World’s loneliest monk lives on his own island 100 miles from the nearest town
A solitary monk lives in a temple by himself 100 miles away from the nearest town.
Ahwang Pincuo leads a life of ritual and pure isolation in the Rituo Temple in Tibet.
Known as “the stone on the mountain”, the temple is often referred to as the country’s loneliest due to its total isolation.
It is situated on a spit of land which stretches in the Yamdrok Lake and is 100 miles away from Gyantse town and three miles from a small village.
Ahwang spends his days by himself, chanting sutras, meditating and carrying water from the lake to the temple.
He is the latest in a long line of solitary monks who have watched over Rituo Temple over the past 700 years.
When he dies, his place will be taken by someone else, who will take over his daily rituals.
Beyond peace and quiet, there are some other perks to living in one of the country’s hidden gems.
If you are a follower of ancient Buddhist tradition then the property comes with free medical care, given the rumoured ability of a centuries old rock enshrined there which can cure all diseases.
The sights are also said to be fairly spectacular, with Tibetan antelopes running freely on the land beyond and bar-headed geese swimming in the water, Oddity Central reports.
At night the site of the Milky Way above is said to be crystal clear and utterly stunning.