Tabo is a small town located in the Lahaul and Spiti district on the banks of the Spiti River in Himachal Pradesh. The city lies on the road between Rekong Peo and Kaza. Tabo is located 3050 m (10,006 feet) above sea level, surrounded by snowcapped peaks of the Trans Himalayas.
Tabo in Spiti is known for the Buddhist Monastery, which, according to legend, is said to be over a thousand years old. The Tabo Gompa was founded back in 996 A.D. It is the oldest continually operative Buddhist institution in India. Tabo is one of the most beautiful regions in Spiti that will always be ready to mesmerize its tourists in so many ways.
His Highness, the Dalai Lama, believes the Tabo Monastery is one of the holiest and has expressed his desire to retire here. Therefore, in 1996, the Dalai Lama conducted the Kalachakra initiation ceremony in Tabo, which coincided with the millennium anniversary celebrations of the Tabo monastery. The ceremony was attended by thousands of Buddhists from across the world.
Tabo offers a scenic and tranquil getaway. The quaint village is inhabited by a population of a few hundred and has basic tourist facilities. Visitors can rest in the well-maintained guest house or lodges. Eateries are also available. The friendly folks of the village assist you in every way.
Tabo Monastery is a preserver of rare Buddhist paintings, sculptures, and knowledge. The culture is well preserved in the walls of the Monastery. In addition, the Monastery has a museum that pays rich tributes to the life of the Buddhist monks in Tibet and the annual Tabo monastery fair.
Climb the mountain face and explore the Tabo caves. Buddhist monks used these ancient caves for dwelling, and to date, some of them are still used for meditation. The caves used by monks are marked by flags and are prohibited from entering. Tabo has numerous apple cultivators. Pluck and munch some of the world's crunchiest and tastiest apples. It is a secret that the cold desert produces apples of the most delicious taste. Tabo is also ideal for going for walks and hikes. Exploring the region to discover the rugged beauty that is a blessing for some soul searching.
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