Tabo is a small town located in the Lahaul and Spiti district on the banks of the Spiti River in Himachal Pradesh, India. The town 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. The town 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 to 996 A.D. It the oldest continually operative Buddhist institution in India.
His Highness the Dalai Lama believes the Tabo Monastery is one of the holiest, and had expressed his desire to retire here. 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. The Monastery has a museum which 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. These ancient caves were used by Buddhist monks for dwelling and till date, some of them are still used for meditation. The caves used by monks are marked by flags and are prohibited to enter.
Tabo has numerous apple cultivators. Pluck and munch some of the crunchiest and the tastiest apples in the world. It is a secret that that cold desert produces, apples of the most delicious taste.
Tabo is also ideal to go for walks and hikes. Explore the region, it is beautiful. The rugged beauty is blessing for some soul searching.