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Tabo Gompa

Tabo Gompa

Founded in AD 996, and retaining five sub-temples dating back over 900 years, Tabo Gompa is reckoned to be the oldest continuously functioning Buddhist monastery in India. Don't expect the towering, colourful...

Tibetan in Tabo

Cafe Kunzum Top

Shaded by a parachute canopy held high on a prayer pole, Kunzum Top sits amid flowers in the walled yard of the Sonam Homestay, which is also a good budget place to stay. It specialises in local and Tibetan food,...

Multicuisine in Tabo

Tiger Den

Tabo's most quintessential traveller cafe provides pitas, pizzas, lemon chicken and superb hummus along with Indian and Tibetan fare and so much more. It's set in a yard of hollyhocks and prayer flags, almost...

Cave in Tabo


A number of small caves, whose openings are easily visible on the hillside just above the main road, were once part of the old monastery complex. Access is a steep 200m walk starting up the steps opposite the...

Museum in Tabo

Monastery Museum

A new but very much traditionally styled extension to the old gompa's Zal-ma is nearing completion and will eventually house a museum of the monastery's collected treasures including artefacts and historical photos.

Library in Tabo


To enrich your knowledge of Tibet and Buddhism, discover this great little reference library hidden away upstairs within the monastery guesthouse building. Most is in English.