35 km from Zanskar, along the long rough road from Padum, a titular king ruled the Zangla Valley till his death until a few years back. The old castle is now in utter ruins and the only surviving edifice is a small chapel that occupies a hill and sits overlooking the deserted valley below. There is an old Nunnery near it, which is worth a visit, if only for the austere life style of the small monastic community of nuns that live here. One may also see the old monastery situated in the nearby village of Tsazar that has exquisite frescos. This village lies mid-way between Stongdey and Zangla. Today, Zangla is the nodal point on the popular trip covering Padum, Strongdey, Zangla, Karsha and back again to Padum covering almost all the cultural sites of Zanskar.
One can still see the old rope suspension bridge spanning the
tumultuous Zanskar near Zangla, which is the testimony of a rare feat of
folk engineering. However, it is no longer in use now. Today. People use
a temporary footbridge to cross the river and approach the left bank
along which the trail to Karsha follows. Zangla is also the
starting point of various trekking expeditions for the Padum
- Markha valley. In June, the summer is at its height in the region
and the climate is ideal for trekking along the route but in winters, a
frigid dormancy envelops the area.
Zangla is the main point on the popular tour covering Padum, Strongdey, Zangla, Karsha and back again to Padum.