· Shingo La photo-feature
Approaching Zanskar from the Suru Valley
· Penzella Pass
· Zanskar River
· Khurana River
· Rangdom Gompa
· Phuktal Gompa photo-feature
The Zanskar Valley has open undulating plains surrounded by high mountains. River terraces have been brought under cultivation, both for cereals and vegetables. The people also grow fruits on a moderate scale. These are consumed locally and also sent to markets outside the Zanskar Valley. Usually one crop is raised every year, although sometimes two crops are also grown.
There are many settlements and places of various significance in this valley.
This flat plain stretches for a distance of nearly 15 km up to a place called Gilmatongas. Shagma Kharphu is a fairly small village inhabited by simple and docile Buddhists. They grow barley on the unproductive soils.
Six kilometers from Shagma Karphu lies the famous Rangdom Gompa .
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