In 1996, Tabo attracted national and international attention when His Holiness the Dalai Lama celebrated Tabo Monastery’s millenium anniversary with a two week event of teachings and the Kalachakra initiation. His Holiness the Dalai Lama occupied the throne in the Main Temple for the opening ritual of the Kalachakra initiation. Attended by 26,000 pilgrims, the event transformed the village Tabo into a tourist destination.
Kye Monastery has Thangkas (a painted or embroidered Tibetan banner), valuable manuscripts of high aesthetic value, images, unique wind instruments and on the top of all this a collection of weapons which were probably made use of to defend the monastery from the attackers. The wind instruments are still put to use in summers during Chaam. Around the month of June and July, the Kye Monastery celebrates a festival wherein Chaam dances are followed by a procession that reaches the ritual ground below the monastery. Here, a large butter sculpture of a demon is set on fire.
Locals here also run an old age home for people looking for salvation in their old age.
In recent years, due to the deterioration of the building, some sections of the gompa have been abandoned and a new gompa has been built further down. Meanwhile, the fort of Dhankar, destroyed by an earthquake in 1975, now lies in ruins, but is still a place worthy of a visit. From the remnants of the fort one can see vast expanses of the Spiti valley. Dhankar is also of art historical importance. Dhankar Monastery is recognized by the World Monuments Fund as one of the Hundred Most Endangered Sites in the world (http://www.wmf.org/project/dhangkar-gompa).
Above Dhankar is a fresh water lake about 1.5 km from the village at a height of 13500 ft acting as the source of water supply for the village. Set amidst lush green pastures, the lake offers a perfect idyllic camping site but locals do not allow camping at the lake anymore.