Suru Valley

One of the most awe-inspiring destinations in the Ladakh Valley, the Suru Valley form the foundation of Kargil district. It is nestled in the northeastern foothills of the Great Himalayas, at a height of 3000 meters above sea level. Tourists in large number throng to this place to spend their vacation amidst tranquil and picturesque natural beauty.


The total composite population of this region is 30,000, which comprise mainly of Tibetan and Dared descendants. The lower part of the valley, below 3000 meters, is one of the most agricultural prolific parts of Ladakh. Every year two crops are harvested in this region, watered by the overspill from the melting snow glaciers.

Location

Located in the far west of Ladakh, in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, Suru Valley is situated at an elevation of 3000 meters. The valley expands itself from the Kargil town up to the Penzi La glacier, from where the Suru river originates.

Best Time to Visit

Summers in Suru Valley are quite long and gives ample chance to the tourists to explore this charismatic valley. The best time to visit Suru Valley in Ladakh is between the months of July and September.

Tourist Attractions of Suru Valley

Sankoo

Encompassed by the rocky mountains, this bowl shaped stretch is a must visit destination in Ladakh. It is a popular picnic spot for the tourists. Here you can explore the lush plantations, wild roses, poplars and nearby villages.

Rangdum

One of the most isolated parts of the Suru Valley, Rangdum is an oblique extended plateau encompassed by the magnificent hills on one side and rocky mountains on the other. It is just a six hour drive from the Kargil and nestled at an altitude of 3657 meters. The 18th century Buddhist monastery 'Rangdum' is a major attraction and home to around 40 monks.

Kartse Khar

Home to the 7ft tall rock statue of Lord Buddha, dating back to the 7th century, Kartse Khar is an ancient Buddhist village in the Suru Valley.

Panikhar

Located in the central part of the valley, Panikhar offers immense opportunities for the mountaineering excursions to the various snow-capped peaks.

Where to Stay

In terms of accommodation, the Suru Valley has camps and tents near the Rangdum monastery. However, in Kargil, you will find budget and medium-range hotels but in limited numbers.

How to Reach

There are regular bus services which connect Sankoo, Parachik and Panikhar to Kargil. A bus ride from Kargil to Sankoo, Parachik and Panikhar takes 2, 3 and 4 hours respectively. Rangdum and Padum are connected to each other with a Bi-weekly bus service. However, some trucks plying between Kargil and Padum offer a lift in the cabin at the price of a bus ticket.


Destinations in Leh Ladakh