Timings : 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Time Required : 1-2 hours
Entry Fee : No entry fee
Tips : No photography is allowed inside the monastery
Best Time to Visit : July to September
The Phugtal (Phuktal) Monastery is a Buddhist monastery situated in the south-east part of Zanskar region in Ladakh. Situated at the mouth of natural cave on a cliff, it is one of the most isolated monasteries in the region, built around 2500 years ago. The Phugtal Monastery looks like a honeycomb from a distance.
Phuk means "cave", and tal means "at leisure" in Zanskari dialect. The monastery can only be reached by foot and requires arduous trekking. Trekking lovers would find this as a great getaway full of enchanting sights and sounds.
The Phuktal Monastic School is located nearby, delivering free education to the children. What is unique about Phugtal Monastery is that the degree of water flowing through the cave remains the same in spite of the pace of water outside. It has 4 prayer rooms, library, kitchen, guest rooms, and living space for around 700 monks.
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