the truly adventurous, the journey up from Sangla towards the Spiti
Valley is a must-do! The Tabo terrain will leave you breathless and
speechless. Rock-hard desert mountains, torrential rivers and icy cold
winds account for the sparsely populated villages. At a height of 10,500
feet, this high altitude desert is home to the second most important
Buddhist monastery in the entire Himalayan region - the Tabo Gompa. It
is now more than 1000 years old and is rumoured to be the place the
Dalai Lama will finally settle in.
The Banjara Retreat at
Tabo overlooks the old monastery and is 1 km away from the Spiti River
that flows through the area. It has been built in the local
architectural style. There are comfortably furnished rooms with attached
bathrooms and a well-equipped kitchen.
How To Reach :
From Shimla you take NH 22
via Kufri-Narkanda-Rampur-Sumdo upto Tabo. Shimla-Tabo is 365 kms. The
Retreat is on the main road and is marked by the Banjara Retreat sign.
By road from Manali
From Manali- take the Manali-Leh highway upto Gramphoo, 62 kms from
Manali. At Gramphoo, turn right on Gramphoo-Batal-Kaza-Tabo road.
Gramphoo-Tabo is 186 kms. The Retreat is on the main road and is marked
by the Banjara Retreat sign.
Eight fully furnished standard rooms and
one family suite with attached baths. 24 hrs running hot and cold water.
Best Time To Visit :
The Retreat stays open
from April to October. Temperatures vary from 26 degrees during the
daytime in June to about 5 degrees during night in October. The Tabo
area does not usually experience rainfall even during the monsoon as it
falls in a rain shadow area. Please carry sunscreen lotion and
Places to visit around the Retreat :
More than 1000 years old monastery in the village.
Beautiful lake in the middle of the village at 3600 Mtrs.
About 800-year- old monastery. The monastery overlooks the confluence of
Pin and Spiti rivers. An hour walk from the monastery takes you to the
beautiful Dhankar Lake.
A short drive from Kaza is the spectacular Pin Valley, home to the Pin
Valley National Park, which is the natural habitat of the snow leopard
and Himalayan ibex.
This is Spiti's second oldest monastery located in the Pin valley.
Kungri provides unmistakable evidence of tantric cult as practiced in
Buddhism. Kungri Gompa is the main center of the Nyingma-pa sect in
Lalung town at above 3800m in the Lingti Valley boasts of one of the
oldest monasteries of the region, which is dedicated to the female
goddesses of Buddhism and contains a total of 51 deities, most of which
are painted in gold.
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