Petit Futé's opinion on TASHIDING MONASTERY
The monastery of Tashiding, founded in 1641 by Ngadak Sempa Chempo, one of the three men who imported Buddhism into the region, is a place of pilgrimage. Located on a hill at 1 465 metres altitude, it belongs to the Courant of Tibetan Buddhism. Known as Thong Wa Rank Dol, or "saviour by its mere sight", the pilgrimage is supposed to purify anyone who goes there. The monastery hosts the festival of Bumchu, where sacred water is collected. Monks live there in small traditional houses next to the monastery. Mani (stone walls covered with sacred formulas) surround the stupas, themselves drowned in prayer flags. There is a very special atmosphere where magic and spirituality blend.