Opposite of Potala to the south east is the 3,725m Chakpori, believed sacred to Vajrapani, the bodhisattva of Energy and Power. The hill was once the site of Tibet's principal Medical College, known as the Mentsekhang, founded in 1413 and destroyed in 1959 uprising, which is now replaced by steel telecom mast. The slopes of Chagpori contain over 5,000 rock-carvings on the cliff walls, starting from the seventh century onwards.



Attractions in Chagpo Ri, around and from Chagpo Ri

  • Drak Lhalupuk Next door to Drubthub Nunnery is Drak Lhalupuk cave temple, said to be the meditation retreat of King Songtsen Gampo in 7th century, which has relief rock carvings.

  • Drubthub Nunnery On the south eastern side of Chagpori, the nunnery of Drubthop Lhakhang is dedicated to Thangtong Gyelpo (1385-1464), the iron bridge builder, medic and inventor of Tibetan Opera.