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Tabo Travel Guide

Tabo - The Destination

For centuries the trans Himalayan region of Spiti, Lahaul and Ladakh have remained cloaked by a grand mystic aura. Behind this veil of geographical seclusion and mystery lie wonders that are unfathomable even today.   

Tabo Buddhist Pilgrimage

In the insurmountable heights of Spiti, lies the Buddhist gompa, monastery of Tabo, established in 996 A.D. It was the Tibetan year of the Fire Ape and the founder was the great teacher Rinchensang Po, also known as Mahaguru Ratnabhadra. With its exquisite murals and stucco images, Tabo is rightfully called The Ajanta of the Himalayas. And here is the art that above all, is born of religion and deep faith. A small community of sixty monks resides here. The monastery has clay statues of the Buddha painted in the Kashmiri style. The main temple, Tsug Lhakang was at the centre of the whole

complex. The centre of this temple was also the center of the compound along the east-west axis, having its major statue, Saravid Vairochana, placed in the central spot not only of its surrounding 32 statues in a perfect three-dimensional mandala around him - and therefore of the temple - but also of the whole complex.

In the bleakest of winters the llamas would learn the way of the Buddha through scriptures, painting and meditation in this eight temple monastery complex. Recently, under the Gelugpa school of Buddhism, this monastery celebrated it’s millennium year in 1996 when the Dalai Lama came and inaugurated a since then unused helipad. There is also a school of thangka painting to be found here.

There is an uncanny archaeological task force at work here. The winds thump away at the soil and the sun plays light and shade. Divine is the word.

Tabo - Facts at a Glance

State : Himachal Pradesh
Altitude : 3050 mts
Best Season : March - June

History of Tabo

One of the greatest centers for Buddhist learning and culture, the monastery was founded in 996 AD and is possibly the oldest Buddhist establishment in this part of the world.

Attractions in Tabo

Tabo Chos Khor Gompa - The rugged hills around Tabo house a tiny hamlet that is home to some 350 people. The Tabo monastery, also referred to as Tabo Chos-Khor- 'doctrinal circle' or 'doctrinal enclave' is a complex that holds nine temples, 23 chortens, a monks' chamber and an extension that houses the nuns' chamber.

Tsuglhakhang (Academy) - You will find nine temples here, with figures of Buddha and Bodhisattvas on its walls.

Paintings in Tabo
The Drompton Lhakhang Chempo - Established in the 17th century, you can see a typical Tibetan high ceiling depicting nagas (snakes), peacocks and rainbows.

The Ser Khang - This is a Golden Temple famous for its gold dust coating.

Getting There & Away to Tabo

Car and Bus Service to Tabo You can reach Tabo by a bus that travels from Chandigarh to Kinnaur.
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