Phuktal-monastery: Stupas outside the Phuktal village and first glimpse of the Phuktal monastery
The Phuktal monastery, the most important and the most remote monastery in the entire Zanskar valley - hidden in a cave on a hill side!
After the long, breath taking (as well as breathless making) walk up at around 4200 meters in the Phuktal valley, the sight of the Phuktal monastery was, more than anything, relieving!
The three stupas mark the boundary of any village in Zanskar.
There is a small guest house just before these stupas, where visitors can halt for the night. As we had halted in Cha, we didn’t stay here. We continued our walk through the winding steps (seen in the far corner in the picture) that start soon after these stupas.
By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)
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