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VISITING TABO MONASTERY

Visitors are welcome at Tabo Monastery.

The Sarai accommodation building provides accommodation for monastery guests and visitors to Tabo Monastery. It includes a small but comprehensive library, several rooms with attached or common bathrooms and a communal dormitory. Visitors are requested to act with a sense of decorum appropriate for a monastery.

There are several restaurants in Tabo village where guests can eat.

Tabo village is at an altitude of 3,280 metres. It is advisable for travelers with pre-existing problems of heart, lungs or anemia to consult their doctor before their trip.

The weather in Spiti varies from extreme cold in winter to bright and sunny in Summer.

The best times to visit Tabo Monastery are between May and October. The average temperature in June is max 28c min 2c.

Visitors should bring clothing consisting of layers which can be added or removed as the temperature varies considerably from day to night. Some items to bring could include : a warm windproof jacket, sweater, comfortable trekking shoes, sun screen lotion, sun glasses, lip salve, a hat, scarf, tissue papers, flashlight, can opener, personal medicines, water bottle.

Phone (STD, ISD and FAX facilities are available in Tabo. Internet is also (sometimes) available. Postal service is available from Tabo.

It is advised to change currency before arriving in Tabo (in Shimla or Manali), as no money changing facilities are available in Spiti.

PERMIT REQUIREMENTS TO VISIT SPITI

1. Indian nationals do not require a permit.
2. The government of India has also relaxed requirements for foreign tourists. Foreigners are allowed to travel to Tabo via Kullu - Manali - Kaza without a permit. However, for entry to Tabo via Shimla - Kinnaur, a permit is required.
3. Foreign tourists are advised to apply at the DC office (District Collectorate office) at Shimla or Rekong Peo, Himachal Pradesh, for a permit to visit Tabo from Kinnaur side.
4. The route via Kinnaur may remain open all year. However it is possible it may close from January to March. The road via Manali often remains closed from December to mid June if there is heavy snow at Rohtang.

HOW TO GET TO TABO MONASTERY

The roads in Spiti are weather beaten. They are often closed because of damage from the elements. Travelers are recommended to investigate the road conditions before embarking on their journey.
1. Delhi - Shimla - Rekong Peo - Kaza (approx 790 kms).
Delhi - Shimla (370 kms). Buses go regularly (approx 9 hrs), or you can take the train to Chandigarh/ Kalka and then taxi to Shimla. Flights are available direct to Shimla.
Shimla - Rekong Peo - Kaza (approx. 420 kms). From Shimla there are 2 direct buses to Kaza via Rekong Peo (approx 20 hrs.) Or there are daily buses to Rekong Peo. Then you can bus to Kaza or take a taxi.
2. Delhi - Manali - Kaza (approx.763 kms).
Delhi - Manali (550 kms). Buses go regularly to Manali from Delhi. Flights are also available to Bhuntar (and then 2hr bus or taxi ride to Manali.)
Manali - Kaza (213 kms). Early morning bus, depending on the road. Taxi also available. (approx. 9hrs).

A SPECIAL APPEAL FOR THE SERKONG SCHOOL

We created the Serkong School in order to help support poorer students, by providing free room and board. The school presently has 310 students, but the old school building is need of renovation. The growing student population also needs an additional dormitory (hostel) building, and funding for these efforts is urgently needed.
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PERMIT REQUIREMENTS TO VISIT SPITI

Indian nationals do not require a permit. Foreign tourists are advised to apply at the DC office (District Collectorate office) at Shimla or Rekong Peo, Himachal Pradesh, for a permit to visit Tabo from Kinnaur side.
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