Zangla is a scenic village located 35 km from Padum
in Kargil District
of Jammu and Kashmir
. It lies in the northern side of the Zanskar Valley
The village, surrounded by beautiful hills, was being ruled by a titular king till his death a few years back. His castle, now in ruins except from a small chapel, stands sentinel over this isolated valley.
Zangla is a base camp for trekkers in the summer and the take-off point for the Padum-Lamayuru and the Padum-Hemis treks. The tourist complex situated at Padum offers excellent accommodation.
The ancient caves, a nunnery and an old rope suspension bridge - a rare feat of primitive engineering- add its charm. Excursions to Tsa-zar,
Stongdey, Zanskar and Padum will be an enchanting experience.
Zangla can be accessed from Kargil on the Kargil-Padum road. This road remains opened from around mid July to early November.