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Tourism in Zanskar

Zanskar, the region between Kishtwar and Manali in the south and Kargli and Lamayuru in the north is ideal for trekking. Surrounded by the main Himalayas on one side and the Zanskar Range on the other, it is the most remote district of Ladakh. Few inhabited valleys in the world are so isolated.
You won't find many hotels in Zanskar but neither will you find the military installations and soldiers so common in the rest of Ladakh. The most you'll come across is a mounted patrol or pony caravan of the Jammu & Kashmir Police. As for foreigners, they are still few and far between in this 'off the beaten track' Himalayan valley.
Padum, the capital of Zanskar has a population of about one thousand people, of whom about 450 are Muslims. Padum has several hotels, a few shops and a tourist office.
Zanskar became an administrative part of Ladakh under Senge Namygal. He had three sons whom he installed as rulers of Ladakh, Guge, and Zanskar and Split, respectively.
After Ladakh's war with Tibet this order gradually fell apart and Zanskar's royal families split, one side assuming jurisdiction of Padum and the other of Zangla. This continued until the Dogra times when both families were reduced to having only nominal powers. This was a period of great unrest in Zanskar and the records testify to wholesale destruction of many of the villages. Thereafter Zanskar's political history was again very much intertwined with Ladakh.
Zanskar consists of two populated valleys, the Stod (Doda Chu) and Lunak (Tsarap Chu), which converge below Padum, the capital. The Zanskar River flows across the plains from Padum to Zangla, where it penetrates the huge Zanskar range en route to the Indus, creating some of the most spectacular gorges in the Himalayas.



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