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Introducing Padum

Zanskar’s dusty little capital has an impressive mountain backdrop but lacks much architectural character. Within a block of the central crossroads you’ll find the bus/share-taxi stand, phone offices, an internet cafe, a Tourist Office and the majority of Padum’s dozen hotel-guesthouses. The main road then straggles 700m south past a sizeable 1991 mosque to the crumbling little ‘old town’ and a hillock of stupas and water-eroded boulders. More traditional Pibiting village, 2km north, has a small gompa dwarfed by a large hilltop stupa topped with a beacon lamp.