Zangla was being
ruled by a titular king till his death a few years back.
The old castle now in ruins except from a small chappel, occupies a hill,
overlooking the desertic valley below. Nearby is the old Nunnery worth a
visit for the austere life style of the small monastic community of nuns. An
old monastery situated in the nearby village of Tsa-zar has exquisite
frescos that should be missed. The village lies mid-way between Stongdey and
Zangla. Zangla is the nodal point on the popular
Padum-Strongdey-Zangla-Karsha-Padum round trip, which covers most of the
cultural sites of Zanskar. The old rope suspension bridge spanning the
tumultuous Zanskar near Zangla- a rare feat of folk engineering - is no more
in use, but still visible. The river is now crossed by a temporary
footbridge for approaching the left bank along which the trail to Karsha
follows. Zangla is also the take-off point for the Padum-Markha valley
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. However groups can
charter A-Class or even Super-Deluxe buses to visit Zanskar, including the
interior places of interest like Strongdey, Zangla and Karsha. 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.
Places of Interest (Visit
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 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,
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.
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
the Nubra valley - nubra means green used to be on the trading route
connection Tibet with Turkistan, Also Now as the Valley of Flowers
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
The Shyok River receives the waters of the Nubra and Changchenmo rivers. It rises from the Khumdang glacier, which can be approached from
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 or "Mountain Lake" is Famous for the large herds of
king, or wild ass, which graze on its shores, the lake of Tso Moriri.