Zanskar is a subdistrict or tehsil of the Kargil district, which lies in the eastern half of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The administrative centre is Padum. Zanskar, together with the neighbouring region of Ladakh, was briefly a part of the kingdom of Guge in Western Tibet.
It is famous for its stunning scenery and Tibetan-style Buddhist monasteries. It borders on Ladakh to which it is almost identical from an outsiders point of view, only being more remote and less densely populated, with less infrastructure.
Zanskar Valley is currently approachable by road from a Kargil town which is second largest town in Ladakh region. It lies on the Srinagar - Leh highway. The main town of Zanskar region is Padum which is approx 240 km from Kargil. There is an intermediate town of Rongdum as well. There is currently a road under construction which will connect Darcha to Padum and onwards to Leh via Nimoo.
Places to see around Zanskar include Zangla, Zongkhul, Stongdey.Zangla was ruled by a a titular king, till few years back. Zangla lies in the north of Zanskar, around 35 km from Padum. Zongkhul has many spectacular cave monasteries famous in Zanskar and is located on the trekking trail of Padum to Kishtwar which is just before the starting point of ascent of Omasi- la Pass trek.
Trekking is one of most adventures things to do in Zanskar, Ladakh. Zanskar attracts thousands of adventure sports lovers every year, to experience the adventure and thrill of some challenging treks available there. Few of the highest mountain passes of the country are located in the Zanskar. Trekking through these high mountain is enthralling, but trekking in these place requires good trekking experience as well as trekkers should be able to take physical strain.