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Padum Town in Zanskar

Padum was the ancient capital of Zanskar and houses the present-day administrative headquarters of the region. It has a population of nearly 1,500 and is considered the most populated settlement of Zanskar. On your tour to Padum, you will enjoy the scenic beauty around. You can add this tourist destination to the Ladakh tour package and make the trip memorable.

Padum is a famous trekking base and an important tourist spot. Ladakh, the land of great scenic beauty, has numerous pristine beauty places that leave one speechless. 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 carvings on a massive boulder near the river bank. 

These ancient rock sculptures provide evidence of the influence of North Indian Buddhism in Ladakh, which belongs to the 8th century. Tourists visit 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 as 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 takes you to the interior places of interest like Stongdey, Zangla, and Karsha. Trekking in Zanskar is highly recommended during June and early July into Zanskar from Panikkar or Parkachik onwards.