Perched in the remote town of Phugtal, this is a popular cave gompa that you must visit when you are in Ladakh. It is located next to River Lungnak and offers a tranquil ambience that captivates your soul. It is famed as a scenic retreat to indulge in meditation and learning.
There are 70 monks who reside in the monastery and is believed to be founded by GangsemSherapSampo. Often called the 'cave of liberation’, Phuktal Monastery is one of the most unique monasteries in India. Dating back to the 12th century, Phugtal Monastery is famed for having various frescos and murals on Buddhist history.
Highlights: Phuktal Monastery is famous for its astounding construction that gives it a look of a honeycomb. Built from mud and timber, Phuktal Gompa is an isolated monastery with a very fine look located at the entrance of a natural cave near Lungnak river.
Best time to visit: June to September is the most ideal time to plan a trip to
Location: Phugtal Monastery, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
Distance from Leh: Phugtal Monastery is at a distance of about 410 km from Leh.