A monk is a person who practices religious asceticism, living either alone or with any number of monks, while always maintaining some degree of physical separation from those not sharing the same purpose. The concept is ancient and can be seen in many religions and in philosophy. (wiki)
Ladakh & Spiti region has many historic monasteries called Gompas, where Buddhist monks live, study and practice their religion. Below is a small glimpse of the world of monks and their solitude.