Tabo Monastery
Tabo Monastery
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Sudakshina D
Kolkata (Calcutta), India122 contributions
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Jun 2019 • Friends
The land of monks, a land of monasteries where you can find the inner peace of life.
While going Sangla to Dhankar, tabo is a beautiful village surrounded by the spitian landscape and mountains and ancient monasteries as well as gumpha.
In the Tibetan year of the Fire Ape, this monastery has been founded.
Enjoy local homestay, food and beauty of the nature.
Written January 6, 2020
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exploredaunexplored
Mumbai, India1,670 contributions
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Sep 2023 • Family
Old monastery is very pretty with murals and paintings. There's a monastery shop next to the old monastery which has nice souvenirs. It's open till 5pm. New monastery was closed when we went. There are 3 shops in the compound. The middle shop has nice souvenirs. The first shop towards the old monastery with the masks is a rip off. She quotes 5x the price and is rude.
Written October 18, 2023
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Suchetana_Sen
Kolkata (Calcutta), India139 contributions
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Sep 2014 • Family
When you see those mud-painted floors and walls of the monastery, it will hardly strike you that it actually is a "Monastery", save those praying wheels rotating outside the main gate. After you cross the main gate, some yellow flowering plants will usher you into the main compound which is strangely raised on a wooden platform for some unknown reason, or it maybe because it snows heavily in winters over here. After you cross that platform and enter the praying hall, you will find it dark enough to ask for a torch even at noon! But there you are -in a prayer hall, painted beautifully with fresco paintings of a bygone era, and sometimes with mud statues of the numerous forms of Gautama Buddha. This unusual historic monument deserves all the time that you can possibly allot for it, not only to observe, but to absorb the essence of the remoteness that lingers in every nook and corner of the Tabo Monastery.
Inside this 'Ajanta of the Himalayas', photography is strictly prohibited, and as for me, I was seriously awestruck to see those artistic paintings and statues carved with delicacy and touched with anatomical perfection. The colours, if visible, are vibrant as ever.
Ask for a book on the Tabo monastery from the visitors' desk inside the monastery where a Lama is supposed to wait on the tourists and provide them with photographs and other souvenirs of the Tabo monastery, and get hold of one for Rs. 200-Rs.250 (bargain as much as you wish!).

Select a full moon night - the occasion of Buddha Purnima, if possible, to visit this magical land, because on these special days, the entire monastery is thrown open to the tourists, and stay on for four to five days to see how the monastic compound changes from being a crowded one to being a desolate one with few visitors. One may collect the beautiful pieces of artwork and souvenir from the shops located just outside the compound of Tabo monastery - they spoil one with choices.

Now, apart from these good things, I'd like to add a bit more about the Millennium monastic guest house that charms the tourists with an unforgettable old-world feeling. Built out of wood, it has a courtyard that is covered with a glass panel on top which allows sunlight and moonlight, at day and at night, respectively, adding sufficiently to its beauty. The rooms are bound to make you feel a part and parcel of the monastic life, they are very old and far from being modernised, except for tube-lights and electricity. The worst part of these accommodations are its wash-rooms. They seriously need maintenance, if not modification! Whenever you take charge of your room, make sure that all the taps are running properly (they might refuse to stop running at the middle of the night, and at that moment you will find no one to ask for help). There is a Belgian lady, who is staying at the Monastery for the last 15 summers, and is extremely helpful, and comforting to speak to. She possibly takes care of the library in this guest house. Ask for her help in times of exigency. But she leaves the place in the winter months. Visit the library and the museum housed inside this guest house to get a feel of the historic importance of this place. Food is available at the Millennium Monastic restaurant, and they serve excellent momos and wonderful and healthy food. Order your meal beforehand, and remember to have your dinner within 8:30pm to 9 pm, it is shut down after that.
In order to book the Tabo monastery you may call them up at 09418963082, and at 09418576963. The name of the contact person is Thinley Lama. Our room tariff was Rs 600/-, but they change in keeping with the seasons.

