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''Located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Zanskar is one of the most frequented hill stations in India. It is located in the Kargil district and has Padum as the administrative centre. It is because of the breathtaking natural beauty and the serenity that this hill station is grown as a major tourist destination. If you want to spend some time with yourself and your loved ones, make sure to visit.
Zanskar in Jammu and Kashmir is located in a high altitude and experiences a cold semi desert type of climate. Zanskar is located on the Northern part of the Great Himalayan Range. ''

About 20 kms south-east of Rangdum stands the Panzila axis, across which lies Zanskar, the most isolated of all the trans-Himalayan valleys. The Penzila pass (4,401m) is a picturesque tableland surrounded by snow-covered peaks.

As the Zanskar road winds down the steep slopes of the watershed to the head of the Stod Valley, one of Zanskar's main tributary valleys, the majestic "Drang-Drung" glacier looms into full view. A long and winding river of ice and snow, the Drang-Drung" is perhaps the largest glacier in Ladakh, outside the Siachen formation.


April to October


Ladakh - Ladakh is a land like no other. Bounded by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalayas and the Karakoram, it lies athwart two other, the Ladakh range and the Zanskar range.

Hemis - Thanks to the Hemis Setchu festival - one of the few held in summer, when the passes are open - Hemis, 45-km southeast of Leh, is the most famous Gompa in Ladakh.

Sankar Gompa - Sankar Gompa, 3-km north of the town centre, is among the most accessible monasteries in central Ladakh - hence its restricted visiting hours for tourists.

Padum - once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Zanskar, Padum (3505 m) is the present-day administrative centre of Zanskar Sub-Division of Kargil district.

Sani - This picturesque village is 6 kms west of Padum, on the road to Kargil. The main attraction here is the castle-like monastery, which unlike other monasteries of Ladakh, is built on level ground.

Karsha - The largest monastery of Zanskar, Karsha Gompa is an imposing complex of neatly white washed building blocks comprising several chapels, besides residential cells for its nearly 150 lamas, who belong to the Geluks-pa sect.

Zangla - Situated 35 kms further ahead of Padum in the northern branch valley of Zanskar, Zangla was ruled by a titular king till his death about two decades back.


In the summer months, early June to end of August, temperatures fluctuate between 5°C and 25°C. A warm day can suddenly get cold thus requiring immediate change of clothing.


Air: Nearest airport to Zanskar is the Leh that is well connected to all major cities of the country.

Rail: Jammu Tawi at the distance of 734 is the nearest railway station to reach to Zanskar.

Road: There are regular buses from Srinagar to Zanskar. Apart from this, Leh is also the nearest place to get a taxi or bus to Zanskar.

Fast Facts about Zanskar

State:  J&K

District: Ladakh

Main Attraction:  Panikhar, Panzela Pass, Karsha & Trekking

Languages: Zanskar Skad,,Kashmiri, Urdu,Hindi,English

Season: June to September

Winters: Heavy woollens

Altitude:  7,756 m

Pincode: 194302

STD code: 01958

Distance Charts to Zanskar


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