Tabo at 3050meters is an exceptionally beautiful and clean village on the banks of the Spiti River. Tabo is located between Rekong Peo the head quarters of Kinnaur and Kaza at about 46 Kms from Kaza. Tabo is a settlement built around the Tabo monastery called Chogs-hkhor, a monastery with a history of over 1000 years. Tabo holds the distinction of being the largest monastic complex in Spiti.
Tabo, the first village in Spiti from the Kinnaur side in Himachal Pradesh is located at a height of 10, 760 feet above sea-level. The entry to Tabo is flanked by the Spiti River and the Trans-Himalayan range. Tabo is a good base to explore the Spiti Valley. Kaza famous for the Key gompa is about 40 kms from Tabo. Key gompa is a further 20 kms ahead of Kaza from Tabo.
Pin Valley National Park
Pin Valley National Park is home for more than 20 species of animals and birds, including the endangered Snow leopard. Tabo is about 48 km from Pin Valley National Park
According to an inscription on one of the walls, the monastery was founded in AD 996. Tabo monastery, called Chos-khor is a complex that holds nine temples, 23 chortens, a monks' chamber and an extension that houses the nuns chamber. According to His Holiness Dalai Lama, "The most important is Tabo, noted for its exquisite quality of paintings and stucco images that adorn its walls. These works of art delightfully express the vigour of the transmission of Buddhism from india to Tibet and the dynamic mingling of cultures".
Nako lake located in Kinnaur district is about 60 kms from Tabo. Nako lies within the restricted area close to the Tibetan border. An Inner Line Permit is required, which is available in Reckong Peo for Rs 150 or Kaza or Shimla for free.