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Tabo Monastery, Spiti’s pride, portrays an important link in the growth of Buddhism in Tibet. Here, the Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism saw its resurgence under the aegis of Ye-she-od, the Lama King of Guge in Western Tibet. Under his rule, the legendary scholar, Rinchen Zangpo spread the faith by translating Buddhist texts and promoting temple building movement.

The gompa at Tabo is one of the illustrative legacies of this movement, established in the 11th century by Rinchen Zangpo himself. The monastery colourfully illustrates the elaborative Buddhist art murals and wall paintings of the Tibetan world. Protected as the national historic treasure of India by Archaeological Survey of India, Tabo gompa harbours some of the oldest and most exquisite Buddhist art in the world. Also, it is one of the most significant art treasures of the Tibetan Buddhist World. The monastery also is an important place to study the growth and flourish of Tibetan art during the 11th to 20th century.

The earliest paintings in the dukhang (assembly hall) are from the 10th and 11 centuries and depict scenes from various incidents and tales associated with the life of the Buddha. The hall also contains imposing clay sculptures of the chief deities from the Buddhist pantheon. Seven other chapels in the complex contain paintings from the 15th and 16th century.

Located at a height of 3050 metres, Tabo monastery is isolated in the depths of Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is accessible from Shimla and Manali via road.

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The monastery is prized in the Buddhist world for preserving some of the most precious and antique paintings, especially the murals belonging to 11th century. And it upholds the Buddhist heritage of Himachal alive for both archaeologists and the Buddhist monks. Even after centuries, still the paintings and murals are protected beautifully and present a unique picture of Buddhism flourishing in the valley.

The monastery is famous for the four-faced manifestation of Lord Buddha, seated Amitabha Buddha, a stucco idol of Bodhisattva Maitreya, and the huge Chaitya hall.

Excursion Tour from Tobo H.P

Tabo Himachal PradeshDhankar - The erstwhile capital of Spiti Kingdom, Dhankar village is characterized by an ancient fort, a monastery inhabited by more than 100 lamas. Other Buddhist attractions of Dhankar include the statue of Buddha in meditating posture, four figures sitting back to back, is really interesting to note for the sculpture and architecture.

Kungri Gompa - This Gompa is another Tibetan Buddhism center and Spiti Valley’s second oldest monastery. As an ancient centre of learning, Kungri forms a perfect excursion from Tabo Monastery Tour.

How to reach Tabo Monastery

Air - Kullu Manali is the nearest airport, connected to major cities of India, at a distance of 250 km from Tabo.

Rail - Shimla and Pathankot are the nearest rail stoppages for Tabo.

Road - Tabo could be reached by Road through three gateways.
          1. From Shimla via the Spiti valley
          2. From Manali via the Rohtang pass
          3. From Ladakh via the Sing-O-la passes.
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