Zangla is situated on the northern side of Zanskar at the extreme edge of the 35 kms long road that begins from Padum. Zangla was ruled by a titular king till his death about two decades back. An old castle is located on the hills, which is now in ruins. From the castle a panoramic view of the deserted valley below can be had. An old nunnery is located nearby and an old monastery is situated in the close village of Tsa-zar, famous for its beautiful frescos. From Zangla trips to most of the cultural sites of Zanskar like Padum-Strongdey-Zangla-Karsha-Padum trip. Zangla is also the basecamp for the Padum-Markha valley treks.
Zangla is the take-off point for the Padum-Lamayuru and the Padum-Markha treks, as well as for the 'Chaddar' trek over the frozen Zanskar river to Nimu, which becomes feasible only during the middle of the winter.
How to Reach
By Air - Both Srinagar and Leh Airport can used to reach Kargil.
By Road - From Kargil, buses leave for Padum every other day at three in the morning. It takes two days to reach Padum with an overnight halt at Rangdum. From Padum, Zangla can be reached on a horseback (5 hours) or jeep (1 hour).