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Wrapped in snow capped peaks and huddled amidst two tiny alpine lakes, Zanskar is a beautiful tourist destination in the northern parts on India. It is one of the scantly inhabited Himalayan valleys blessed with immense natural scenic beauty.
Where is Zanskar Valley located?
Zanskar is located in the Ladakh district of Jammu and Kashmir state.
Places to see in Zanskar:
There are several interesting places you can visit while at Zanskar. Listed here are a few:
Zongkhul -The spectacular Zongkhul monastery can be reached by undertaking an exciting trekking route through the Padum-Kishtwar trail. This monastery is an architectural delight.
Zangla – Lying deep in the northern region of Zanskar, Zangla is an old castle. A small chapel here lies on a hilltop, overlooking the desert valley below. Tsa-zar is a tiny village nearby which treasures exquisite murals.
Penzella Pass – This pass divides the Zanskar valley with the Suru valley. The captivating beauty of Penzella Pass makes it a favorite vintage point for the nature lovers. Visitors can enjoy magnificent views of majestic mountains and alluring countryside from the Penzella Pass.
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Stongdey Monastery – One of the fascinating attractions in Zanskar is the Stongdey Monastery. The stunning structure is associated with the Tibetan yogi, Marpa and is the second largest monastic establishment of Zanskar. About 60 Gelukpa monks are the permanent residents of Stongdey Gompa. It houses numerous majestic shrines.
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Karsha – Karsha is essentially a human settlement with all kind of basic facilities. Visit the Gelugpa monastery, providing an insight to the importance of the religion in lives of the people of Zanskar. The impressive mural art displayed at Labrang is worth seeing.
Panikhar – Panikhar is another place of tourist interest in Zanskar. It is the border of Suru and offers breath-taking views of verdant locales. Feast your eyes at bewitching natural splendor of Panikhar. Catch a glimpse of the Panikhar Fort built by Zorawar Singh.
Adventure Activities in Zanskar:
Zanskar is truly a thrilling adventure destination in Ladakh. The undulating hilly ranges offers ample of opportunities for the adventure enthusiasts.
Mountaineering: Scale the great height of majestic mountains and experience its rugged surfaces by taking part in mountaineering expeditions.
Trekking: Explore the fascinating trek routes and enjoy nature’s beauty at its best. During winter, trekking over the frozen Zanskar River is a major tourists’ attraction. This trek is known as the Chadar Trek.
White water rafting: Bring out the adventurous side in you by indulging in white water rafting to challenge the wild and soft waves of Zanskar river.
Camping: If you are bit more adventurous than carry your personal tents and enjoy an exclusive experience of camping. Dinning under star-studded sky amidst the high hilly ranges in an open, is truly a wonderful experience.
Best time to visit
July to October is the best time to visit Zanskar
How to get here?
Zanskar can be reached by air, road or rail.
Air – Leh domestic airport is the nearest airport from Zanskar.
Rail – Jammu is the nearest railhead from Zanskar.
Road – The drive to Leh through Srinagar route and from there one easily reach Zanskar. Several buses are available from Kargil connecting Zanskar.
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