Padum was the ancient capital of Zanskar and houses the present day administrative headquarters of the region. It has a population of nearly 1500 and is considered the most populated settlement of Zanskar. On your tour to Padum you will enjoy the scenic beauty around.
Padum is one of the famous trekking base as well as an important tourist spot. Ladakh being the land of great scenic beauty has numerous places of pristine beauty which leaves one breathless. On your tour to Padum, you can take long walks to visit places of tourist interest. Below the old township of Padum, there is a set of rock carving on a massive boulder near the river bank. Belonging to the 8th century, these ancient rock sculptures provide evidence of the influence of North Indian Buddhism in Ladakh. Tourists visit the the Starrimo Monastery residence of 30 monks that clings to a tree-covered ridge. The area around, as well as the hills, have been terraced for farming. The old hamlet called Pibiting offers a picturesque view with the monastery on the hilltop setting an example of the stupa architecture.
On your tour to Padum you have to take the 240 km long Kargil-Padum road. The first 90 km stretch is paved and the road remains open from mid July to early November. Buses of Jammu Kashmir Transport operate from Kargil while you can also avail gypsy taxis and Jeeps from Kargil which can be maneuvered to the interior places of interest like Stongdey, Zangla and Karsha. Trekking is highly recommended during June and early July into Zanskar from panikhar or Parkachik onwards.