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Padum  is 240 km to the south of Kargil comes as a bit of an anticlimax. Instead of the picturesque Zanskari village you might expect, the region's administrative headquarters and principal road head turns out to be a desultory collection of crumbling mud and concrete cubes, oily truck  park and in roofed government buildings.

Padum presides over a flat patchwark of farm land enclosed on three enclosed on three sides by colossal walls of screen and snow capped mountains.


 Straddling a nexus of several long-distance trails, Padum is an important trekking hub and the only place in Zanskar where tourism has thus far made much of an impression. During the short summer season, you'll see almost as many weather-beaten Westerners wandering around its sandy lanes as local - a mixture of indigenous Buddhist and Sunni Muslims. Even so, facilities remain very basic, limited to a small tourist office and a handful of temporary tea-shops and guesthouse, as well as the inevitable rash of Kashmiri handicraft stalls. Nor is there much to see while you are waiting for your blisters to heal. The only noteworthy sight within easy walking distance is a small Tagrimo Gompa fifteen minutes' walk to the west.


Around Padum

Public transport around the Zanskar Valley is erratic, although one public bus travels from Padum to Zangla on Wednesday and Friday, leaving in the morning and returning the same afternoon. Otherwise you will have to shell out for the vastly inflated fares demanded by Padum's taxi union. Determined trekkers can alternatively set out on foot; the hike across the fields to KARSHA gompa,


Zanskar's largest Gelug-pa monastery, is the most rewarding objective. This cluster of whitewashed mud cubes clinging to the rocky lower slopes of the mountain north of Padum dates from the tenth to the fourteenth century. Of the prayer halls, the recently renovated Du-khang and Gon-khang at the top of the complex are the most impressive, while the small Chukshok-jal, set apart from the gompa below a ruined fort on the far side of a gully, contains Karsha's oldest wall paintings, contemporary with those at Alchi.           


How to Reach ?

The 240 km long Kargil-Padun road, of which the first 90 km stretch is paved, remains opened from around mid July to early November.  Jeeps and Gypsy taxis can also be hired at Kargil. During June and early July, prior to opening of the road, it is recommended to walk into Zanskar from panikhar or Parkachik onwards. In June, the summer is at its height in the region and the climate is ideal for trekking along the route free from vehicular traffic of any kind and when the countryside is freshly rejuvenated into life after months of frigid dormancy.
















Ladakh Places of Interest (Visit Ladakh)

Leh is nested in a side valley just to the north of the Indus Valley.  Until 1947 it had close trading relations with Central Asia yak trains would set off from the Leh Bazaar to complete the stages over the Kaakoam Pass to Yarkand and Kashgar.


Administering the  Valleys of Suru , Drass, Wakha and Bodkarbu, Kargil lies midway between the alpine valleys of Kashmir and the fertile reaches of the Indus Valley and ladakh

Thak Thok
Thak Thok gompa shelters a cave in which the apostle Padmasambhava is said to have meditated during his epic eight-century journey to Tibet.

Dhahanu is situated to the south west of Leh, around 163 Kms. passing through the beautiful villages of Kaltsey, Domkhar, Skurbuchan 

Padum is 240 km to the south of Kargil, comes as a bit of an anticlimax

Rangdum is an elliptical expanded plateau surrounded by colourful hills on the one side and glacier encrusted rocky mountains on the other. 

Walled in by the Great Himalayan Divide, Zanskar, literally " Land of White Copper" has for decades exrted the allure of Shangri La on visitours to Ladakh.

Zangla is the nodal point on the popular Padum Strongdey Zangla Karsha Padum round trip, which covers most of the cultural sites of Zanskar.

Valley of Ladakh

The Suru Valley
Diving two of the world's most formidable mountain ranges, the Suru Valley winds south from Kargil to the desolate Pensi La the main entry point for Zanskar. 

Nubra Valley
the Nubra valley  - nubra means green used to be on the trading route  connection Tibet with Turkistan, Also Now  as the Valley of Flowers more ...

Drass Valley
Drass (3230 m), 60 km west of Kargil on the road to Srinagar, is a small township lying in the centre of the valley of the same name . 

Shyok Valley
The Shyok River receives the waters of the Nubra and Changchenmo rivers. It rises from the Khumdang glacier, which can be approached from Shyok. 

Pangong Tso
Pangong Tso, 15km to the southeast of Leh, is one of the largest saltwater lakes in Asia, a long narrow strip of water stretching from Ladakh east into Tibet.

Tso Moriri
Tso Moriri or "Mountain Lake" is Famous for the large herds of king, or wild ass, which graze on its shores, the lake of Tso Moriri.


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