Drakza Monastery is in Chiknyisep Township of Nangchen County. The monastery is situated on a rocky cliff surrounded by mountains. The locals believed that this place resembles a lotus flower, which these stiff mountains around the monastery represent petals of the lotus flower. The landscape of the monastery is breathtaking and peaceful.
Drakza monastery belongs to the Karma Kargyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It was built in the 15th century as a retreat center for the yogis. But later its turns monastery as well as a retreat center. These days there are 20 monks, and a few of them are on retreat.
The monastery has so many ancient relics and Tibetan Buddhist scriptures. The most amazing thing that the monastery has is the mummified Buddhist monk, who posted in a meditation state. It was believed to be 200 hundred years old but could see the silky hair and long nails from the monk’s body. This body was found in a cave above the main monastery about 20km from the Drakza monastery. When they returned to this monastery a few years back, they said lots of auspicious signs appear in the sky, such as rainbow appearing without any rain.
There is a heavy cave above the Drakza Monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava stayed a week retreat. There are lots of palm prints and footprints on those huge rocks. From the top of a rock behind the monastery, one could see the whole valley around.
Many wildlife animals are staying around the monastery. It’s hard to see such places where wildlife and humans live together. The monk at the monastery feeds them when there is harsh winter, and due to heavy snowfalls for weeks, this wildlife can’t survive.
How to travel to Drakza Monastery
The nearest city is Nangchen County, and from there it takes around 3 hours, depending on the weather. The roads from Chiknyisep township to the monastery are bad, especially during summer and winter, due to heavy rains in summer and heavy snow in winter.
There is no accommodation at the monastery. Once you finished touring around the monastery, there are two options. The first option is going back to Nangchen county, and the other one is to travel further to Tana Monastery. It was about 60km from the monastery. Tana Monastery is one the most famous monastery in Kham Nangchen. The roads are not good for small cars but SUV car it’ll be fine.
Kham Nangchen is one of the best places to travel in the Kham area. There are so many mystic places around the Nangchen. The best time to travel to Nangchen is in summer.