Karsha monastery lays six kms in the North East of Padum. A tarred road leads all the way to it from the main junction in Padum. Karsha monastery lies at the hill top with cemented steps leading up to it. At the top lies Karsha Monastery with a large central courtyard with a double storied monastery facing the entrance.
The Doda River flows past the monastery from its source at the Drang Drung glacier of the Pensi La. Karsha is the largest and most important monastery in Zanskar. It is attributed to Padmasambhava, and there are ancient rock-carvings at the site. The oldest remaining structure, an Avalokiteshvara temple, Chuk-shik-jal, contains wall paintings which seem to associate it with the era of Rinchen Zangpo (958-1055). The bewitching beauty of the location of the monastery is captivating.