fertile region of Padum and its outlying villages
and gompas form the nucleus of this Little
Tibet called Zanskar. Zanskar comprises
a tri-armed valley system lying between the
great Himalayan range and the Zanskar mountain.
It is mainly along the course of this valley
system that the region's 10000 strong, mainly
Buddhists, population lives. Spread over an
estimated geographical area of 5000 sq km, high-rise,
mountains and deep gorges surround Zanskar.
The three arms radiate star-like towards the
west, north and south from a wide central expanse
where the region's two principal drainages meet
to form the main Zanskar river.