From Srinagar over Kargil to Padum and than to Phutkal

The Team with Phuktal Monks

Part two of our Road Trip from Srinagar to Kargil and finally to Padum from where we started to trek to Phutkal or Phugtal Monastery. The last post did end with a Yak baby so I start that one with another picture from the same Yak baby.

Kargil, India

Kargil, India
Good bye sweety!

Kargil, India
Where is the next frame?

Kargil, India
The driver was still sleepy so Jathin did drive almost all the way to Padum

Kargil, India

Kargil, India

Kargil, India

Kargil, India

Went to a Guesthouse and scored the room of the two daughters. Their rooms had only 2 beds and we were 5 people so it was the only one for us. The nice decoration on the walls and a night later we were off to Phuktal.

Kargil, India
The gang in the early morning – sleeping sound and save.

Kargil, India

Kargil, India

Kargil, India
We did take the path on the left side of the river. Most of the supplies do reach the monastery on horses

Kargil, India
My team – Jutin called Frodo, The Professional – hiding behind his dust cover, Miky from Poland and Helena from Spain

Kargil, India
The locals do use every possible patch of land to cultivate some food

Kargil, India

Kargil, India
One of the many prayer walls we passed that day

Kargil, India

Kargil, India

Kargil, India
Stopped at a village for a tea. Did find this tool in a corner.

Kargil, India
They do collect wood for winter and use the dried dung to cook.

Kargil, India

Kargil, India

Kargil, India

Kargil, India
Phuktal Gompa is one of the most isolated monasteries in Zanskar. The monastery was built in the 12th century. The name Phutkal means a cave in the local language.

It was founded by Gangsem Sherap Sampo, a Tibetan Buddhist guru. The monastery is one of the holiest places of pilgrimage for Tibetan Buddhists.

Kargil, India
The main prayer hall on the top right of the picture. There is a smaller one on top of it but you can not see it on that picture.

Kargil, India
Detail of the door

Kargil, India
The little monks in Phuktal had a lot of fun with us

Kargil, India
Thanks to French director Marianne Chaud and his documentary on the life of monks in Phuktal Monastery the hostel was full of french people.
So we went to the school under the monastery. The head monk did give us a classroom which was quite expensive and full of bugs. Since there was no water and I was all sweaty from the walk in the hot sun it was a terrible night. Bugs all over me and too hot in the sleeping bag so I could only use it as a blanket. And we could not open the door or the window as the porch was full of bugs of all sizes and big spiders. There were no mattresses on the floor – only a dirty carpet. When we came back from dinner the monk came again to the room to chat. I gave him a dental floss stick and we did explain how to work that thing. Voila – instant karma – 2 mattresses for us out of nowhere. So, at last, the night was a bit more comfortable. Still – a night to remember!

Author: Marc Hastenteufel

I like to travel and i like to snap pictures! My mother got me a Eurorail ticket when i was 15 and together with 2 friends we adventured into France. This was the beginning of a new addiction. I do like to take pictures so one thing leads to another and on this site i want to share some of my pictures and some of my trips with you! Now i am on the road for more than 6 months every year. Visiting old friends and making new friends while exploring this big blue ball.

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