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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ACL1978 (7467) 2012-09-03 7:54
We both posted shots of cave or rock dwellings today - must be something in the air.
Congrats on the anniversary, Anupam, and on a very effectively realized shot. The light filtering into the cave is great - delicate but still bright enough to reveal the texture of the walls, and not overexposed at the cave's mouth, which is a difficult thing to avoid in shots like this. Nice informative note that helps put the shot into perspective.
delpeoples (52305) 2012-09-05 1:12
Namaskar dear Anupam
Congratulations on your 6 years on TE, this is such an achievement. You celebrate well with this original photo and the fascinating subject-matter, Excellent light management and wonderful colours and textures.
Nice work, congratulations
jester5 (1928) 2012-09-09 2:17
This is a great shot for such difficult lighting.Details,colour and light are well handled and a very interesting note too. Thank you for sharing your 6years with us all Anupam.Hope there are many more to go.
williewhistler (12122) 2012-10-31 8:51
by including so much of the interior of the cave it`s almost possible to be transported there,you`ve managed to handle the various light sources well.
A fine photograph with much interest.
fabianoleite (9367) 2013-01-20 18:57
Good work in the caves. The texture of the interior was explored and not just blackened out, and we see great colors in the hole. Nice work, congratulations!
- Copyright: Anupam Deb (anupam06) (765)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-06-13
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon 450D (Digital Rebel XSi), Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM, circular polarizer
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-03 7:28