Ruins of Ob-tsho Dzong

 The history reflects back to as early as 8th century in Tibet and from 12th century in Bhutan when Drupthop Ter Khungpa established a ladrang (lama lineage) at Ob-tsho in Goenyuel (Gasa). This is the same gentry family of the first Desi of Bhutan, Umdze Tenzin Drugyel of the 17th century that has shifted the settlement at Amorimu and Sewala.

The ruin on the way from Amorimu to Sewala links up the history of the family to past. Sewala is well known for its pious establishment and enfolds some most affluent religious relics. This is where we can link up our cultural and spiritual heritage to the modern ways of living.

Geographically, the Obtsho ruin is nested on the imposing hill above the Gasa-Punakha highway. It takes almost an hour’s walk before reaching Gasa Dzong. History noted that it used to be the seat of dominant Obtsho offspring, including the highly respected Drukpa master grubthob gTer Khungpa until the 17th century. Today,only the distorted and probable remains of the Utse, administrative blocks and the distinct defense wall with shooting slits can be seen.

The current Obtsho ruin was once a flourishing seat of DrupthobTer Khungpa,suggested to have been founded in the early 12th century AD. It was believed to have come into effect by the outbreak of the epidemic which cost the lives of many inhabitants in the area. As a result, based on the signs of (an) omen, the Dzong is said to have been abandoned in order to be able to build on the site meditated by Drupthob Ter Kungpa – the current site where Gasa Dzong now stands.