Tabo Monastery

Kaza, India

This beautiful monastery was built in 996CE, in the Tibetian year of Fire Ape. It is situated at the Tago Village in Himachal Pradesh. This monastery is credited with being the oldest continuously operating Buddhist enclave in the region surrounding the Himalayas. Tales from the Buddhist pantheon are depicted by frescoes on the monastery walls. It also has a priceless collection of manuscripts, well preserved statues and scroll paintings as well.
Recently the wooden structures have started to age, and the scroll paintings have started to fade. Thus, this monastery is in need of refurbishing. After an earthquake in 1975, this was rebuilt. This is a national historic treasure of India and is protected by the Archeological Survey of India.
One of the special mentions here is the location of the Tabo Monastery. It stands in a very secluded, barren and flat area of land which is about 6300 sq km. Surrounding this is a very high boundary brick wall. Currently, the monastery includes nine temples, housing for monks and nuns and 23 chortens. There were two periods during which temples were constructed; visitors can clearly note the difference is architecture between them.
Some of the other attractions include Kye Monastery, Kungri Monastery and Dhankar Monastery. The Tabo Monastery can be reached through all modes of Transport.

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