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Tucked away in the picturesque Lungnak Valley; towards the south-east of Zanskar Valley, Phugtal Monastery is undoubtedly one of the most captivating monasteries to visit in Leh Ladakh. An exemplary model of Buddhist architecture, it has numerous caves that houses a number of monks, students, and other scholars.

Also called the ‘Cave of Liberation’, Phugtal Monastery, so far, has been visited by a number of sages, monks, and pious religious leaders. Owing to its serene and tranquil ambience, it serves as an ideal place to meditate and learn the religious scriptures of Buddhism.

In addition to being one of the highest religious centre, Phugtal Monastery also serves as a traditional medical camp to the locals. It also boasts of being the only monastery in Ladakh that can be reached on foot!

Best Time to Visit

July to September is the best time to visit Phugtal Monastery in Ladakh. As the mercury level remains stable, visitors can expect suitable temperature and a clear atmosphere during this period.

How to Reach Phugtal Monastery

For the adventure junkies availing Ladakh trekking packages, they can trek to this pious monastery from Purney Bridge located on the Padum-Manali route. Other classes of visitors can also opt for this trail in order to reach Phugtal Monastery.