Padum (also spelled Padam) is the largest town and administrative centre of Zanskar tehsil of Kargil district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is 240 km away from Kargil.
The population is about 1,000 people. The traditional heart of the village is below the gompa where two large chortens stand above old buildings. A road was constructed in 1980 from Kargil across Pensi La. Padum has several hotels and restaurants meant for tourists. Padum has a post office, internet cafes and telephone booths.
Padum is in the centre of Zanskar. It has an average elevation of 3,669 metres (12,037 feet). There are several small villages around Padum.
Padum is largely inhabited by people of Tibetan descent who follow Tibetan Buddhism, but there is a sizable Muslim minority (accounting for ~40% of the town's population), mainly Balti, who have been present in Padum since the 17th century. A mosque was built in Padum in recent years to cater the local Muslim population.
Kursha Monastery in the Padum Valley Padum
The Padum Valley is a valley of the Zanskar region in the state of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir in northern India. The Doda River flows through the valley from its source at the Drang Drung glacier of the Pensi La.
The Zanskar River is located further downstream past the valley.
A number of notable Buddhist monasteries are located near Padum including Bardan Monastery and Kursha Monastery.
How to reach
By Bus: The bus details here apply during the tourist season between July 1 and September 15 only, after this period the Manali-Leh highway is formally closed. The other roads including the highway from Leh to Srinagar via Kargil, remain open until the end of October. Despite of heavy blizzard, the road from Leh to Nubra valley over the extremely high Khardung La is kept open throughout the year.
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