How to Reach Zanskar Jammu and Kashmir

How to reach Zanskar


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

In Detail

By Air

The nearest airport Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport is at Leh, 236 km from Zanskar. It is well
connected to Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar, Chandigarh and several other cities in India. From the Leh airport,
you can hire a cab to visit your places of interest.

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 Train

The nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi, 700 km away which is well connected with Delhi, Kolkata and

Mumbai. You can hire a cab or board a JKSRTC bus to reach Leh and a cab to reach Zanskar. Buses do ply

but their timings are not fixed. Also the journey is not comfortable.

By Road

Zanskar is located 477 km from Srinagar and 546 km from Manali. You can hire a cab or a jeep or board a

JKSRTC bus to reach Leh. Alternatively, you can embark on a bike trip to Leh from Srinagar, Manali or

Chandigarh depending upon the time you have. The highways are shut due to heavy snowfalls during

the winter months. So, you can only travel to Ladakh by road between May to September. The only road

to Zanskar is via Kargil over Pensela, which remains closed for more than 5 months.

Tourists can directly reach Leh all year round, albeit with just more difficulties.

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