A journey to Phugtal in pictures


A dash of green at the only house you will encounter on the way

Read : Stunning experiences from the most remote monastery in the world

Beginning of the trail, golden colours of the mountains


Fabulous terrain sculpted by nature itself


Sand and stone formations, I can also spot a cave sort of opening on that huge mountain


The slender path clings to the right side of the river, loose gravel shifts and falls into the river making it a precarious walk


Dramatic scenery in Lungnak Valley, Tsarap Chu (the river responsible for the debacle of Chadar Trek in 2015)


The lama stationed by the monastery starts waving to me even as I wonder ‘What if?’


First glimpse of the swaying bridge over Tsarap Chu


The path periodically comes down to the dizzying river and then makes for a steep climb


Can you spot a monk in the picture?


You really want these prayer flags to help for just that little bit


Don’t be a gama in the land of the lama!


I will be forever grateful to that person from Yal village for sewing up my torn shoes


How often do you see that?! Lamas posing with the coolest caps ever made


Checking up on me, eh! Bloody fingers and all that


Chortens, monks, a monastery guesthouse and the greatest of all sights; built inside a cave Phuktal Gönpa
A place that I’ve aspired to visit, after falling in love with the monasteries of Spiti, Lahaul and Ladakh


Stunning colours of the mountains


My favourite picture of Phuktal Gönpa


An eternal spring flows inside the cave; notice the lone Cypress tree on top


We are literally on top of the river, on a limestone cliff, within a cluster of buildings made of mud and stone. Gloriously old.


Monks having lunch in the picturesque courtyard of the cutest school you will ever see


Lunch time meant it was a good opportunity to mingle with these little kid monks


Families from all across Zanskar send their kids to the monastic school in Phugtal Monastery


A view from inside the labyrinth of houses and scrabble of white washed buildings


Artistic treasures lie scattered; a team of artists from Chilling has made some beautiful Bodhisattvas inside the monastery


Classes being held at the hanging courtyard (come to think of it)


We can hardly imagine how that wonderful structure was built on that vertical cliff


The oldest part of the monastery is said to be more than a 1000 years old and the paintings are similar in style to Alchi & Tabo

Want to know more about Zanskar? Doing the unthinkable – Solo Trekking to Zanskar

17 Comments Add yours

  1. arv! says:

    Looks like a different world altogether.. as if the time has frozen! Very difficult to imagine by those living in cities, in luxuries!


    1. Perfect words ‘As if time has frozen’; couldn’t have said it better. Lets go there together this time, Arvind bhai!

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      1. arv! says:

        Sure. Shubham! That’ll be awesome!


  2. Ragini Puri says:

    Striking landscape beautifully captured for posterity. I remember reading about the Phukta Gutor festival celebrated here, to mark the end of the Tibetan year.

    On another note, all these difficult to access monasteries seem like a faraway dream.

    And about the ‘almost invisible’ monk – he is standing on the left riverbank, close to the rivulet.

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    1. Thanks for the generous words, Ragini. The Phuktal Gutor appears like a dream and I hope to return someday.
      Perfectly spotted!


  3. hackernewbie says:

    Intriguing. Scary. Fantastic.


    1. Thanks. Thanks and Thanks! Epic comment, Rajiv.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. hackernewbie says:

        Bellcome bellcome bhaijaan 🙂


  4. pc73 says:

    loved the idea of doing a ‘photo story’!!


    1. Hey Pooja. I shall be doing more of the same. Glad you liked the idea.


  5. bhishma says:

    macha rakha hai bhai apne 🙂
    bahut badhiya


    1. Ohhhoooo Bhishma bhai. Glad to see you here. Thanks.


  6. Charanpreet says:

    I fall in love with this place. You are such a lucky person on earth. I have marked this place in my bucket list. Is it possible to visit there with you?


    1. It is indeed a surreal experience to be there. Send me an email and perhaps we can go again, this year!


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