Located at a distance of approximately 35 km from Padum, Zangla is one of the major tourist attractions of Ladakh. Till a few years, it was under the rule of a titular king, who is not alive anymore. Zangla is mainly famous for a number of places that the village has. There is an old castle in the village, which now lies mostly in ruins. The only intact remnant of the castle is a small chapel that overlooks the deserted valley below. Quite near to the castle is an old Nunnery, housing a small population of monastic nuns.
Another place worth visiting in Zangla, Ladakh, is an old monastery
situated in the nearby village of Tsa-zar, mid-way between Stongdey and
Zangla. The monastery boasts of some of the most exquisite wall
paintings. The village of Zangla in Ladakh also serves as the nodal
point on the popular Padum-Stongdey-Zangla-Karsha-Padum round trip,
covering most of the cultural sites of Zanskar. Last but not the least,
it is the starting point for the treks to Padum-Markha valley.