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10 Fun facts about Tabo, Himachal Pradesh

  • Tabo is a small town in the Lahaul and Spiti district on the banks of the Spiti River in Himachal Pradesh, India. The town lies on the road between Reckong Peo and Kaza, the sub-divisional headquarters of Spiti. The town surrounds a Buddhist monastery which, according to legend, is said to be over a thousand years old.
  • The village is situated at an altitude of 10,760 ft. The climate in Tabo is very unpredictable as it ranges from cloudy to sunny and from snow to heavy snowfall.
  • Summers are short from May to August and winters are longer from mid-September to April. Winter temperatures can range from −15 °C in the day to −45 °C overnight. In summers, temperature ranges from −5 °C at night to 20 °C in the daytime.
  • Mobile phone network don’t work well in Tabo in Spiti Valley, except BSNL network.
Sunset at Tabo
  • The town is connected to other major towns like Kaza and Kalpa by the Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Network.
  • The temples within the monastery complex in Tabo have a plethora of wall paintings and mud statues. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) attempted to restore some paintings that were ravaged by time, but were not very successful. Photography, however, is not permitted inside the monastery.
Tabo monastery
  • The Dalai Lama has expressed his desire to retire here, since he maintains that monastery is one of the holiest. In 1996, the Dalai Lama conducted the Kalachakra initiation ceremony, which coincided with the millennium anniversary celebrations of the Tabo monastery. The ceremony was attended by thousands of Buddhists from across the world. The monastery spiritual head is Tsenshab Serkong Rinpoche.
  • There is only one SBI bank ATM available near to the monastery, so try to carry a sufficient amount of money.
Tabo monastery front view
  • Stargazing is a must in Tabo as you will see them as you have never seen before.
  • There is one helipad in Tabo, and it is most famous and the preferred picnic spots for local school children.

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