Drakri is one of the ten hermitages belonging to Sera Je College. It was founded in 1416. The incarnation line associated with Drakri is the Drakri Lama, also known as the Bari Lama. It's difficult to know whether the first Drakri Lama gave his name to the site he used for retreat or whether the site got its name from him. Beginning in 1959 it was used as a prison, ceasing to operate as such when other facilities were established in the region. The hermitage became a Nyingma site after its renovation in the 1990s.