The monastery at village Sissu at a height of 3,100 m. in Lahul Sub-division
is perched on a steep rocky declivity is the only object which invariably attracts the
tourists. This shrine reflects the strong influence of Buddhism in this area. It possesses
a pleasant little rest-house surrounded by the willow trees, a primary school, and a
maternity centre. The most awe-inspiring God is Geyphan at Sissu.
Tabo, an ancient village, more than 3,050 m.
above sea level, has a small but beautiful hamlet on the left bank of the Spiti River. It
is the second village in Spiti from the eastern approach. Flanked on either side by lofty
hills, brown and sun- burnt, it is the seat of one of the most famous Buddhist gompa
regarded by many as only next to the Tholing gompa in Tibet.The Tabo gompa is the seat of
about 50 lamas and preserves very big collections of scriptures and pieces of art, wall
painting and stucco sculpture.
The murals of this gompa have some
similarity to Ajanta wall paintings. There was a severe earthquake n the 19th of January,
1975 and Tabo monastery was badly affected. Breaches had appeared on the fresco-paintings
on the walls. These fresco paintings here do form a marvelous feature.
"Tandi village is situated at the
confluence of Chandra and Bhaga rivers. There is an interesting legend on this confluence.
It is said that Chandra and Bhaga were two lovers, Chandra being the daughter of the Moon
and the Bhaga the son of the God Sun. To perform the eternal marriage they decided to
climb the Baralacha Pass- and from their run in opposite directions, encircling a vast
tract of Lahul.