We were exploring Spiti, the middle land between India and Tibet when on a fateful day we settled in a small village of Tabo. Tabo settles on the bank of river Spiti is in the shape of rice bowl with high snow-cap mountain ridges on all sides. Geographically Tabo lies in northern India, in Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. At an altitude of 3050 meters above sea level.
The village of Tabo has settled in and around the Tabo Monastery. And the villager here are followers of Buddhism. Tabo Monastery is one of the oldest Monastery of this region and is continuously operating since the 10th Century (i.e. 996 CE). The monastery was founded in the year 996 AD by a Buddhist king named Yeshe.
Tabo Monastery is famous for its rare collection of scriptures, pieces of art, wall paintings -Thankas and Stucco. And hence Toabo Monastery is famous as the ‘Ajanta of the Himalayas’. The Tabo Monastery started in the 10th century by the great scholar, Richen Zangpo. Presently 60 monks stay in the monastery.
The ancient gompas of Tabo are brownish in color and made up of soil. And there are 9 ancient Gompas. The mountain ridges of around Tabo have cave-like formation and are used for meditation since ages by monks.
During winter the temperature falls below zero degree Celsius and entire Tabo gets cover with a blanket of snow. Summer is agriculture time. And Barley and pea are the main crops of Tabo. During summer snow melts and forms streams and rivulets. And water from melting snow feeds agriculture lands.
We stayed in a homestay to experience the hospitality of Spiti. And it was Amazing. Though we reached late we welcomed with hot tea. At night, we ate dinner sitting around the Bhukhari. Bhukhari is the local name of the fireplace. Then went to sleep. The rooms were cozy with modern amenities.