From the windows of our rooms we could see the near-ruined monastery of Tholing and the remains of its buildings, dating back to 996AD.
Visiting the Inside of Tholing Is like walking through a real-life scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark, but in the absence of technologically advanced lighting to Illuminate these cultural treasures, the darkness serves their preservation best.
If we accept a mid-11th to late 12th century date for Lachuse (see below), complete pictorial life cycles must have been known to the Lachuse artists, as the Tholing
, Khojar and Nako portals were then already extant.
Founded contemporaneously with Nyar ma, and counting, with Nyar ma and Tholing
, as the three major foundations of the Purang-Guge Kindom, the monastery of Khojarnath (Khor chags) in Purang yielded a surprising discovery during restoration work.
In the first instance, a large number of 'authentic' texts were translated into Tibetan by establishing translation workshops at Nyarma, Tabo, Lari, Tholing
and a few other places in the mNga'-ris bskor-gsum.
Kyi thang pa Ye shes dpal, Dka' spyad sgron ma rnam thar shel phreng lu gu rgyud, Preparatory Committee for the 1000th Year Anniversary of Tholing
, Dharamsala 1996.
Neither during the Tucci expeditions in the 1930s or from the Chinese excavations at Tsaparang and Tholing
in the 1980s and 1990s, nor in the course of the extensive field surveys in the western Changthang plains by John V.