Standing tall and strong at a dizzying height of 10,000 feet, the Tabo Monastery is a testimony to the innate beauty and elegance of the Buddhist culture. It was established over a millennia ago in 996 A.D. and is one of the oldest monasteries in the Trans-Himalayan region.

Tabo Monastery Lahaul and Spiti

In fact, it is the oldest monastery in India that has been functioning continuously since its inception. Built by the revered Buddhist king, Yeshe-O, the Tabo Monastery is now a priceless treasure to the Buddhist community Tabo Monastery Lahaul and Spiti. This alluring monastery is renowned as the ‘Ajanta of the Himalayas’. This is because the walls of the monastery are decorated with fascinating murals and ancient paintings, much like the Ajanta Caves in Maharashtra.

Resting peacefully on the left bank of the sparkling Spiti River, the Tabo Monastery is proud of having preserved the glorious traditions and heritage of Buddhism in the form of artistic murals, intricate paintings, elegant stuccos, and exquisite frescoes.

Being one of the most historically significant sites in the Buddhist culture, the Archeological Survey of India has taken over the responsibility for its maintenance and preservation. Spanning over an area of 6300 sq. Km. in the cold desert of the Tabo Valley and enveloped by tall walls of mud bricks, this culturally rich heritage site is highly revered by Buddhist monks and comes second only to the Tholing Gompa in Tibet. In fact, the 14th Dalai Lama held the Kalachakra ceremonies of 1983 and 1996 at the Tabo Monastery! For more info: