Phugtal Monastery

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Phugtal Monastery
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Phugtal Monastery is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Phugtal Monastery
Phugtal Monastery
Location within the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India
Coordinates: 33°16′N 77°11′E / 33.267°N 77.183°E / 33.267; 77.183
Monastery information
Location Zanskar, Kargil district, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Founded by Gangsem Sherap Sampo
Founded Early 12th century
Type Tibetan Buddhist
Sect Drukpa
Number of monks 70 monks

Phugtal Monastery or Phugtal Gompa (often transliterated as Phuktal) is a monastery in south-eastern Zanskar, Ladakh in northern India.

Founded by Gangsem Sherap Sampo in the early 12th century, the monastery is a unique construction built into the cliffside like a honeycomb. It is located on the mouth of a cave on the cliff face of a lateral gorge of a major tributary of the Lungnak (Lingti-Tsarap) River.

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Home to about 70 monks the monastery has a library and prayer rooms. A stone tablet reminds of Alexander Csoma de Kőrös author of the first English-Tibetan dictionary who explored Ladakh and visited in 1826-27.


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