Top things to do in Kargil & Zanskar

Top Choice Village in Kargil

Hundarman Broq

Set in a sharp mountain gully 11km northeast of Kargil, the tumbledown ghost village of Hundarman is a remarkable sight. Rocky crags tower above, a steeply raked arc of stone-walled terraces sits below and virtually…
Buddhist Monastery in Zangla

Stongdey Gompa

One of Zanskar's most important monasteries, Stongdey Gompa doesn't look like much when viewed from below, but it crowns a bird’s-eye perch with stupendous views over the Zanskar Valley. It's best seen in morning li…
Buddhist Monastery in South of Padum

Bardan Gompa

Bardan Gompa is a fortress-like monastery with a spectacular setting atop a rocky outcrop commanding an S-bend in the Lugnak Valley. The main prayer hall retains some ancient murals and is accessed via an appealing …
Architecture in Zangla

Zangla Palace

The three-storey ruin of a 17th-century royal palace sits on a crag surveying Zangla village and the valley looking north towards Hanamur. From 1823, Hungarian scholar Alexander (Sándor) Csoma de Kőrös took a room h…
Buddhist Monastery in Karsha

Karsha Gompa

At the far side of a wide plain around 2½ hours’ walk from Padum, Karsha Gompa is Zanskar’s largest Buddhist monastery. Dating to at least the 10th century, it’s a jumble of whitewashed blocks rising almost vertical…
Buddhist Temple in Karsha

Dukhang Yokma

The Dukhang Yokma, Karsha Gompa's main prayer hall, was demolished in 2009 due to irreparable structural damage. In so doing, an astonishing discovery was made: the mummified body of the monastery's 14th-century fou…
Buddhist Monastery in Padum

Sani Gompa

Zanskar’s oldest gompa comprises a small, two-storey prayer hall ringed by a curious tunnelled cloister. The stupa out back dates back to Kushan King Kanishka (2nd century AD), making it the oldest Buddhist monument…
Museum in Kargil

Munshi Aziz Bhat Serai Museum

Celebrating Kargil's pre-1947 role as a Silk Route trading centre, this small, intriguing private museum illustrates the caravan trade to Central Asia with coins, clothes, saddles, maps and rare 1931 photos by Ruper…
Buddhist Temple in Karsha

Chukchikjal Temple

Karsha's Konchod Drubling Nunnery is only a few decades old, but it occupies the site of a far older settlement containing the upper ruins of a fortress, a stupa dating from the 11th century and this small but remar…
Buddhist Sculpture in Suru Valley

Khartse Khar Buddha

This ancient Buddha carving is an impressive sight and all the more appealing for being unknown to most visitors. It's hardly a five-minute walk off the Barsoo road following the footpath that contours around to Kha…