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Zanskar (also Zangskar) is a region in Ladakh, north-west India. It is famous for its stunning scenery and Tibetan-style Buddhist monasteries. It borders on Ladakh to which it is almost identical from an outsiders point of view, only being more remote and less densely populated, with less infrastructure.


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Zanskar Valley is currently approachable by road from a Kargil town which is the second largest town in Ladakh region. It lies on the Srinagar - Leh highway. The main town of Zanskar region is Padum which is approx 240 km from Kargil. There is an intermediate village of Rangdum as well. There is currently a road under construction which will connect Darcha to Padum and onwards to Leh via Nimoo.

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Zangla: Was ruled by a titular king, till a few years back. Zangla lies in the north of Zanskar, around 35 km from Padum. For the visit of the austere lifestyle of a small community of nuns, one can find many old nunneries.

Zongkhul: Has many spectacular cave monasteries famous in Zanskar. Zongkhul is located on the trekking trail of Padum to Kishtwar which is just before the starting point of the ascent of Omasi- la Pass trek.

Stongdey: The Stongdey monastery lies on the road towards Zangla, 18 km in north direction from Padum. There is a community of about 60 Gelukpa monks. Stongdey is the second largest monastic establishment in the Zanskar region. Tourists can approach this place on foot by the road in about 4 hours. Monastery climb is rather strenuous, but it is worthwhile after seeing the breathtaking natural beauty of the valley.

Karsha The Karsha Monastery lies just opposite to the main town of Padum which is on another side of the river, Karsha is currently the biggest monastery in Zanskar there are around 70 - 80 monks reside there, beside Karsha monastery is built on a hilltop having Spectacular and panoramic view of whole Paduma and surrounding areas. Karsha monastery is a Gelukpa sect and wears yellow hats.

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  • Trekking. One of most adventures things to do in Zanskar, Ladakh. Zanskar attracts thousands of adventure sports lovers every year, to experience the adventure and thrill of some challenging treks available there. Few of the highest mountain passes of the country are located in the Zanskar. Trekking through these high mountains is enthralling, but trekking in these place requires good trekking experience, as well as trekkers, should be able to take the physical strain. Contact: Outdoor Monks, Dehradun, +917902130130 (), [1].  edit
  • Rafting. Rafting in Zanskar River is one of the most adventures activities to do in Zanskar. This rafting route takes tourists to one of the most amazing and challenging gorges of the world. Water in the Zanskar is very cold and it is always advised to carry a wetsuit along. This rafting trips can continue up to 12 days, where you can enjoy the camping near the river bank, in the nights. Contact: Outdoor Monks, Dehradun, +917902130130 (), [2].  edit
  • Chadar Trek. Trek of a Lifetime! Walk on the Frozen Zanskar River and Camp while the frazil water flows beneath you. Contact: Outdoor Monks, Dehradun, +917902130130 (), [3]. ₹22500.  edit

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