|About Zanskar Valley||Zanskar Valley dominated by exquisite monasteries is a hot spot for trekking, paragliding and river rafting. The splendor of this region is yet untouched and unexplored. A favorite among st trekkers is the Chadar Trek which will leave you with lifetime experience of being with nature. Visit this wonderland of Ladakh for an unforgettable adventurous traverse.|
|Places to visit in Zanskar Valley||
1. Bardan Monastery – An impressive monastery clinging to a huge rock that overlooks the Lingti river – that’s Bardan Monastery. The monastery consists of a large Dukhang or assembly hall which has some grand statues of Buddhist figures and several small stupas in clay, bronze, wood and copper.
2. Baralacha La Pass – This pass connects Lahaul in Himachal Pradesh to Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir. A summit with crossroads is called Baralacha La. This pass is named so because it has crossroad from Spiti, Ladakh, Zanskar and Lahaul. The flow of rivers Bhaga and Chandra and their merger to form river Chandrabhaga is linked to story of eternal love and unison of Bhaga (son of Sun) and Chandra (Moon’s daughter) at Baralacha La which is quite interesting. Below the Baralacha La Pass is the striking Suraj Tal (Lake). The pass is also the starting point for various treks.
3. Karsha Monastery – It is the largest monastery of this region. The monastery is over 300 years old. It houses a huge collection of Thangkas. But it is the wall paintings by Lama Dzadpa Dorie that attracts tourists to Karsha Monastery.
4. Padum – Padum is the administrative headquarters of Zanskar Valley. With a population of only 1500 it is the most populous town of Zanskar Valley. It is well-known for various trekking expeditions which takes you to the amazing locations of the area along with various monasteries.
5. Phugtal Monastery – Set on a mountain amidst dramatic setting, this monastery is the only Buddhist Monastery of Ladakh that can be reached only by foot. Constructed on the opening of a natural cave, this monastery looks like a honey bee comb from faraway.
6. Chadar Trek – A blanket is called a Chadar in hindi. During the winter season the Zanskar River freezes and transforms itself into a blanket of ice. So the trek on this river is called the Chadar Trek. A trekking expedition on the Chadar trek is the most ultimate, adventurous and stupefying experience to have. What a journey it would be when you are surrounded by snow laden mountains and the land you are walking on is also made up of ice! Here you will also come across with a very unique and stunning view of a frozen waterfall. No doubt the trek is risky but panorama is worth it.
7. Other places of interest – Wakha (Rigyal), Zangla and Dzongkul Gompa of Kargil District are other places o tourist interest near Zanskar Valley.
|Best season to visit||May to October. During winters this region experiences heavy snowfall resulting into chilly weather and blocked roads. So winters from November to April should be avoided. However certain treks like the Chadar Trek can be best enjoyed during winters.|
|Shopping||1. Kashmiri Pashmina Shawls
2. Apricots and items made from Apricot like jam, etc.
3. Semi Precious Stones
6. Brass vessels and Hookah.
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|Connectivity||Airport: Leh, Srinagar
Railway Station: Jammu
Road: Zanskar Valley is accessible by road. You may drive your own vehicle or enjoy the services of bus operators.
|Tour Planner / Guide||World Vision Tours and Travels (Tundup Gyatso)Contact No. – +91 9469177473|