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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.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Kargil

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