Tourist Attractions in & around Zanskar
While booking your Zanskar trip, checkout what are the destinations you must visit.
It is the most impressive cave monastery in Zanskar and is around 300 years old. You can reach here by undertaking a trekking on the Padum-Kishtwar trekking route. The wall paintings and frescoes of this ancient monastery represent the rich cultural heritage of Tibetan Buddhism.
Stagrimo Monastery is located on a red ridge above the old town with having 30 resident lamas. The best way to reach up to the monastery is by walking an hour uphill from Padum town.
This monastery is one of the most attractive features of tourist attractions in Zanskar. It is said to be the 2nd largest monastic establishment of the region. It closely associated with the Tibetan Yogi, 'Marpa'. This monastery is home to around 60 Gulukpa monks and houses various imposing shrines.
This pass divides Zanskar with the scenic Suru Valley. The gripping natural beauty of the pass makes it a favorite haunt for the tourists. Moreover, from here tourists can find breathtaking views of neighboring countryside valleys and mountain ranges.
This monastery is located in south-eastern Zanskar. It was founded by Gangsem Sherap Sampo in the early 12th century, the monastery is a unique construction built into the cliffside like a honeycomb. It houses 70 monks and has prayer rooms and library.
Other Activities to Enjoy at Zanskar:
You can enjoy river rafting in Zanskar on Zanskar River (Padum to Nemu and Phey to Nemu). Travel agents and tour operators offer alluring rafting packages on both of the stretches of the river. The ideal time for rafting expedition is in the months of July to September, when the Zanskar River is full of water. Kayaking in Zanskar River, Jeep Safari, Camping, trekking to Chadar trek in winter season.
Best Time to Visit Zanskar
Due to its high altitude of the Zanskar valley, it is only accessible during the summer months. However, it is the time when you can enjoy all kinds of adventure activities and sightseeing of the age-old monasteries. On the other hand, winter months are too harsh for travel in this place. It should also be noted that during the winter months, water of the River Zanskar freezes and acts as the Chador road. Therefore, plan your Zanskar vacation accordingly.
Must Buy Things from Zanskar
You won't find many shopping options in Zanskar. But, the authentic Pashmina and Kashmiri shawls are the most popular tourist buys here. You can buy them for your loved ones. Besides, traditional handicrafts and silk carpets of Zanskar are extremely famous to buy as souvenirs and home decoration items.
How to Reach Zanskar
Zanskar travel is a wonderful natural destination. Before booking Zanskar holiday packages, you must find out the best options to reach here:
The nearest International Airport from Zanskar is Leh Airport that is well-connected to major cities like Srinagar, Jammu and Delhi with major airlines. From here, you can hire private taxis to reach Zanskar.
The closest rail head to Zanskar is Jammu railway station. After getting off at the railway station, you can take a shared bus to Zanskar Valley (via Kargil).
Jammu & Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation operates regular bus service from Leh and Kargil for Padum with stops at several points in Suru and Zanskar Valley. Another option is to hire a taxi or a motorcycle from Leh or Kargil to reach Zanskar Valley by road. You can also reach Zanskar from Srinagar. The distance between the two places is about 192 KM and it will take you around 5- 6 hours to drive down from Srinagar to Zanskar. Various bus services and car rental agencies make it easier for you to commute. So, use any of the transportation modes to enjoy easy Zanskar travel.