Welcome to Karsha
Rising directly above is a near-vertical red-rock mountainside, sliced in half by a deep chasm. Whitewashed monastic buildings cascading down the north side form Zanskar's biggest Buddhist monastery complex, with an upper prayer hall whose stupa contains the mummified body of its 14th-century founder.
Climbing the other side of the chasm is a Buddhist nunnery, an ancient citadel and the remarkable yet little-visited Alchi-style Chukchikjal Temple featuring a splendid 11th-century carved Chenresig statue. Ask for the key at the nunnery dining hall.