Attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Mamba

Drigung Til Monastery

Drigung Til sprouts from a high, steep ridge overlooking the Zhorong-chu Valley. The 180-degree views from the main courtyard are stunning and it’s a joy to hang out in the courtyard by the monastery to take in the …
Buddhist Monastery in Nyima Jiangre

Dzongsar Monastery

About 1km northwest of town is the Drigungpa-school Dzongsar Monastery. A short but steep climb brings you to a monastery located on a jagged slope; its name soon becomes clear – the monastery is a converted dzong. …
Buddhist Monastery in Rutok

Rutok Monastery

Founded in the 12th century as a Black Hat monastery, Rutok Monastery converted to the Yellow Hat sect in 1509 during the reign of the second Dalai Lama. Before destruction in 1959 it was home to 35 monks, though on…
Buddhist Site in Nyima Jiangre

Chulong Nunnery

Founded by Drignung-Til as a branch of the Drigung Kagyu school in 1253, Chulong's 112 resident nuns are now members of various Red Hat sects. Inside the main assembly hall look for statues of Guru Rinpoche flanked …
Buddhist Monastery in Nyima Jiangre

Sha Pelma Wangchun Monastery

Just 2km southeast of Nyima Jiangre, Sha is dedicated to the Dzogchen suborder. A highlight of the monastery is the pair of 9th-century doring (inscribed pillars) that flank the entrance gate. These have inscription…
Hot Springs in Tidrum

Tidrum Hot Springs

Strip down and hop in to this medicinal natural hot spring said to cure everything from rheumatism to paralysis, separated by sexes into two partially covered natural pools. It's popular with pilgrims and can get qu…
Buddhist Monastery in Medro Gongkar

Katsel Monastery

Legend has it that this combined Nyingmapa- and Kagyupa-order monastery was founded by the 7th-century King Songtsen Gampo, who was led here by the Buddha disguised as a doe with antlers. The temple is also signific…
Buddhist Monastery in Tidrum

Tidrum Nunnery

The small nunnery of 70 nuns has strong connections to Yeshe Tsogyal, the wife of King Trisong Detsen and consort of Guru Rinpoche (who himself is said to have meditated in a cave not far from the settlement). The K…
Buddhist Site in Gyama Valley

Rabgye Ling Nunnery

This nunnery compound is home to the huge Kadam-style funeral chörten of Sangye On (1251–96), a master of the Taklung School and founder of the Riwoche Tsuglhakhang in Eastern Tibet. Though small, it boasts some fin…
Buddhist Monastery in Zhorong-chu Valley

Yerga Monastery

This 18th-century monastery, a branch of Drigung Til, is home to 38 monks of the Drigung Kagyu school. On the main altar of the assembly hall look for a photo of Yerga that predates the Cultural Revolution, and a pa…