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Phugtal monastery in Ladakh

Ladakh's landscape offers spectacular sites adorned with Monasteries. It is very likely that you would spot monks in maroon attires ambling around here in Ladakh. In the Zanskar region, at the opening of a huge cave is the Phugtal Monastery, one of the most isolated monasteries of Ladakh. It dates back to the 12th century. In the façade of the cave that houses this monastery, is a tremendous stream that is also a passageway to the tributaries of southern Lungnak River.

Besides being the residence of 40 monks, Phugtal Monastery has number of chapels situated within its premises. One of the chapels has a strong semblance of Indian art. The frescoes and murals decorated on the walls are artistically done. Buddhism is the dominant religion in Leh Ladakh. The prayer flags flanked along the mountain pathways are indicators of the Ladakhi's and their devotion of Lord Buddha.

Buddhist inscriptions and chortens are found inscribed along the walls bordering Ladakh. Gompas and Monasteries in Leh-Ladakh with thousands of residing monks are found amidst the serenity of mountain ranges.