Zanskar Padum

Padum is named after Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche in Indian Buddhism). It was historically one of the two main capitals of the Zanskar Kingdom.It is the only town and administrative centre in Zanskar of the tri armed Zanskar valley.

We visited this place during our Photo-tour to Zanskar.

Padum is largely inhabited by people who follow Tibetan Buddhism, also there is a sizable Muslim minority roughly around 40% of the town’s population, mainly Balti who have been present in Padum since the 17th century.This small town also has a small mosque too for the community of Sunni Muslims.
In the close distance of Padum are rock carvings from the 8th century, made on a large rock on the banks of the river Lung-nak below the old- town which is a proof that there was an influence of Buddhism even in the ancient India and this place has existed since that time.
The best time to visit is between June and October.
The town of Padum has around two Buddhist monasteries
(i) Stagrimo Monastery having home around 30 lamas, is located on a tree-covered ridge just above the old-part of the town, where one has to walk upwards along the slopes of the hills.
(ii) Then after the cultivated land, there is the old village of Pibiting, which has another monastery on the hilltop, built in the shape of a Stupa.

Karsha Gustor, Zanskar, also known as Spitok Gutor Zanskar are the major festivals of this place, celebrated in the month of January.

It is a tourist-friendly town with a number of hotels, restaurants, home-stays .

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