Trekking in India is just another dream because you won’t find many places offering amazing trek experiences. But, the Phugtal monastery is located on the mouth of a cave on the cliff face of a lateral gorge of a major tributary of the Lungnak (Lingti-Tsarap) River. Phugtal Monastery is a massive cave Monastery held high-up in the steep mountains.
Adventurous travellers in India and abroad will appreciate the isolated splendour of Phugtal Monastery, Ladakh. Trekking in Ladakh would be an experience for a lifetime.
Zanskar is probably the most isolated valley in India and Phugtal is the remotest part of Zanskar.
The trek to the monastery is itself an amazing experience which gives tourists the rare chance to explore the aloof interiors of Ladakh. Not only the urban areas are meant to be discovered, we also need to check out the rural ends of the country.
It takes 5 days to trek and reach the monastery and the walk involves crossing wooden bridges suspended over the River Lungnak, and traversing barren stony landscape which is filled with ancient rocks with Tibetan script carved on them.
It is this demeanour which makes this Monastery unique amongst all others in the Zanskar valley. The foundation of this monastery is primarily made of twigs and mud. It was found way back in the 12th century and is home to around 70 monks.
Be prepared, you might just encounter a sandstorm.
The frescoes and ceiling decorations of the monastery connects to the same era of Alchi Monastery and Tabo Monastery – one of the oldest monasteries. The most attractive aspect is the hollow in the rock in the cave over the monastery. The level of the water in this hollow never spills regardless of any amount of water being drawn from it and is believed to have healing powers!
A trip to Phugtal Monastery is an amazing experience for tourists to share and experience spiritual life of a community of monks which dates back centuries. It really is a once-in-a lifetime adventure for the adventurous.
You will fins a lot of tourist places in India but the Phugtal monastery is the epitome of monks living high up in the mountains, detached from the rest of the world. These monks will give you the most amazing hospitality services that you won’t even have imagined.