Zanskar or Zangskar 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. The Zanskar Range is a mountain range in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir that separates Zanskar from Ladakh.
Zanskar is one of the known Buddhist kingdoms of the western Himalayas within elevation of 12000 feet.Zanskar is a sub district of Kargil located interior of Ladakh region with Padum as its administrative centre. Zanskar is the most isolated part of Trans Himalaya region. Once it was the part of the Guge kingdom in Tibet, Zanskar is now integral part of India. Zanskar is famous for its high beautiful mountains and landscape. Zanskar is one of the most unexplored places in Jammu and Kashmir. Pleasant climate, landscape, snow-capped Himalayan Mountains and sparking rivers makes Zanskar a perfect holiday destination for worldwide tourists.
Some of the famous tourist attractions in Zanskar district are the monasteries, Zongla, Zongkhul, Stongdey. One can visit these places at least 2 – 3 days trip in Zanskar. The monasteries are several centuries old and carry many tales of legendry scholars like Narop. The main town in zanaskar are padum and Kharsha. The zanaskar valley is separated from the suru valley by the Penzila pass which serves as a excellent camping places, offering breath taking views. Zanaskar is a accessible through Gogan. It also remain closed for 08 months due to heavy snowfall.