Photographer's Note

Tabo, a small town in the Lahaul and Spiti district on the banks of the Spiti River in Himachal Pradesh, India. The town lies on the road between Rekong Peo and Kaza, the sub-divisional headquarters of Spiti. The town surrounds a Buddhist monastery which, according to legend, is said to be over a thousand years old. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has expressed his desire to retire to Tabo, since he maintains that the Tabo Monastery is one of the holiest. In 1996, HH the Dalai Lama conducted the Kalachakra initiation ceremony in Tabo, which coincided with the millennium anniversary celebrations of the Tabo monastery. The ceremony was attended by thousands of Buddhists from across the world.

The Tabo caves are situated above renowned Tabo monastery, which are used as abode for the Buddhist monks during the winters of the Himalayas. The Tabo caves are man made structures created upon the cliffs above the village and Tabo monastery. The Tabo caves are artificial caves crafted on fragile rock surface and are eroding with the passage of time. Although the appropriate time of construction of the caves cannot be measured, but it can be derived that the caves are rather old.

There is a cave that was originally utilised as an assembly hall by the Buddhist monks. Most other caves were mainly used for the purpose of lodging and dwelling. There is also evidence that the caves were also used for storage of cattle and grains. There are structures constructed in front of a few caves that have modified them into residences. Even in the modern times, the caves are still used, and the presence of flags signifies that monks are using the caves for the purpose of meditation.

It was a pleasant walk to the caves from the Tabo monastery and one can have an enchanting panoramic view of Tabo town from there. The caves are still neat and tidy, good enough for shelter even now. This one is from inside one of the many caves and I have also included another POV from the same place so that you get a better view of the area and surroundings.

And yes 6 yrs of TEing and now it has become more of an everyday ritual (whenever time permits). Thanks to all who have helped me to understand photos better with their critical appreciation and suggestions. My love and best regards to all of you.

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