One of the most isolated monastery in Zanskar region in Ladakh district of Jammu and Kashmir, the 12th century Phuktal Gompa stands at the mouth of lateral gorge of the Lungnak or Lingti-Tsarap River. From a distance, the monastery looks like a honeycomb. The name Phutkal means cave in the local language. It was founded by Gangsem Sherap Sampo, a Tibetan Buddhist guru. The monastery is home to about 70 monks and is one of the holiest places of pilgrimage for Tibetan Buddhists.