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Tabo Monastery, Himachal Pradesh

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Tabo 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 lotswa, Rinchen Zangpo, the king of western Himalayan Kingdom of Guge. 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, 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 as a national historic treasure of India.GeographyThe monastery is situated in the Spiti valley above Tabo village on the left bank of the Spiti River. The valley as such is delimited by Ladakh in the north, Lahaul and Kullu districts in the west and south-east respectively, and by Tibet and the Kinnaur district in the east. While Tabo village is in a bowl-shaped flat valley, the monastery is also in the bottom of the valley, unlike other monasteries in the valley, which are perched on hills; in the past the region was part of Tibet. It is located in a very arid, cold and rocky area at an altitude of. Above the monastery there are a number of caves carved into the cliff face and used by monks for meditation. There is also an assembly hall in the caves and some faded paintings on the rock face.
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  • This is a small and beautiful monastry located in Tabo village on the highway connecting Tabo and Kaza. The monastry is said to be the world's oldest monastry. The views around the monastry are nice a...  read more »
  • If you're looking for peace, this is a perfect destination in the middle of nowhere, with an ancient monastery (you may choose to stay in the monastery), splendid mountains and all essentials with abs...  read more »
  • My visit to Tabo monetary changed something in me, when I first looked at it I was surprised as I knew it is 1020 years old structure made with mud and still standing. It was a purnima day on my visit...  read more »
  • A wonderful palce..visit at early morning all Monasteries..wall painting..murals..frescoes...just wonderful.really its 'Ajanta Of Himalaya'....
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  • Tabo Millennium Monastery, Tabo India, was estd. 996 AD, is called as Ajanta of Himalaya.Many valuable paintings are Inside the Building of mud. It is preserved as heritage by UNESCO.
  • So calm, serene & of those places where u find eternal peace, its been almost 9 Years i visited this place, but the memory & experience will always remain fresh in my mind. A MUST VISIT.
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