Zangla, located about 35 kms from Padum, is the nodal point on the popular Padum-Strongdey-Zangla-Karsha-Padum round trip. It is know for its monastery and palace.

Contorted strata near Rinam village

Zangla Monastery

This Monastery is home to around 150 lamas and an old nunnery.

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Zangla Monastery

The nuns here lead a very austere life style.

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This nun has been living in this nunnery since she was a young child

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A nun lighting lamps

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View from the Monastery

Zangla Palace

Zangla was being ruled by a titular king till his death a few years back.

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The current ‘King of Zangla’

Since 2008, every summer a group of international volunteers ( Csoma’s Room ) come to Zangla and join their efforts with the local people to save the palace from collapsing.

The great Hungarian scholar Csoma made the first English-Tibetian Dictionary in 1823, while living in this palace. The dictionary was published a year later in 1824.

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The building is being saved using local materials, traditional methods, local labor and enthusiastic volunteers.

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Prayer room


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View from the palace roof

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A recent name plate outside Csoma’s room

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Inside Csoma’s room

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Graffiti left behind by ‘Csoma-philes’ …

Apart from restoration, the group provides books and stationary supplies to the local schools.

4 Responses to Zangla

  1. magiceye May 19, 2011 at 1:10 am #

     wonderful captures!

  2. Amar Jajoo May 20, 2011 at 8:07 pm #


    • Madhu Nair May 21, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

      Thanks a lot, Amar! and welcome to 10YearItch!

  3. yogi saraswat July 25, 2014 at 11:59 pm #

    very interesting and well written about zangla . very attractive shots.

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