Zanskar Travel Guide
Located in the Ladakh region in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir, Zanskar range is a mountain range and a part of Tethys Himalaya. It is one of the most isolated regions in Ladakh and can only be reached either through a strenuous week long trek and a 14 hour drive alongside an uneven route along the Suru River.
Home to a large number of Tibetan Buddhists, Zanskar is filled with monasteries, the most famous among them being the Stongdey monastery. Due to its location and extreme weather conditions, Zanskar remains accessible only between April and August. Zanskar can be reached from Leh, which is 105 km away. There are regular buses and cabs that go from Leh to Zanskar. The nearest international airport is in Delhi.
How to Reach Zanskar Valley
- Air: Leh domestic airport is the nearest airport from Zanskar. From the airport, taxis are available ,that charge Rs 1000 to commute to Zanskar Valley. One can also get to Zanskar from Srinagar. From the airport one can go for shared taxis or buses to get to Zanskar Valley.
- Train: The nearest railway station from Zanskar is Jammu. One can travel to the valley via shared buses from Jammu.
- Road: There is a regular bus service from Jammu & Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation from Leh and Kargil for Padum with stops at various points in Suru and Zanskar Valley. The other option is by hiring a taxi or a motorcycle from Leh or Kargil for Zanskar Valley.
Best Places TO Stay In Zanskar
Zanskar has no accommodation options and tourists set up their own tents when they visit Zanskar. Some also prefer to stay in nearby areas like Padum and Leh where there are tourist complexes and several other accommodation options like hotels, resorts and guest-houses catering to budget, mid-range and luxury.
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Best Places TO Eat In Zanskar
While local shops offering breakfast and snacks are scattered all around the hamlet, there are a lot of hotels serving Chinese and Tibetan cuisine and though these restaurants serve only limited options in terms of variety, the food is extremely delicious. Hotels and lodges have their own in-house restaurants that serve Indian, Chinese, Tibetan and Continental cuisine.
Best Time To Visit Zanskar
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Zanskar is as given below. The best time to visit Zanskar is also specified.
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Tourist Attractions of Zanskar
Like most of Ladakh, attractions in Zanskar are natural. Semi-arid landscape, monasteries and chortens are attractions while trekking is one of the most popular activities in Zanskar. Nowadays, bike riders also throng this magnificent and isolate paradise in quest for adventure and thrill.
Zanskar Travel Guide of Location
Located in the beautiful state of Jammu and Kashmir, Zanskar is known for its beauty and adventure activities. It is accessible from Leh and other major cities by road. You can check out the Rumtse village or the Phuktal or Stongdey monastery while here. Nearby destinations like Padum and Karsha monastery are also great places to visit. This Zanskar map will point out and give you the route to all major places to visit in and around Zanskar.
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