Incredible India! Every country has got its exquisiteness and so does India. Zanskar a sub-district situated on Kargil District in Jammu & Kashmir state. Jammu & Kashmir marks the top first country which lies in the eastern part of India. While Zanskar is a mountain range. The mountain range is approximately 100-km wide, and a part of Tethys Himalayas.
‘What’s in the name?’ This was popularly stated by Shakespeare. But now, name tells or speaks a lot. The origin for the word Zanskar has different stories. But according to locals, Zangs is a Tibetian word which means ‘copper’. Hence the place is also known as Zangsmkhar: Copper Place, Zangskar: copper star or Zangsdkar: White Copper.
Zanskar encompasses two deep valleys called Lunak and Stod. The total area of valley is around 5,000 sq. Km approximately with elevation of 13,514-feet. The best time to visit this place is from mid –May to October. The area becomes inaccessible for 6-long months due to heavy snowfall on roads and mountains. Mid of May is best time to visit, this is period when tourist from several parts of world flow to get best of Zanskar.
How to get there?
The only motor able road to reach Zanskar is through Kargil to Padum. This road got completed in year 1970 or so. Today the condition of road is not good, while government is neglecting to create a proper road-way. Another route called Nimo –to-Padum is also on priority, as this will be shortest route to get there.
The very first traces of human in Zanskar was dated during Bronze Age. People like hunters resided in such area between China and Kazakhstan. Then in early 200BC, Buddhism influence as more in Zanskar. The Bon religion by Tibetan is the ancient religion obeyed from past 7th century.
In 20-th Mid-century, the area was noted under border conflict between India, China and Pakistan. Due to grave border conflict the area was closed to foreign visitors. During conflict, Ladakh lost its original territory to Pakistan, today the place is known as ‘Baltistan’, while other part called Aksai Chin to China. This Conflict was major disrupt incident faced by the locals.
Other Attraction to note:
Buddhist monasteries are famous tourist attraction at Zanskar. Monestries like Bardan, Stongde, Phuktal, Zongkhul are very popular. If you are visiting by roadways, then hiring jeep is best way to go for. You can cover all points in one day or two. Padum is main point, which consist of several Guest Houses, Restaurants and Hotel to halt for.