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Tabo Monastery

Tabo Monastery

Established by a Tibetan Buddhist “lotsawa” i.e. translator called Rinchen Zangpo is the gompa known as Tabo Monastery in Himachal Pradesh. This renowned Buddhist gompa is located in town called Tabo in the Lahaul and Spiti district.  The wall of this gompa consists of beautiful mural paintings, frescos, thankas, manuscripts, and well maintained statues. This monastery was destroyed by an earthquake in 1975 and so was rebuilt with an addition of an “Assembly Hall” in 1983.  Furthermore, it was at this monastery that in 1983 and 1996 that the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso organized the Kalachakra i.e. an important Buddhist ritual.


a. Best time to visit the Tabo Monastery

The best time to visit this sacred monastery is during the summer from June to October with the temperature ranging from a maximum of 30 degree Celsius to a minimum of 15 degree Celsius.

b. How to reach the Tabo Monastery

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Tabo Monastery Map

1. By train:

The nearest railway station to Shimla is in Kalka.  The Kalka station is very well connected to major cities in the country like Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Kolkata etc.

2. By road:

If you intend to drive to this monastery the ideal starting points would be New Delhi, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, and Amritsar.

  • Via New Delhi:

There is one route from New Delhi to this gompa, and it is via NH44.

  • Via Chandigarh:

There is one route from Chandigarh to this gompa, and it is via NH505.

  • Via Ludhiana:

There is one route from Ludhiana to this gompa, and it is via NH505.

  • Via Jalandhar:

There is one route from Jalandhar to this gompa, and it is via NH505.

  • Via Amritsar:

There is one route from Chandigarh to this gompa, and it is via NH505.

3. By air:

The closest airport to this monastery is located in Bhuntar. The Kullu-Manali Airport is well connected to major cities such as Delhi, Chandigarh etc.

c. Religious significance of the Tabo Monastery

This monastery is said to have been built by Rinchen Zangpo, a Buddhist teacher and translator during the year of the “Fire Ape” in 996 AD. Essentially this monastery comprises of number of priceless Buddhists manuscripts, thangkas (Buddhist scrolls), frescos, and beautiful mural paintings representing the Tibetan Buddhist culture. In addition, within the complex of this monastery lies an assembly hall that consists of a number of beautiful wall paintings that represent the life of Lord Buddha. Furthermore, the paintings in this monastery have been so beautifully maintained that it attracts a large number of “art” loving tourists annually.


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