire and appreciate. The Dhankar Fort was once a very important structure that used to shelter the entire population of the valley during the war. It is also for this reason that the fort’s name has “khar” in it, which means citadel.

Dhankar Tso

Located at an hour’s walk from the Dhankar’s village is Dhankar Tso, an elegant lake that offer stunning views of the valley and the twin peaks of Manirang, located at a height of 6,593 meters above sea level. 

Dhankar Gompa

This incredible 1,200 structure sits atop on the edge of a cliff. The monastery is listed in top 100 most endangered monuments of the world. Dhankar Gompa has several rooms, including meditation room and a room where Dalai Lama Slept.

The monastery has a prayer hall, located on a hill top and reached by a set of concrete steps. The views from atop of these buildings is simply breathtaking and are great attractions to enjoy.

New Monastery

This new monastery was established to move the monks from the old gompa. The monastery, named New Monastery is located 800 meters away. The monastery is not only a great sight, but also a wonderful place to visit.

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