Tabo Monastery Complex – The Oldest Budhist Enclave in India
The Lahul and Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh houses Tabo's complex of 9 temples and cave shrines. It represents the oldest continuously functioning Budhist enclave in India. Once you reach the Tabo Monastery Complex you would be amazed to see the hypnotic aura of the over a millennium old monument. Such is the charisma of Tabo that you will feel in a different world with the exuberance, prodigious ness, the refinement, the serenity of the place.
Tsuglakhang is the main temple of Tabo Complex and is the most poignant testimonial to this great creativity. The clay structures are still intact and treat to the eyes. Murals, array the walls and the ceilings of all the nine temples of Tabo.
Tabo in fact represents the evolution of west Tibetan art, styles and influences ranging from Kashmiri and Nepalese styles.
Tabo was founded by members of Royal Dynasty of Purang-Guge in west Tibet. In the mid 10th century Tibetan Dynasty ruled many parts of Kinnaur, Lahul and Spiti, Zanskar and Ladakh.
Some facts about Tabo
1. The Tabo Monastery Complex was founded in 996 AD and is 1014 years old
2. Tabo is located in Himachal Pradesh at a height of over 10,000 ft in a village in Spiti Valley also known as Tabo Village.
3. Tabo is around 700 Kms from Delhi, 365 Kms from Shimla
4. June to October is the best time to visit Tabo
Tourist Information Centres
Himachal Tourism Information Centre,
Near Victory Tunnel Shimla
Tel. 0177 – 2654589
36, Chandralok Building
Janpath, New Delhi
Tel. 011 – 23325320, 23325233
Website – www.himachaltourism.nic.in
How to Reach Tabo
By Air: Nearest Airport is Jubbarhatti Airport Shimla
By Rail: Nearest Broad gauge Railway station is Kalka near Chandigarh. Nearest narrow gauge station is Shimla.
By Road: From Shimla take Hinduatan – Tibet Road NH22. After reaching halfway mark at Karchham take the road to Tabo. This 160 Km drive is enchanting, enthralling, picturesque and panoramic. Avoid this road during monsoons and immediately after the monsoons.
From Manali you can take the rohtang pass route to enter the Spiti Valley via Kunzum, La Pass, Losar, Rangrik, and Kaza to reach the Tabo Complex. The exquisite and serene valleys will rejuvenate you during your journey to the Tabo.