5 world’s remotest monasteries you must visit

Monasteries are renowned for their quiet solitude, so it’s no surprise that they’re usually built in remote places. But other people take solitude to a whole new level. Many are not only remote from society but also difficult to reach, requiring long hikes or climbs up cliff faces.

Here are 5 world’s remotest monasteries you must visit

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1. Taktsang Palphug Monastery, Bhutan

Another name for the Taktsang Palphug Monastery in Bhutan is The Tiger’s Nest. Reaching this monastery, which stands 900 meters above the Paro Valley on a cliff, is undoubtedly every traveller’s goal because climbing all those sharp vertical slopes is no easy job.

2. The Monasteries of Meteora, Greece

Metéora is a Greek word that means suspended in the air or the heavens above. Meteora’s monasteries are a collection of six monasteries built in the 15th century.  You will sweat to get to these Eastern Orthodox monasteries, which are built on naturally formed sandstone rock pillars.

3. Tatev Monastery, Armenia

Situated on a plateau above the Vorotan Gorge, the Tatev Monastery is a ninth-century monastery found in the Syunik region of Armenia. The Holy Mother of God Church, Saint Gregory the Illuminator’s Church, and the Church of Saints Paul and Peter are the three churches that make up the monastery, which had a university in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

4. St. George’s Monastery, Israel

Israel’s St. George Monastery, which is situated in the Judean Desert halfway between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, is another hard-to-access monastery. It appears that the monastery has been clinging to a rock since the fifth century.

5. Key Monastery, India

The Key Monastery in Himachal Pradesh’s Spiti Valley is perhaps one of India’s most isolated monasteries. This stunning Tibetan monastery, situated at an altitude of 13500 feet above sea level, serves as the gateway to the Western Himalayas of northern India. As per historians, this calm religious site dates back to the 11th century, and getting there is no easy task, even if there is a motorable road leading to it.