Zanskar is situated in the Ladakh border of the Kargil district at an altitude ranging from 3500 m to 7000 m above sea level. It is a very remote mountain valley spread over an area of 7000 sq. km.As a destination for adventure and mystery,Zanskar is quite interesting to be explored with its stark mountain landscape, dotted by little villages and stunning monasteries perched on high cliffs, and the towering snow peaks. Historically Zanskar talks a about the Buddhist culture. Nature has provided Zanskar with such a unique landscape, which cannot be seen anywhere else in the world.Zanskar literally means the Copper Star and this name derivation is due to the fact that the various rivers flowing into Zanskar carry copper sediments. River rafting is one of the main attraction of Zanskar. ORIENTATION Zanskar is situated across the Suru Valley and over the Pensi La in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. HISTORY Zanskar has got its place in history right from the Bronze Age. During the 8th century Buddhism had a major influence in this region leading to which in the 10th century two Royal Houses were founded in Zanskar, and the monasteries of Karsha and Phugtal were built.In the mid-20th century, border conflicts between India, Pakistan, and China caused Ladakh and Zanskar to be closed to foreigners. But however at least for the past twenty years the opening of a road has led to lot of tourists coming in with many changes to the traditional social organization of Zanskar.