Visit the Tabo Monastery to experience how the people, their livelihoods and their religious beliefs exercise an immense influence upon each other.
Written October 14, 2014
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manikanegi
New Delhi, India17 contributions
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Jun 2014 • Family
The Tabo monastery is famous for being more than 1000 year old. Established in 996, considered as the holiest and is situated at approx 10700 ft. The place is holy barren and desolate moonscape with no vegetation. Firstly there is an electricity constraint at the place so it is recommended to carry your own candles and torch. The place is full of affordable home stays and decent food but there are no telecom signals other than MTNL/BSNL so make your move duly.
In all a must have experience in the surrounding and the serenity.
Written September 1, 2014
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RichfromDC
Washington DC, DC111 contributions
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Sep 2018 • Solo
Historic monastery, but not a particularly welcoming environment. Torches not allowed and photography is prohibited in all buildings, with cameras, cell phones, etc. held before you enter the main temple building. There were minders present for each temple to enforce the rules and some will follow you around. One young man followed me around slurping tea, which I assume is not supposed to be permitted. (I assume no beverages and the sign asked for silence). No interpretative material, but plenty of admonitions not to do things. I found the place somewhat disappointIng despite the historical importance. I can understand wanting to preserve the murals, but the experience could be better, esp for a World Heritage site. The temple of the new monastery seems at Tabo to be open only at random times.
Written September 23, 2018
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Prasad Pardeshi
Pune, Maharashtra, India23 contributions
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Sep 2017 • Couples
We did stayed in tabo Monastery Guest house. The monastery itself is very peaceful. We stayed in monastery guest house and our stay was peaceful as well. Tabo village is clean and simple as compared to kaza. We will be visiting this again.
Written September 17, 2017
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2230sur
29 contributions
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Aug 2016 • Solo
My visit to Tabo monetary changed something in me, when I first looked at it I was surprised as I knew it is 1020 years old structure made with mud and still standing. It was a purnima day on my visit and inside monetary head monk was giving sermon to local people.
Thankas on the wall are mesmerising although they are in bad shape as no proper effort has been made to save them.
I strongly recommend historians, photographers and frescoes to visit and help to save this site of importance.
Written August 24, 2016
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Arup C
Kolkata (Calcutta), India10,278 contributions
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Aug 2015 • Friends
"Ajanta of the Himalayas", as the Tabo Chos-Khor Monastery is popularly known, was founded more than a millennium back in 996 A.D., The Year of the Fire Ape by the Tibetan Calendar.
Not much has changed since 996 AD at the Tabo Monastery. The lamas still perform tantric rites in the temples. They perform most of their morning 'poojas', and also live in the 'new' temple. Chanting starts at 6 a.m. sharp. The monastery complex holds 9 temples, 23 chortens, a monk's chamber and an extension that houses the nuns chamber.

The Nine Temples: The Temple of the Enlightened Gods (gTug-Lha-khang)
, The Golden Temple (gSer-khang), The Mystic Mandala Temple / Initiation Temple (dKyil-kHor- khang), T he Bodhisattva Maitreya Temple (Byams-Pa Chen-po Lha-khang) , The Temple of Dromton (Brom-ston Lha khang) , The Chamber of Picture Treasures (Z'al-ma) , The Large Temple of Dromton (Brom-ston Lha khang), The Mahakala Vajra Bhairava Temple (Gon-khang). The White Temple (dKar-abyum Lha-Khang)
Written June 2, 2016
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Chetan J
New Delhi, India41 contributions
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Jun 2015 • Solo
I have been twice to this monastery. It is rightly called ajanta of the himalayas. If you want to see it like a tourist 2-3 hours are enough. But if you really want to experience it stay here for at least 2 nights and that too in the monastery guest house itself. Attend the morning chanting session, visit the meditation caves in the mountains and try some local dishes in Tabo. Really an unforgettable experience.
Written May 26, 2016
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Aish-on-d-move
Mumbai35 contributions
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Jul 2014 • Couples
Tabo Monastery is a place of many mysteries. Firstly, its very dark as no lights have been lit. It spoils the wall paintings adorning the monastery. Carry a torch or ask the lamaji there to give you to discover the beautiful paintings. One can see the different avatars of Buddha, Goddess Tara in green and may more such murals. One can meditate peacefully in the monastery. Surely it will bring in inner peace!
Written August 23, 2014
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