Phugtal Monastery | Lungnak Valley | Leh & Ladakh

Glorious adventures are to be found in Zanskar Range’s precious jewel, Ladakh, where millions of animals and plants live together in harmony. At the heart of the Lungnak Valley in Ladakh sits the picturesque Phugtal Monastery.

Phugtal Monastery in Tibet

Lungnak Valley in the Ladakh Autonomous Region in the Himalayas is one of the most remote regions in India, and there is only one monastery in the entire area, the Phugtal Monastery. The monastery is situated on a cliff, and Tibetan Buddhists reside there. Consequently, people flock to its exquisite honeycomb construction and scenic surroundings, making it one of the most popular destinations in India.

Gangsem Sherap Sampo created Phuktal Gompa in the early 12th century, a student of the Gelug founder Tsongkhapa. While the monastery was built in the 12th century, it remained a well-guarded secret for many centuries when Hungarian nobleman Alexander Cosmo de Koros came and lived there from 1826 to 1827.

The location, architecture, and isolation of the Phuktal caverns are spiritually significant because ancient wandering monks used them for prayer and meditation. There are four rooms where people may worship, one area for people to read in, one room for instruction, a kitchen, a library, residential space for up to 70 monks, and guest rooms. Tourists like the frescoes and ceiling design of the ancient chapel.

One of the few Ladakhi Buddhist monasteries accessible exclusively on foot is Phuktal Gompa. Unfortunately, Padum has no public transportation access; hence, one has to go by taxi from Padum to Raru and then on foot. To get to Phugtal from two tiny settlements, Chatang and Purne, take a short walk. It is around 7 kilometres from Purne Monastery.

Kinnaur Landslide | 25 July 2021 | Sangla Valley

Nine persons – eight of them tourists and their drivers – were killed on Sunday in Sangla Valley in the Kinnaur region of the Himachal Pradesh when a boulder raced down a hill.

Among those killed was an Ayurveda doctor from Jaipur, a 26-year-old Naval Officer from Darri in Korba district Chhattisgarh, with her friend from the USA. Three family members — a young accountant, his sibling, and his mom — from Sikar, Rajasthan.

In the tragedy also died a 27-year-old Nagpur lady, Pratiksha Sunil Patil. Delhi bus driver, Umrab Singh (42).

Diskit Monastery | Nubra Valley’s Oldest Buddhist Monastery

Diskit Monastery, the oldest and biggest Buddhist Monastery in Nubra Valley, stands towering at a height of 10,300 feet in Ladakh’s cold desert. It was created in the 14th century by Changzem Tserab Zangpo, a pupil of Tsong Khapa, and is affiliated with the Gelugpa (yellow hat) school of Tibetan Buddhism. It is part of the Thiksey Monastery.

The major and one-of-a-kind feature of Diskit monastery is a massive statue of Lord Buddha atop it. This well-known monastery may be found in Ladakh’s Nubra valley. This well-known tourist site is regarded as one of Ladakh’s oldest and largest Buddhist centres.

The massive 106-foot Maitra Buddha monument, which was unveiled by the well-known holy priest Dalai Lama, is a major draw for tourists from all over the world. The statue is supposed to represent and promote three fundamental ideas: the protection of Diskit Village, the avoidance of additional conflict with Pakistan, and the promotion of international peace.

Nubra Diskit Village

Diskit village is located in the Nubra Valley, which is famous for its double-humped Bactrian camels, night sky, desert, and picturesque scenery. The Nubra River is a tributary of the Shyok River, that flows parallel to the River Indus on the Ladakh Range’s northern flank. Because the valley is at a lower elevation, it offers a good environment for lush green flora, earning it the title of “Orchard of Ladakh.”

If you’re in Diskit, be sure to check out the river below for some breathtaking scenery. You should also go to Hunder village, which is nearby. Diskit and Hunder Village are only 8 kilometres apart. Hunder is well-known for its silver sand dunes, double-humped Bactrian camel rides, picturesque villages, and a magnificent night sky for astronomy.

Shey Monastery And Palace | Leh & Ladakh

Shey monastery and palace are located on the Leh-Manali route, 15 kilometres from Leh town. The monastery and Shey palace were erected in the 16th century AD. The Du-Khang is enshrined at the monastery by a nearly 10-meter-high copper statue of Lord Buddha.

King Deledan Nagmyal erected the Shey Palace, which has the biggest victory stupa in Leh, the top of which is made of pure gold. The royal family lived at the Shey Palace until 1834 AD, when they relocated to the Stok Palace. ASI has taken over the Shey Palace for protection.

Shey Monastery’s architecture is in the Tibetan style. The great Shakyamuni Buddha statue in the gompa is 12 metres tall and spans three storeys. A variety of magnificent wall murals may be seen on the monastery’s top floor. The lower floor includes a library and paintings depicting Buddha images in various mudras (hand gestures). Another modest shrine erected by Sengge Namgyal a little distance from the monastery holds another big statue of Shakyamuni Buddha.