Tabo Monastery in Spiti Valley | Himachal Pradesh



Tabo Monastery, which is also known as the Tabo Chos Khor Monastery is one of the oldest Buddhist pilgrimage centres which is located at a height of 10,010 in the Tabo Village of Spiti valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is spread over an area of 6300 sq. meters and comprises 9 temples, 4 stupas and 23 chortens. It is often taken as identical to the famous Ajanta Caves owing to the cave shrines that have been constructed in the monastery. Since the Tabo monastery culls out interpretations from the Ajanta Caves, it is referred to as the Ajanta of the Himalayas. The temples, cave shrines, stupas and murals give the monastery an aesthetic and eye-pleasing look which makes it a perfect spot to stand by and explore on your vacation to Spiti Valley. The monastery gets its historic significance dating back to 1,000 years ago during the period of Purang Guge Kingdom. This period is marked as important as it was the second phase of the spreading of Buddhism in Tibet.


Go Bro Ride in front of Tabo Monastery



tabo monastery images | Go Bro ride

tabo monastery images | Go Bro ride


Visiting the Tabo would give you a reflection of the cultural heritage of Buddhists. It is embarked with paintings and statues that leave an imprint of Tibetian- Indian Buddhism. It is being protected and maintained by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) owing to the rich historical evidence that it successfully furnishes to the younger generations. It is also of great historical importance since it hosted the Kalachakra ceremonies which were held in 1983 and 1996 by the Dalai Lama. The monastery was reconstructed and has been segmented into two parts, mainly the old and newly built structure.



I was personally very excited to visit the Tabo Monastery since I had heard a lot about the place; I have captured my experience in my Travel vlog series by the name of ‘ Road to Spiti Valley on Benelli TRK 502’ which can be accessed on my youtube channel, namely, Go Bro Ride. I have inducted a small historical backdrop of the monastery in the video itself which would help in giving you deeper insights into the same. You must refer to my vlog to get a real-life experience of the monastery with the help of visuals that I have captured for you.


tabo monastery images | Go Bro ride

tabo monastery images | Go Bro ride


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