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13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Phugtal Monastery under the moonlight. Indian Himalayas of Zanskar.

Phugtal Monastery or Phugtal Gompa, founded in 12th century, is one of the most isolated tibetan buddhist monastery in the south-eastern Zanskar region in Ladakh district of Jammu and Kashmir in northern India. The monastery is a unique construction of mud and timber built at the entrance of a natural cave on the cliff face of a lateral gorge of a major tributary of the Lungnak (Lingti-Tsarap) River. From a distance, the monastery looks like a giant honeycomb.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: India
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Copyright: © Quynh Anh Nguyen