Travel in Ladakh
Tourist Places Ladakh
Drass (3230 m), 60 km west of Kargil on
the road to Srinagar, is a small township lying in the centre of the valley of
the same name. In winter it is covered with
a thick blanket of snow. Drass experiences the lowest temperatures in the Ladakh
valley and is said to be the second coldest inhabited place in Asia.
The second largest town in Ladakh marks the mid
point of the journey from Srinagar to Leh. Kargil is also the take off point for
excursions into the Suru valley and the remote Zanskar Valley with their
exciting opportunities for mountaineering, camping, river rafting and trekking
trails into Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and the Indus valley.
Suru Valley Ladakh -
One of the most beautiful regions of Ladakh, the
Suru Valley is the heartland of Kargil district. Nestling along the northern
foothills of the Great Himalayan Wall, it extends from Kargil town, first
southward for a length of about 75 kms up to the expanse around Panikhar. The
valleys are especially picturesque in spring when they are the Sankoo-Panikhar
tract is magnificent.
Sankoo is an upcoming township
with a small bazaar (42 kms south of Kargil) and numerous villages around. Dense
plantations of poplars, willows, myricarea and wild roses fill the bowl shaped
valley, giving it the ambience of a man-made forest tucked within the mountain
Rangdum is an elliptical expanded
plateau surrounded by colourful hills on the one side and glacier encrusted
rocky mountains on the other.Visitors to
Zanskar generally prefer to break the gruelling, 240 Km-long rough road journey
for an overnight halt here. Set amidst spectacular surroundings, Rangdum serves
as the ideal area for camping in the Himalayan wilderness while being
sufficiently near a road head. Due to its remoteness from the inhabited parts
either of Suru or Zanskar, the area's wild beauty is almost haunting, while its
isolation is near perfect even as the unpaved Zanskar road traverses its length.
The Khampa, the nomadic shepherds who
originally roamed the grazing pastures of the Tibetan plateau, would have been
familiar with the high passes into Zanskar many centuries before the villages of
the Zanskar or Indus valley were established. Two rivers, flowing towards each
other along the northern flank of the Great Himalaya, meet in the broad plain of
Padum. About 20 kms.
Trekking in Padum or Padam, the capital of Zanskar
region, opens up several outlying villages and
monasteries, which form the nucleus of the region.
This hard but very rewarding trek takes one from
Padum to Zangla. As on the Padum- Lamayuru Trek and
is only recommended for the second half of August
because from Zangla to Markha many crossings have
to be made over large rivers.
Padum (3505 m) is the present day administrative
headquarters of the region.
Phugthal is accessible from the Padum-Manali
trekking route through a 7 km long trail that branches off from the Purney
Bridge on the main trail. This imposing honeycomb-like structure is a rare sight
and is unmatched for sublime grandeur. It has been etched out of a
composite mountain and has been set within a massive cave. The dominant
yellow- caped monks there are always welcome.
This picturesque village is 6 kms
west of Padum, on the road to Kargil. The chief attraction here is the castle
like monastery which, unlike other monasteries of the region, is built on level
The monastery of Stongdey lies 18
kms. To the north of Padum, on the road leading to Zangla. An old foundation
associated with the Tibetan Yogi, Marpa, Stongdey is now the second largest
monastic establishment of Zanskar, inhabited by the resident community of about
60 Gelukpa monks.
Lying deep in the northern arm
of Zanskar at the end of a 35km. long rough road from Padum, Zangla was being
ruled by a titular king till his death a few years back. The old castle now in
ruins except for a small chappel, occupies a hill, overlooking the desertic
The other spectacular cave
monastery of Zanskar, Zongkhul falls on the Padum-Kishtwar trekking trail, just
before the ascent to the Omasi-la Pass begins. Situated like a swallow's nest on
the rock face of the Ating Gorge, the monastery is associated by legend with the
famous Indian Yogi, Naropa, who lectured in the Nalanda and Vikramsila
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