Tabo Gompa in Himachal Pradesh

Tabo Gompa

Tabo Gompa in Himachal Pradesh - Tabo, the very first village in Spiti from the Kinnaur side in Himachal Pradesh lies at a height of 10, 760 feet over sea-level (3,280 m). The access to the village is flanked by the Spiti River as well as the epic Trans-Himalayan range.

As one enters the village the very first thing they notice is the large concrete helipad. This is an area ideal to pitch a tent for a night in the wilderness. Helicopters land there just in winter season with the food supply. This space is used at other times as a recreation area by the village-folk who gather in the evenings and share a cup of tea. School children are also brought for a picnic to the spot.

The inhabitants of Tabo are primarily apple farmers and come from Tibetan descent. They speak Bodi, Hindi, as well as Tibetan. Lots of people in Tabo work at the irrigation plant situated in the village. This plant is a boon to the apple-growers who are supplied with water to grow their produce. Water to the plant comes from the Spiti River and is supplied through canals to the apple plantations.

When it comes to places to stay Tabo shows off a couple of mid-range lodges, plenty of home-stays and a memorable once in a lifetime opportunity to live in a Buddhist monastery guest house.

The monastery has a museum which pays abundant homage’s to the life of the Buddhist monks in Tibet and the annual Tabo monastery fair. The monastery terrace gives a panoramic view of the village of Tabo perched in the midst of the snow-capped Himalayas.

The Gompa rest-house has a cafeteria of its very own run by a Tibetan family which serves yummy momos, tukpa and also chowmen. Exceptional tea and aloo parathas are also available at the same eatery.

Third-Eye coffee shop, a seasonal based eatery serves good North Indian food like dal, paneer-tikka, and also paratha.

A 15-minute very easy trip to the foothills of the Trans-Himalayas leads one to the Tabo caves where the Buddhist lamas meditate. The sight from the caves is remarkable as one can see the beautiful Himachali village of Tabo.

The Tabo Monastery or Gompa is made of mud with no use of concrete. This structure was constructed in 996 AD and is considered next in importance to the Tholing Gompa in Tibet. Murals and also repainted stuccoes are the one-of-a-kind imaginative as well as architectural attributes. There is likewise a priceless collection of manuscripts and thangkas that are kept in the Gompa.