In the Lahaul and Spiti District, on the banks of the Spiti River is this small town of Tabo in Himachal Pradesh, India. You may come to this sub-divisional headquarters of Spiti after exploring the Nako and Gue villages or directly via the Kunjum pass.
#1.The moment you enter Tabo village situated at an altitude of 10,700 feet, you will be welcomed by the extreme cool breeze reminding you to brace yourself for the cold desert ahead for the rest of the Spiti Valley journey.
#2.Though a small village yet there are multiple options to choose from for your night stay and food cravings. You would experience a lip-smacking variety of food, making you forget that you are in a village.
#3.In between the village is the Tabo Monastery which is open during the day between 9am to 5pm. Once you enter, it gives you a sense of peace. Filming isn’t allowed inside the monastery and you can be carefree to leave your valuable gadgets at the entrance.
#4.Throughout Tabo, while wandering you will hear the soft prayer sounds or humming of the lamas in the monastery. When in chaos, this sound will definitely calm you.
#5.Outside the Tabo Monastery, you will find shops in line selling various Tibetan souvenirs in the form of artifacts, prayer flags, fridge magnets and many more. Most of their earning go towards the betterment of the monastery hence it is advisable to not bargain.
#6.While you are enjoying your day at leisure in the village, experience the fun hike to the caves on the mountains behind the village. These are known as the meditation caves as in the past, the lamas used these caves for prayer and meditation purposes. Once in the caves and up on the mountains, you can take some good pictures for your profile and cover photos.
#7.Almost not noticeable but of significance is the Old Monastery guest house. Take a break from the usual guesthouse stay and live at the architectural building of the monastery guest house.
#8.There is also a new monastery. Though closed most of the times, it’s peaceful even to just wander in its corridorS. You can enlighten yourself by reading some of the quotes by His holiness Dalai Lama engraved on the walls of the New Monastery.
#9.If you are a real wanderer then you’d figure out that there is a helipad at walking distance from Tabo Monastery and if you are lucky then you may find few locals playing cricket and soccer. You can be a spectator or join them in playing, either way you are gonna experience a fun evening with the locals.
#10.If you are one of those who are fascinated by farming then you must experience strolling in the garden next to the helipad. You’d find apple, apricot, almonds trees and few more. It’s interesting to read few details about these fruits while strolling around the trees.
There is so much to do and experience in Tabo, Spiti Valley that you’d want to come back for more after a day of exploration.
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