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#4 of 4 Places To Visit in Zanskar
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Around 2 to 3 hours

how to reach padum valley

To reach Padum, one can fly to Srinagar which is 431 km away or Leh which is 487 km away. A weekly bus service runs from Leh in Ladakh to Padum in Zanskar. It halts for the night at Kargil. Hiring a cab (sumo or a SUV) from Kargil is the fastest and also the most expensive way to travel to Zanskar valley. Public transport to Zanskar valley is sparse.

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Padum itself is no more than a scattering of small, whitewashed buildings in a vast plain with a tiny population of about 1,500. It has gained in reputation as a hub for fascinating treks and rafting expeditions in the region. Check out the ancient 8th-century rock carvings on a boulder near the river. Hire a jeep and visit the Tongde (20 km), Zangla (35 km), Karsha (17 km) and Bardan (12 km) monasteries. Of these, Karsha is the largest and wealthiest, with 500-year-old frescoes.

Some of the popular treks from Padum are: south-west into Kishtwar via the Omasi La; north into Lamayuru or Hemis over the Zanskar Range; and south-east into Lahaul in Himachal Pradesh. These expeditions may also be combined with visits to the many ancient Buddhist monasteries that dot the landscape. In winters, some tour operators organise a trek on the frozen Zanskar River, known as the Chadar Walk. A short Zanskar-walk can also be had from the other end, near Nimu (35 km from Leh). In summer, a few rafting outfits organise rafting on the Zanskar River which includes Grade II-IV rapids.

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