Not always flood is synonymous with misfortune. In the rainy season, the already impressive Phuktal Monastery gains a touch of beauty, with a waterfall between its buildings. The waters do not threaten the mud and timber houses that have been there since the 12th century. The monastery is inhabited by about 70 Buddhist monks, who chose to live inmates. The site is open for tourists, but can only be reached by climbing the 3,850-meter-high cliff to ensure the temple remains isolated from the rest of the world.
The monastery is in the mouth of a cave in Ladakh, northern India. Places like this are considered sacred in Buddhism and it is said that the water that passes there has healing properties. Outside the rainy season, there is only one source within the rocks that supplies the monks.
Most of the visitors are from Tibetan Buddhists, who make a pilgrimage to the monastery. There they find simple dwellings and precarious resources, but also four prayer halls with frescoed walls and ceilings, as well as a large library.