Welcome to Zanda & Thöling Monastery
Founded by Rinchen Zangpo in the 10th century, Thöling Monastery was once Ngari’s most important monastic complex. It was still functioning in 1966 when the Red Guards shut it down and took a sledgehammer to the chapel’s magnificent interiors, including the fabulous wall murals. Three main buildings survive within the monastery walls. Just north of the monastery a fine kora path leads past a photogenic collection of chörtens, mani walls and views across the Sutlej Valley.
Zanda (རྩ་མདའ་, 札达, Zhádá), or Tsamda, is the bland, recently reconstructed town that has been built up alongside Thöling Monastery. The town consists of a few hotels, restaurants, supermarkets and two army bases.