Majestically rough, the greatest magnetism of this mountain-hemmed “Ladakhi Buddhist valley” is easily getting there, preferably on a trek. As in Ladakh, the most important sights are eternal monasteries, Stongdey, notably at Karsha, Phuktal and Sani, the latter only easy to get to on foot. The area’s tiny Padum, capital, is not much more than a rural community with a few shops. It is not a main attraction in itself but is a key transit point if you want to drive in or out on what leftovers, for now, the only access route (via Kargil).
Best Places to visit in Zanskar Valley
- Zanskar Valley
- Pensi La Pass
- Zanskar River
Zanskar Valley is popular for its sceneries and wide views, cave monasteries and mostly travelled to for its river rafting experiences, trek trails and the Suru Valley, the two valleys approximately always visit together. Nestle between two tiny alpine lakes, most lonely of all Himalayan valleys, the valley has an area of approximately 5,000 Kms, is located at an height of 13,154 above sea level. River rafting and other sports are very popular here and Zanskar is famous for it clear waters.
Pensi La Pass
Penis-lais a mountain pass in the Ladakh district of Jammu and Kashmir which is known as the Gateway to Zanskar. Pensi La is 14,436 ft above sea level, connect the Suru Valley area to the Zanskar Valley region. The pass is approximately 25 km from Rangdum Monastery. The summit at this end of the Suru Valley is the prak which 7,012 m (23,005 ft) high, even as the mountain to the north is 6,873 m (22,549 ft).
Padum approximately 3505 m above the sea-level, today is the managerial center of Zanskar Sub-division of the Kargil region. This town is the most occupied town of Zanskar that is settled by approximately 2000 people. From the past only some years, Padum is becoming a famous trek base, is being visit by a large numeral of tourists. There are many places which are attraction for tourists.
The Zanskar River is a north flowing branch of the Indus. In its senior reaches, the Zanskar has two major branches. First of these, the Doda, has its basis close to the Pensi-la 4,400 m (14,400 ft) mountain-pass, flows south-eastwards along the major Zanskar valley most important towards Padum, the capital of Zanskar. The 2nd branch is shaped by two main tributary known as Kargyag river, with its source near the Shingo La 5,091 m and Tsarap river, with its source near the Baralacha-La. These two rivers join under the village of Purne to form the Lungnak river.
Best time to visit Zanskar
There are only two seasons in Zanskar is “October to May”-Winter and Summers “June to September”. To plan a holiday in Zanskar for tourism, July to September will be the most excellent time. And for trekkers, winter will be also a excellent time as this is when one get to enjoy the popular Chadar trek and Padum Trek. During the winters the temperature may get as low as (-15°C) but the views like frozen waterfall and river that one get to see are just soo beautiful.
How to reach Zanskar Valley
By Air : Leh is the closest airport at a space of 105 km. Flights from Delhi, Jammu and Srinagar link Leh by air. Taxis are easily obtainable from Leh to arrive at Zanskar. Delhi is the closest international airport at a distance of 1250 km. Delhi is well linked to most important domestic and international cities by air.
By Train : Jammu Tawi is the closest railway station at a distance of 730 km. Most of the important cities in the country like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, Ahmedabad, Indore, Jabalpur and Rishikesh are well linked to Jammu by rail. Extra trains operate on this route during the festival season. Taxis and buses are also available to reach Zanskar from Jammu.