Tabo Monastery, Lahaul and Spiti District

4.8
#1 of 7 in Historic Sites in Lahaul and Spiti District
Must see · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Tabo Monastery (or Tabo Chos-Khor Monastery) is located in the Tabo village of Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, northern India. It was founded in 996 CE in the Tibetan year of the Fire Ape by the Tibetan Buddhist lotsawa (translator) Rinchen Zangpo (Mahauru Ramabhadra), on behalf of the king of western Himalayan Kingdom of Guge, Yeshe-Ö. Tabo is noted for being the oldest continuously operating Buddhist enclave in both India and the Himalayas. A large number of frescoes displayed on its walls depict tales from the Buddhist pantheon. There are many priceless collections of thankas (scroll paintings), manuscripts, well-preserved statues, frescos and extensive murals which cover almost every wall. The monastery is in need of refurbishing as the wooden structures are aging and the thanka scroll paintings are fading. After the earthquake of 1975, the monastery was rebuilt, and in 1983 a new Du-kang or Assembly Hall was constructed. It is here that the 14th Dalai Lama held the Kalachakra ceremonies in 1983 and 1996. The monastery is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as a national historic treasure of India.
Using our international travel planner, Tabo attractions like Tabo Monastery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Source
Create an itinerary including Tabo Monastery
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Tabo Monastery reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
118 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • By the time we reached tabo it was evening so we first headed towards the monastery. It's 1000yr old monastery and is rich in culture. There is no entry fees. Your mind is at peace when you visit...  more »
  • The land of monks, a land of monasteries where you can find the inner peace of life. While going Sangla to Dhankar, tabo is a beautiful village surrounded by the spitian landscape and mountains and...  more »
  • Build a trip
    Tell us where and when you
    want to go, we will build
    the best sightseeing itinerary
  • Refine it
    You have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
  • Book as a package
    Use our travel agents to get
    package savings and hassle free booking
  • Enjoy your trip!
    Enjoy our 24x7
    on-trip assistance

Popular things to do in Tabo

©
Religious Site
Chogskhor Monastery
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Religious Site
The Golden Temple
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Tabo

©
Architectural Building
Dhankar Gompa Lahaul and Spiti District
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
©
Water Body
Dhankar Lake Dhankhar
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
©
Water Body
Nako Lake Himachal Pradesh
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Religious Site
Nako Monastery Nako
4.3
Duration: 2 hours