A glimpse of Zanskar: India’s remote valley

one of the remotest valley in India connected by a single road


Zanskar is part of the Kargil district in India’s northernmost state Jammu and Kashmir. Zanskar is part of the Kargil district in India’s northernmost state Jammu and Kashmir. Kargil is inaccessible by road through winter because of heavy snowing on the treacherous mountain passes that connect Kargil to the rest of India. Padum, the headquarters of Zanskar is 250 km from Kargil.

"Photograph by Chetan Karkhanis"

Rangdom, Kargil

Soon after Kargil, the Suru valley starts. The Suru river keeps the surroundings green and this is the last bitof greenery you will see for days!

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Suru Valley, Kargil

The Nun (7135 m) and Kun (7087 m) tower over the valley overlooking the few villages in the valley. Mount Nun is perennially covered in snow while Kun is barren black.

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Mount Nun and Mount Kun

A few kilometers towards Zanskar Parkachik glacier shows up.

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Parkachik Glacier

The Suru river and the massive imposing Greater Himalayas for company in the vast nothingness of the surroundings makes it a sight that you can never forget.

"Photograph by Chetan Karkhanis"

Greater Himalayas and the Suru River

Rangdum comes midway from Kargil to Padum. It is a tiny hamlet of around ten houses, a couple of food stalls and a few guest houses. Rangdum, essentially was a definition of “in the middle of nowhere”.

"Photograph by Chetan Karkhanis"

Rangdum

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mobile tower at Rangdom

"Photograph by Chetan Karkhanis"

Rangdom

When you reach Zanskar, you might wonder what kind of a hard life people live here under such harsh conditions. But on the contrary they seem to have cracked the secret to happiness in the middle of nowhere.

"Photograph by Chetan Karkhanis"

Random kids in Zanskar

A few more pics of the beautiful valley:

A splash of white against the rugged browns of the Zanskar mountains. An enormous glacier, melting in full flow at this peak of summer below:

"Photograph by Chetan Karkhanis"

Zanskar valley

"Photograph by Chetan Karkhanis"

Drang Drung Glacier in Zanskar valley

The Zanskar valley is one of the most remote places in India and is connected by a single motorable road with the rest of India.

"Photograph by Chetan Karkhanis"

Padum, Zanskar valley

"Photograph by Chetan Karkhanis"

Zanskar valley

 

Source: Journey to Zanskar: India’s remote valley | SandeepaChetan’s Travel Blog