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About Zanskar

Spread over an area of 7,000 sq. km. at an altitude varying from 11,500-23,000 feet, Zanskar, also known as Zangskar, is a semi-desert lying on the northern wing of Himalayan Range. It is famous for its snow-coveres mountain peaks, Tibetan-style Buddisht Monasteries, and spree of adventurous activities. The history of Zanskar dates back Bronze Age according to the local legendary sagas; however, the oldest monuments in this place can be dated back to Kushan Period. It was during 8th century, that Buddhist retrieved their influence over this place. For a very long period of time, Zanskar remained a restricted area due to border conflicts with Pakistan and China. In 1974, it was opened for refuges and later after few years for visitors. Today, Zanskar is one of the most popular tourist attractions because of its enchanting beauty and the adventurous activities one can do there. Zanskar remains shut from the month of November to May due to heavy snowfall.


How to Reach


By Air
Tourists can directly reach Leh all year round, albeit with just more difficulties. Indian Army controls the airport and stringent checks may take you back at times. From the airport taxis are available throughout day and night! Note: Carry a printout of your e-ticket before entering, else you may be denied entry.
By Rail
Pathankot and Chandigarh are the closest railway stations to Leh, still a three-day bus ride away. This is one route that most travellers to Leh avoid.
By Road
The only road to Zanskar is via Kargil over Pensela, which remains closed for more than 5 months

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Zanskar by road is between May to September. Even though the Srinagar – Leh highway opens by the middle of May, the Manali – Leh highway opens in June only.

It is not recommended to rush through as the snow just begins to melt. Later periods experience Monsoons and travelling becomes too much risky. So choose your time period wisely.

For daredevils, once the roads open up, any time is tourist time.

Zanskar is the remotest and least visited locations. It literally is “A land far far away” or “in the middle of nowhere”. Roads mostly are non-existent, cell phone will be nothing but dead paperweight, and chances of getting stranded will be high.

January & February

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Padum
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Padum was the capital of the ancient Zanskar and is one of the major trekking bases in India. Located at an elevation of 3,505 meters above sea level, Padum Val

Zanskar River
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Popularly known as Tsarap Chu among the natives of Himalayas, Zanskar River is one of the largest tributaries of Indus River. Originating from the north of Hima

Karsha
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Karsha is a small village located near Zanskar and is famous for the Karsha Monastery, one of the largest monasteries of the region. Karsha Monastery was founde



EVENTS/FESTIVALS

Gustor Festival
Celebrated during the sixth month of Tibetan Calendar (July-August) for two days, Gustor Festival is celebrated by performing sacred dances. It is celebrated at the Karsha Monastery.

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Camping is a recreational activity popular since 20th century where people set up a small portable tents, caravans, motor homes, etc to stay. Primitively campin

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Mountaineering is an adventurous and thrilling sport but it also tests your endurance and mental toughness. Despite all the precautions, some mishaps can always

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