Kunzum Travel List #3: Tabo, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh – The Village of Cavemen and Lamas

A Buddhist monk at the Tabo monastery
A Buddhist monk at the Tabo monastery

Don’t honk when driving into Tabo. You might disturb people sleeping in caves.

Tabo is a small Buddhist village of a few hundred, located 3050 m (10,006 feet) above sea level in the cold desert region of the Lahaul-Spiti valley in Himachal Pradesh. It has a beautiful monastery, or gompa, with the ancient compound dating back to 996 A.D. – making it the oldest continually functioning Buddhist establishment in India.

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While you are here, you could:
* Climb the mountain face and explore the caves
* Make friends at cafes like the Third Eye Café, Café Kunzom Top, Zion Café and others.
* Pluck and munch the crunchiest and the tastiest apples in the world. Yes, this cold desert is home to this well kept secret!
* Go for walks and hikes, and generally explore the region – it’s beautiful.

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The Tabo Monastery
The Tabo Monastery

 

 

Some people still keep caves under lock and key in Tabo
Some people still keep caves under lock and key in Tabo

 

 

A Buddhist monk at Tabo monastery supervising the apple crop
A Buddhist monk at Tabo monastery supervising the apple crop

 

 

Apples growing in Tabo monastery
Apples growing in Tabo monastery

 

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