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Jeep Safari to Zanskar - 8 Days

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Jeep Safari to Zanskar:

Zanskar is most isolated region of Ladakh around 480 kms from Leh and 250 kms from Kargil. Zanskar is reached after a day drive to Kargil and second day from Kargil to Padum. The route from Kargil to Padum is the only motorable road to reach Zanskar valley, which remains open from June to September. Approaching Padum through this route, one travel south, along the Suru River, which flows down from Penzila Pass through Suru valley and Zanskar. The Suru valley is one of the most beautiful regions of Ladakh and is inhabited by people of the Balti origin. Muslim communities inhabit the valley, but in the past, the valley was populated by Buddhist. There are few rocks curving of Maitriya Buddha, at Kartse Khar and Padmapani Avaloketeshvara at Byama Khambu. Sanku is the largest village surrounded by colorful Rocky Mountains and flowers in summer. It has a small Bazaar dotted with shops and restaurants. The next major village is Panikhar, under the shadows of Nun Kun Massif.

The photographic view of Nun Kun can be enjoyed from the village Thangbu, about 12 Kms. short of Panikhar. Leaving Panikhar and arrive Parkachik, through the ascent along the Suru River, one reaches the first little Buddhist village called Zuldo. Next comes the Rangdum monastery, which is situated on a rock hill in the middle of the valley. Around hours journey from here is Penzila from where one can view the Zanskar valley and Drang Drung Glacier beside the Penzila. There are many small villages between Aksho to Padum i.e. Hamuling, Phay and Dungri. The valley is covered with blanket of green patches. The road leads to the left bank of Doda chu. At Dungri it crosses the Doda chu. The road truns to the south and leads to Padum. On the way one passes the Suny monastery, with the Kanika Chorten and then Padum after 6 Kms. Padum, Once the Capital of the Zanskar valley, today it is the administrative headquarter of the region and probably the most populous settlement of the Valley. There are many monastery to visit in Zanskar i.e Suny, Stongdey, Zongkhul, Karsha and Phuktal monasteries. This Jeep tour can be organised for 1-2 weeks starting from Leh.River Indus flows across high altitude cold deserts mountains of Ladakh in Indian Himalaya, which offers fascinating day rafting near to Leh and three four days trip can also be organized in the Indus Valley of Ladakh, starting from Upshi to Nimoo passing through villages, monasteries and gorges of Phey and Nimoo. .

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Jeep Safari to Zanskar