Welcome to Karsha
Across the valley from Padum, Karsha is Zanskar’s most striking village, full of photogenic old-fashioned homes, barley fields and threshing circles worked by dzo (yak-cow half breeds). Rising directly above is a near-vertical red rock mountainside, sliced in half by a deep chasm. Whitewashed monastic buildings cascading down one side form Zanskar's biggest Buddhist monastery complex, with an upper prayer hall that contains the mummified body of its 14th-century founder. Climbing the other side of the chasm is a Buddhist nunnery, an ancient citadel site and a remarkable yet little-visited Alchi-style temple featuring a splendid 11th-century carved figure.