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If you manage to find a bus to Padum, it’s best to get off by most of the guesthouses, on the main road just south of the J&K Tourist Office (Mon–Sat 10am–4pm; t 01983/245017), which is good for general advice, though it doesn’t rent out trekking gear. Due to the short season and the limited tourist trade, renting a taxi in Padum (through the Padum Taxi Union office) is expensive: a trip to Karsha and back costs at least Rs1200. As yet, there is nowhere in Padum to change money, although you can mail letters from the post office next door to the tourist centre. There are two internet cafés but unsurprisingly connections are erratic and slow.

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