Zangla was ruled by a a titular king, till few years back. Zangla lies in the north of Zanskar, around 35 km from Padum. For the visit of austere life style of small community of nuns, one can find many old nunnery.
Zongkhul has many spectacular cave monasteries famous in Zanskar. Zongkhul is located on the trekking trail of Padum to Kishtwar which is just before the starting point of ascent of Omasi- la Pass trek.
The stongdey monastery lies on the road towards Zabgla, 18 km in north direction from Padum. There is a community of about 60 Gelukpa monks who are the resident of the Stongdey. Stongdey is the second largest monastic establishment in the Zanskar region and this monastic is inhabited by the community of monks. Tourists can approach this place on foot by the road in about 4 hours. Monastery climb is rather strenuous, but it is worthwhile after seeing the breathtaking natural beauty of the valley.