Tabo Monastery- Lahaul Spiti

Tabo Monastery- Lahaul Spiti

By Suny Ag | My Own | 21 Feb 2021

If you go by the description available online the Lahaul and Spiti a district situated in Himalaya, it is a lonely planet or a place where you could go for travel purpose but cannot live there for a longer time. Most people think the area is barren land good for nomads only.

I went there about a decade before Lahaul and Spiti. It is true up to some extent that the tough weather conditions of that area are tough for vegetation, but I was surprised to see the number of tourists walking, biking, and enjoying the pleasant conditions of the area. 

And what I saw was certainly a Nomad army but members of decent families including children from around the world.

I was surprised to see hundreds of people walking around in no hurry to return but enjoying their trip. Let me give you the exact location of the area first. I was in no hurry so I was traveling by bus available during summer and at my own pace. 

I started from Shimla and stayed overnight at Narkanda about 60 km away from Shimla that took almost 4 hours. The next day I stopped at Sangla before moving for Kalpa.

To cut a long story short one can enter into Spiti via Tapri, Kalpa, Pooh, Nako, Sumdo, Tabo. There is no doubt about the fact that there is a very low density of population which is close to 3 people per kilometer with little over 40000 for an area spread over 14000 kilometers. As for the culture of the local people is concerned, the locals are closer to Tibetan culture as the area is close to Tibet. 

I feel I made a mistake when I decided to go to Tabo Monastery in Spiti Valley from Shimla since the place I could reach easily from Manali. Tabo Monastery at 3050 meters above sea level is now 120 years old, also known as the “World of Peace” or a new world where people speak very little or keep smiling only.

I will tell you about my other experiences in the area in my coming posts.


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