Monastery precariously on a cliff in India

Built on natural rocky mountains, Phuktal Monastery is a place of practice for Gelug monks, Vajrayana Buddhism.

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Phuktal Monastery, India.
Phuktal or Phuktal Gompa is an isolated monastery, located in the southeastern region of Zanskar, Ladakh district, India. The building is built entirely of wood and mud, at the entrance of the natural cave, on the canyon. Looking back from afar, this place looks like a giant honeycomb on the cliff. Photo: Amusing Planet.
Phuktal Monastery, India.
Phuktal Monastery was founded in the early 12th century by Gangsem Sherap Sampo, a disciple of Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug Tibetan Buddhist school. Despite its early appearance, the monastery was forgotten until the Hungarian Orientalist Alexander Cosmo de Koros arrived here in about 1826-1827. Photo: India.
Phuktal Monastery, India.
According to Native Planet, the name of the monastery is derived from the words phuk (cave) and thal (idle), so Phuktal means a refuge to seek peace. Today, the monastery is home to about 70 monks with four prayer rooms, a library, a kitchen, a clinic, a living room and accommodation. Photo: Twitter.
Phuktal Monastery, India.
In particular, Phuktal Monastery maintains a clinic and distributes Sowa Rigpa, a natural medicine made here. Monks at the monastery will chant during important events such as weddings, funerals, and births. Photo: Gesar Travel.
Phuktal Monastery, India.
It is also a free place for children to learn in local villages in Lungnak Valley. The curriculum includes traditional and modern subjects, from grades 1 to 8 such as Natural and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Hindi, English, Tibetan, Philosophy, Tibetan Buddhism, and Tibetan Medicine. Students at the monastery come from the poorest families in Zanskar. Photo: Twitter.
Phuktal Monastery, India.
During the opening time from early morning to late afternoon, visitors are allowed to visit the monastery, watch classes and enjoy a meal with the monk. This area does not have a hotel or motel. You can search for some guest houses in the villages of Anmu, Chatang and Purne around. Photo: Amusing Planet.
Phuktal Monastery, India.
July to October is the best time to visit Phuktal Monastery, as the rest months of the year, the way may be frozen. When the snow began to fall and covered Lungnak valley from November to January, monks and children left the monastery to help the outside community. Therefore, there are very few activities to visit during the winter at the monastery. Photo: Amusing Planet.
Phuktal Monastery, India.
Phuktal is one of the few monasteries in Ladakh accessible only by walking. To get here, visitors can travel by means traveling to Padum, the only town in Zanskar, then continue on to Raru Mount and start walking. The walking time can take one to two days, through the villages of Chatang and Purne. Photo: Gesar Travel.

Monastery precariously on a cliff in India Monastery precariously on a cliff in India Reviewed by Duy Khiêm on September 06, 2019 Rating: 5

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