Zangla - Situated 35 kms further ahead of Padum in the northern branch valley of Zanskar, Zangla was ruled by a titular king till his death about two decades back.
View of Chaddar Trek
The old castle, now in ruins except for a small chapel, occupies a hill overlooking the desertic valley below. Nearby is an old Buddhist nunnery worth a visit to observe the austere lifestyle of the small community of nuns. An old monastery situated in the nearby village of Tsa-zar, midway between Stangdey and Zangla, has exquisite frescoes that should not be missed.
Zangla is the take-off point for the Padum-Lamayuru and the Padum-Markha treks, as well as for the 'Chaddar' trek over the frozen Zanskar river to Nimu, which becomes feasible only during the middle of the winter.
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