There’s a lot to experience in Zanskar Valley.
From the epic views to stunning landscapes and even adventure sports like
rafting, there’s a whole lot to do in Zanskar. The valley is best visited with
its sister valley, the Suru Valley. It’s the most isolated of all Himalayan
valleys and has an area of 5,000 sq.km. The valley is situated at an altitude
of 13,154 feet above sea level.
For the better half of the year, Zanskar Valley
is cut off from the rest of the world because of excessive snowfall. The adventure
aspect of Zanskar is the most popular amongst tourists. The clear Zanskar
waters offer rafting and other activities.
to Visit Zanskar Valley
Days are pretty pleasant during summertime
whereas the nights turn out to be pretty chilly. Many prefer the months from
April to August to visit Zanskar but during the earlier months, the weather
seems to get unpredictable. So it is recommended that you visit from the months
of July to August. Winters are extremely cold and not recommended for a visit
Campsites, bungalows and a few guest houses are
available for stay during your Zanskar visit. One being The Jammu and Kashmir
Bungalow. The nearest village to Zanskar is Zongla where you may find rooms for
rent in monasteries and even village houses. Fancy hotels may be found 14 km
away in the nearest town of Padum.
Around Zanskar Valley
While on your visit to Zanskar Valley, you can
also make a trip to Zongkhul. Here is where you can visit the cave monasteries
go further up to Stongdey and admire a few more. You can visit both places by
trekking to them. Suru Valley is another hugely popular spot.
at Zanskar Valley
One tourist favourite activity at Zanskar is
rafting. Other than rafting, you can also go for the many trekking trails.
You can find basic local food options at Zanskar
Valley. Your options may include thukpa, momos, skyu and ladakhi chai and also
don’t forget the delicious bowl of maggi in the valley. The hotel menus may
extend to European and Indian cuisines.
Near Zanskar Valley
Your food options are limited to the restaurants
at the hotels and guest houses. You will find basic food preparations here.
Itinerary for Zanskar Valley
Include your trips to Zanskar and Suru to your
trip to Ladakh. On reaching Zanskar Valley, you should go to the Zanskar river
for a rafting experience. Other than this, you can also go for the trekking
trail. You can go further upwards to Zongkhul to experience the cave
monasteries and Stongdey to see the second largest monastery in Zanskar. Your
trip to Suru can be pushed to the afternoon or even the next day.
Reach Zanskar Valley
Air: The nearest airport to Zanskar is at Leh.
For a charge of Rs. 1000 you can get cabs that will take you to Zanskar from
the airport. Another way to Zanskar is from Srinagar. Shared cabs and buses are
available for you to take from the airport to Zanskar.
Rail: Jammu is the nearest railway station to
Zanskar. From Jammu, you can take the shared buses to Zanskar.
Road: The State Road Transportation of Jammu
and Kashmir offers regular bus services to Zanskar. The bus routes starts from
Leh and Kargil and go all the way to Padum with stops at Zanskar and Suru.
Motorbikes and taxis are also favourable options to Zanskar and Suru Valleys.