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The Old mud walls of the Dzar-dzong Gompa - so very typical of Tibetan Architecture.
Most trekkers, coming down exhausted from Thorung la, and in a hurry to reach Jomsom / Kagbeni, do not bother to look around this old Monastery.
I would suggest that one should spend some time here. It is worth it. You will reach Kagbeni in a couple of hours - or maximum 3. The road is generally going down hill and is safe. I think, one can afford to stay till as late as 3 or 4 in the evening and reach Kagbeni by 6pm in the evening.

Dzar (Jharkot) was the leading village having a fortress and monastery, guarding the six villages along Dzong Chu at the south. The Six villages are Kheng-Khar, Dzar and Purrang on the left bank(south) and Chhenkor, Dzong and Puttra on the right (north). These villages were once called "Dar-rDzong-yul-drug" as a community. The fort of Dzar is now almost ruined except for a few rooms being used by villagers.
The monastery was founded in Kagyu-pa (tib.:bKa'-brgyud-pa) order in the middle of 15th century, Deities of the main hall are Sakyamuni, SakyaPandita (tib.:Sa-skya pandita) and Gorchen-Kunga-Sand-po (tib.:Ngor-chen Kun-dga'-bzan-po) protected by glass plates. Images of Sakyamuni, Sixteen arhats - three Types of Buddhas, Mahavairocana, Amitaba, Avarokitesvara with four arms, and Four Guardians are on the walls, repainted in 1950's.

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