Zanskar is a sub-district of the Kargil District in Jammu & Kashmir and it is known for its raw landscapes. Located in the southern part of the Kargil District, Zanskar is a collection of the stunning valleys, isolated cave monasteries, and the zest of two contrasting treks. Tourism in Zanskar is a recent introduction that has been funding major infrastructure developments like the schools, monasteries and roads.
With adventure at its core, Zanskar is isolated from the daily hustle and bustle of the big cities. Replete with amazing views of untouched serene nature in everywhere you look, Zanskar is a bucket list worthy place for travellers. The adventurous treks and river rafting in Zanskar include the Darcha trek and the Chadar trek of the Frozen Zanskar. They are some of the most famous activities that attract the adrenaline junkies. A visit to Zanskar valley will also always include the spectacular Suru Valley in the plans.
The name Zanskar has multiple unconfirmed sources from the Tibetian dialect which translate to Copper White, Copper Palace or Copper Star which may be due to the natural occurrence of copper in the region and another evident translation is known to be ‘Good White’. Zanskar’s history dates back earlier than 200 BC and the Petroglyphs give an idea that the earliest settlers in the land would be hunters. The most recent history gives a clear picture of the Tibetian powers followed by the establishment of Karsh and Phugtal monasteries in Zanskar by the 11th century.
Shopping in Zanskar revolves around Pashmina and Cashmere shawls, Handicrafts and Jewellery. There are quite a few shops that sell the authentic Pashmina in Zanskar and Padum Market is a great place for shopping here. Food of local cuisines like Thukpa, Momos, Skyu and Ladakhi Chai should be available in Zanskar as well as a popular bowl of steaming hot Maggi. Hotels and guesthouses provide popular items of Indian, Continental and European cuisine. Getting around in Zanskar is the most difficult part of the whole trip as it is not so cheap when it comes to taxis. There are private taxis which will seem pretty expensive but the cheapest way to shuttle to Zanskar would be by bus. In spite of all of these facilities, having your own vehicle is the best way to travel to Zanskar.
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