150 miles from Kargil. Once the capital of the kingdom of Zanskar, Padum is located at the very end of the Kargil Road, on a plateau surrounded by mountains, at an altitude of 3,505 meters. Starting or finishing point of trekking in the valley, it is also a restful stop. It is the most populated city in Zanskar, with a little over a thousand inhabitants. The name of the city comes from the name of Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava.

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