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Pensi La.
Pensi La.

Covering an area of roughly 7,000 square kilometres and situated at a height between 11,500 and 23,000 feet, Zanskar is in Kargil district in the eastern part of Jammu and Kashmir. The easiest way to reach Padum, the administrative capital, is by the road which goes from Kargil through the Suru valley and over the Pensi La. According the 2006 medical census, the population of Zanskar was a little less than 14,000. Ninety-five per cent of the population practise Tibetan Buddhism while the remainder are Sunni Muslims.



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