About the region Dagyab

About the region Dagyab

View of the nun hermitage Jorkhe Ritrö
View of the nun hermitage Jorkhe Ritrö
People in Dagyab
People in Dagyab

The region Dagyab, half as big as Hesse, is situated at the headwaters of the Mekong in the far East of the autonomous region Tibet. Dagyab Rinpoche was the most senior religious and secular patron of this province - until he had to leave Tibet in 1959. Till today he feels very much connected to his homeland.

The countryside there is charming and beautiful: fertile river oases with settlements, somehow fortified, alternate with striking, deep red, barren and rugged areas with vertical geological layers and wide, green mountain pastures.

About 50.000 people live there, working in agriculture or living as nomads. The region itself is underdeveloped even for Tibetan standards. Streets and telephones can hardly to be found. Horses cannot be dispensed with because the territory would otherwise be impassable. Its plains and valleys lie between altitudes of 3100 and 4200 m. The administrative center is Yendüm with approximately 1000 inhabitants.