We’ve all read about Shangri-La, the mystical but fictional valley that is synonymous with an earthly paradise – a Himalayan Utopia.
So we decided to find out magical places in India where you can live the ‘Shanri-La’ experience; places that are isolated from the outside world; places that are divinely beautiful.
1. Phugtal Monastery
Phugtal Monastery or Phugtal Gompa, is a beautiful Buddhist monastery overlooking a narrow valley and a rope-bridged river in south-eastern Zanskar, Ladakh in northern India. The enigmatic structure is situated on a cliff face at a height of over 3,800 meters resembles a honeycomb.
Though it was constructed in the early 12th century, it was hidden treasure for many until Hungarian Alexander Cosmo de Koros visited the place and stayed between the periods of 1826-27. Since trekking is the only way to reach this serene place, it has remained isolated and cut off from the rest of the region
2. Rumtek Monastery
The Rumtek monastery, also called the Dharmachakra Centre, is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located on the top of the hill facing the city of Gangtok in Sikkim. The monastery is fed by running streams, shielded by the mountains behind and offers great view of Gangtok and snow range mountains.
It is the biggest monastery in Sikkim and undoubtedly, one of the most colorful in India.
3. Ki Monastery
The Ki is a spectacular monastery located on the top of a hill at a height of 13,668 ft, close to the river Spiti, in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The location is spell binding and if you’re lucky enough, you can be invited to their morning prayers.
They also host travelers in a simple 4-person dorm rooms for a small fee. Go for it.