Travelling to Zanskar is certainly not for the frail heart. Zansakar is located in the interior of Leh Ladakh region and is considered best destination for rafting, trekking and mountaineering. The snow-capped peaks are other attractions in Zanskar. Leh is the entry point to Zanskar and the most economical and convenient way to reach Leh is to take a flight to Leh. The Zanskar is the river that flows through the Zanskar valley. The river offers a wonderful opportunity for rafting.
Tourist places in and around Zanskar
After reaching Leh, acclimatize yourself to high altitude. Once your body and mind adapts to the high altitude, Leh is the first place to explore. Leh has a number of tourist attractions that one can visit. Some of the most popular tourist attractions are Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace and Namgyal Tsemo Gompa.
On your way to Zanskar from Leh, Mulbek is an exciting destination. Mulbek is ancient settlement that has a huge sculpture of the Buddha on a rock. One also passes through Kargil on your way to Ringdum from Mulbek. The area offers stunning views of snow-clad mountains. One can also see the two highest peaks of Nun and Kun.
Remala is another beautiful village that you come across on your way to Zanskar.
Things to do
Zanskar is an ideal destination for adventure travelers. Rafting, mountaineering and trekking are some of the adventure sports that you can enjoy on your tour to Zanskar. Remala and Karsha Gompa near Padum offer excellent opportunity for river rafting on Zanskar River. You can also take various trekking trails in Zankar.
Getting there and accommodation
You can reach Leh by air from Delhi and it takes about an hour to reach Leh from Delhi if you are taking a flight. If you want to travel by rail, Jammu is the nearest railhead. You can then take the Srinagar route to Leh. You can also head to Shimla and take the Manali route.
Leh has a number of hotels and guesthouses that offers all basic facilities. You can stay at the old town, Fort Road or Changspa area of the Leh.
Things to keep in mind
Woolen cloths are a must on your tour to Zanskar. Carry jackets and sweaters, as it gets really cold in the morning and evening. The other items you should carry include windcheater, gloves and muffler. It is essential to fully acclimatize yourself before venturing out on sightseeing or adventure tours.
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