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In this article, we tell you about tourism in Zangla, a beautiful village in Ladakh, India.


Location: Approximately 35 km from Padum
How to Reach: The nearest road is 240 km long Kargil-Padum road, which remains opened from around mid July to early November. B-class buses operate thrice, weekly, from Kargil. However groups can charter A-Class or even Super-Deluxe buses also. Jeeps and Gypsy taxis can also be hired at Kargil.
Best Time to Visit: June to Early November
How to spend Time/Attractions: An old castle, a nunnery, an old monastery and some picturesque locales
Accommodation: Tourist complex, private hotels and camping places at Padum, dormitory at Karsha, etc

Zangla in LadakhLocated 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.