Attractions

Buddhist Monastery in Zanda & Thöling Monastery

Thöling Monastery

Founded by Rinchen Zangpo in the 10th century, Thöling Monastery was once Ngari’s most important monastic complex. Atisha stayed here for three years during the second diffusion of Buddhism in Tibet. It was still fu…
Buddhist Site in Zanda & Thöling Monastery

Yeshe Ö’s Mandala Chapel

Once the main building in the Thöling complex, Yeshe Ö’s Mandala Chapel was also known as the Golden Chapel. All the images have been destroyed but the four chörtens remain along with a few remaining torsos, disembo…
Buddhist Site in Zanda & Thöling Monastery

White Chapel

The entry to this side chapel is marked by a finely carved deodar (cedar) door frame that originated in India. Inside are vibrant 15th- and 16th-century murals, somewhat affected by water damage though mostly restor…
Buddhist Site in Zanda & Thöling Monastery

Main Assembly Hall

The dimly lit chamber of the dukhang has especially fine wall murals, showing strong Kashmiri and Nepali influences; bring a powerful torch (flashlight) to enjoy the rich detail. The Kashmiri influences are noticeab…
Buddhist Stupa in Zanda & Thöling Monastery

Serkhang Chörten

A few steps east of the Thöling Monastery compound in Zanda is the recently restored Serkhang chörten. A similar chörten stands in total isolation just to the west of the town. To the north, between the monastic com…
Historic Building in Zanda & Thöling Monastery

Sutlej Bridge

If you have time to kill in Zanda, drive 4km east of town to this ancient iron link suspension bridge over the Sutlej River. It's thought to be one of the 58 (some say 108) chain link bridges built across the Himala…