Phugthal Monastery is one of the most spectacular monasteries in Jammu and Kashmir
. It is located at Phugthal
in Kargil District
. Phugthal is about 70 km from Zanskar Valley
Built in the early 12th century, this unique monastic establishment is at the mouth of a huge cave high up in the sheer mountain. A major tributary of the Lungnak River flows nearby.
Phugthal Monastery is inhabited by a resident community of 40 monks. The frescos and ceiling decorations of this gompa shows the strong Indian artistic and oceanographic influences.
From Kargil, State Transport Corporation operates a thrice weekly B-class bus service to Phugthal. Cars and jeeps are also extensively available from Zanskar and Stongdey (50 km.)