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Home>>North India>>Jammu-Kashmir>>More Attractions>>Zangla

Zangla

Zangla

Zangla, Travel to Zangla, Tourist attractions of Jammu Kashmir, Hills Tours HolidaysLocation : 35-km from Padum, In Zanskar Region Of Ladakh, J&K
Altitude : 3,370m
Best Time To Visit : June To Early November

Zangla Lying deep in the northern arm of Zanskar at the end of the 35 km. Long rough road from Padum, 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 treks.

Although for a century the king had held only a nominal title, his lineage can be traced back to when the royal lineage in Zanskar was split. One side of the family ruled from Padum, and the other from Zangla was able to reach an accord which allowed him to retain a nominal rule over the nearby villages of Honia and Chazar, and the villages of Hanumil, Pidmu and Pishu on the far side of the valley. The head monk at Spitok is related to this family, and also administrators the Zangla monastery, which is on the cliff just beyond the village.

PRIME ATTRACTIONS
Zangla, Travel to Zangla, Tourist attractions of Jammu Kashmir, Hills Tours HolidaysSituated near to the ruined castle 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 shouldn't be missed. The village lies mid-way between Stongdey and Zangla.

The Padum_Markha Valley Treks
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 treks.

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. 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.

Where to Stay
Tour My India Provides Tented Accommodation to its Clients while doing trekking tours for their esteemed guest.

NEARBY CITIES
Padum: 35-km ,  Stongdey: 16-km , Karsha: 25-km

 

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