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Places to visit in Tabo

When you travel to Tabo, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Tabo, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Tabo to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Tabo things to do can include exploring Tabo attractions and visiting the places of interest.

The Golden Temple

This is one of the temples inside the monastery and was initially coated with gold. However, after the restoration work in the early 16th century by Sengye Namgyal, who was the ruler of Ladakh, the gold was removed. Then name, however, stuck to the building. This temple is a must-visit because it has some of the finest frescos in the monastery. 

Kaza

Tabo is in a remote areabut there are some interesting places nearby. Kaza, which is 46 km away,is very famous among campers and trekkers. You may also head to Gete and Kibber near Kaza for panoramic views of the surroundings as it is the highest village in the world at an altitude of 4,200 metres above sea-level. It is located about 44 km from Tabo. Another beautiful place near Tabo is the Nako Lake. It is a quaint hamlet with a serene, snowylake and is 29 km fro

Tabo Monastery

This old,gompa-style monastery is the major attraction of Tabo. This ancient gompa was built in 996 CE by the King Rinchen Zangpo of Guge, which was a kingdom in the western Himalayas. Richen Zangpo was a great scholar and Buddhist. It is the oldestoperating Buddhist monastery in India and the Himalayas. Also called the “Ajanta of the Himalayas”, this monastery has some of the finest fresco paintings on its walls depicting Buddhist Pantheon tales. The

The Temple of Dromton

This is the second largest temple in the complex. The temple, along with a portico and a niche, covers an area of 112 sq.metres. It is believed that this temple was built between 1008 and 1064 AD by Dromton, a fervent disciple of Atisha. The outer walls of this temple haveimages of the Guardian Kings as well as the eight Medicine Buddhas. The inside front is decorated with SakyaMuni with Sariputra and Magdalena by his side. 

Nature

The best way to feel connected with nature in Tabo is to go for treks or admirethe view from the Tabo Caves. You may also visit the Pin Valley National Park to explore the plant and animal life.

Pin Valley National Park

Tabo is a destination meant for those who are interested in religion, archaeology, arts and adventure. Therefore, there are not many activities for children in Tabo. Children may find the history of the monastery informative and they can accompany you on short camping trips. Besides, these activities, the Pin Valley National Park andyak safaris from Kaza, which is at a slight distance, may interest children.        

Tabo Library

This is another small establishment inside the complex. This library has some ancient and rare books on Buddhism among other books. The Library is attached to the monastery guesthouse.

The Mystic Mandala

There is apopular, beautiful painting of Vairocana on the wall facing the door in this temple. The deity is surrounded by eight Bodhisattvas. This is the place where a person is initiated to monkhood. 

Cultural Attractions

Most of the population in Tabo is Tibetan and of Indo-Aryan descent. People follow Buddhism and Hinduism and rely mostly on agriculture and animal husbandry for livelihood. Some of them are also involved in tourism and government services. The rich cultural heritage of this region is visible through the presence of Thangkas (paintings), statuettes and murals in the monastery. It is evident from the paintings that the culture 

The Chamber of Picture Treasures

The chamber is a vestibule attached to the Temple of the Enlightened Gods. This ante-chamber has some of the finest murals of Buddha, his devotees and deities, which is supposedlyhaving protective powers. All paintings in this room are made in pure Tibetan style.

The Mahakala Vajra Bhairava Temple

Also known as the Temple of Horrors, this temple has many fierce protective deities of the Gelukpa Sect. 

The Temple of the Enlightened Gods

This is the main assembly hall of the monastery where the deity of a four-fold Vairocana in a sitting posture is placed two meters above the ground. There are 33 life-size stucco paintings of the Vajradhatu Mandala in frames on the walls. The wall itself has been painted with frescos depicting the life of Buddha. There is a sanctum beyond this hall which houses the five Bodhisattvas of Good Age. 

Kinnaurto

Tabo is in Spiti which is a Himalayan desert.While most of the land is barren, you may see some agricultural land and pastures few and far between.There might even be a small garden in your hotel or you may head towards Kinnaurto experience the lush greenery. You can also visit the Pin Valley National park,a wild life reserve located about 48km away.

The Bodhisattva Maitreya Temple

This temple has a big hall with an attached ante-chamber and an inner sanctum. The walls are adorned with murals depicting the Tashi-Chunpo and Lhasa Potala Palace. The main attraction of this temple is the 6-metre tall image of Bodhisattva Maitreya.

Tabo Helipad

Besides the Tabo Monastery which is the most prominent landmark in Tabo, the other popular landmark is the Tabo Helipad. There is also a Public Works Department Rest House and a few schools in Tabo, which are well known among the locals. 

Tabo Caves

The steep cliffs overlooking the monastery havesome of the oldest manmade caves in the region. These ancient caves were builtcenturies ago and were used by the monks as dwellings in the harsh winter; some of them are still in use. Quite a few caves have now been converted into houses as structures have been built in front of them. There is also evidence that a natural, arch-like cave was the possible abode of a Palaeolithic man. 

Religious Museum

This is a small museum of Tibetan religious artefacts and scriptures. It is located inside the monastery complex and has a paid entry.

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