The Zanskar Valley | Leh Ladakh | India’s Remote valley | Himalayan Mountains

India’s Most Remote valley : Zanskar Valley

How exactly isolated is the Zanskar valley?
These are some quick facts about the location of Zanskar valley. Zanskar is part of the Kargil district in India’s northernmost state Jammu and Kashmir. Kargil is inaccessible by road through winter because of heavy snowing on the treacherous mountain passes that connect Kargil to the rest of India. Padum, the headquarters of Zanskar valley is further 250 km away from Kargil.

The journey to Zanskar valley was a humbling experience. We sensed the power of raw untouched beauty of nature. It left us overwhelmed. We knew it was a special privilege to be where we were!

Tips for traveling to Zanskar valley:
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. A weekly bus service runs from Leh in Ladakh to Padum in Zanskar. It halts for the night at Kargil. If seats are available (this is an uncertainty), one can travel to Zanskar valley in this bus.
In the morning, buses leave from Kargil for Sankoo and Panikhar, villages in the Suru valley. Once a day, a bus leaves for Parkachik. These buses is what we used. This way we could also visit the villages in Suru valley.
There are a couple of Sumos in Parkachik, which can be hired to get to Zanskar valley. If not, be prepared to hitchhike.
It is also possible to halt at Rangdum. Stay facilities are extremely basic; homestays are the only option (dry compost toilets are used from here onwards further into Zanskar valley).
Padum, the headquarters of Zanskar valley is equipped with tourist facilities like hotels, guesthouses and restaurants.

Gaurav Thakur

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