Phokar, Kargil

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Phokar, also known as Fokar, is situated in the vicinity of the Shargole Monastery on top of a hill. The place is known for the Phokar Rizong and the Urgyang Dzong. The Phokar Rizong is positioned on a circular flat ground and serves as an ideal place for meditation. It is surrounded by caves and peaks and has several other religious centres founded by Buddhist saints including Padmasambhava, a popular Buddhist Guru, in the area.Tourists can reach the place by trekking to the hilltop. Two routes take visitors to the place. One is a cave route that is 1 km long and the other around the mountain, which is around 4 km long. The cave route remains closed through June and July.

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