The Suru valley is one of the most beautiful fertile valleys of the Ladakh region with its own unique culture.
The Suru valley is one of the most beautiful fertile valleys of the Ladakh region with its own unique culture. It extends from Kargil in the south up to Penzila(4040 Mtrs) Kargil towards Zanskar spread at a length of 160 Kms.The valley consists of world famous Nun (7137 Mtrs) and Kun (7035 Mtrs) peaks.The Nun Kun massif offers an excellent combination of alpine slopes, ridges, glacial formations and majestic peaks for adventure lovers.
Attractions of Suru Valley
Places of Tourist interest in the Suru Valley are :
- Trespone. (Lonchay) A picturesque village, 22 km. from Kargil is the seat of the famous Imambarah perched atop a hillock. Saracenic and Tibetan elements of architecture and location is reflected in its construction. The village is popular among local picnic lovers. A ceremonial Towering View Point above the Imambarah, offer superb view of the entire valley
- Biamakhumboo. (35 Kms) . An early rock relief on the road side represent Avaloketesh – vara flanked by 2 godesses. There is a two –line Tibetan inscription on the rock. As is the rule with Tibetan-style rock carving, this Scluptureis in low relief.
- Sankoo: At (42 Km.) from Kargil is an amp theater of dense plantation. It is a base for a 4 days trek to Shargole over the Rusila (4950Mts) through the beautiful Phulungma. A 7th century 7 mtrs tall colossal Budha Statue of Karchay Khar can be visited at an hours walking distance.
Another trek leads through the Nakpochu (Black water) Nalah over Umbala (3350 mtrs.) to Drass (3 days).
Ziarat Karpokhar: A popular pilgrim place of Karpokhar shrine of a Muslim scholar Saint Syed Mir Hashim is also in the vicinity of Sankoo. This mausoleum of the saint is a very popular Pilgrimage centre of Muslims and a large number of pilgrims visit this place from far and near.
- Karchay Khar This village is famous for it is seven Mtrs. High Rock Carving of Chamba the Maitreya of the future Budha near this village. This rock carving in deep relief is blieved to be older than the one at Mulbekh. It is slightly smaller than that at Mulbekh but as impressive as at Mulbekh. The sculpture faces River Phulungma.
Ruined palace. Karchay Khar used to be the winter capital of the kings of Purig. The old palace was burnt during Zorawas’s attack (1834). There is an 18th century mosque nearby. It was constructed at the behest of the mother of King Thi Mohammad sultan. Craftsmen and masons were brought over from Kashmir for its construction. The original mosque got burnt along with the palace around 1834-35. The mosque now rebuild is fairly ordinary. In the 1980 s it was renovated extensively.
The Shagaran (Pologround) of Dambi-sa used to be at a short distance to the north of the palace. The tomb of Queen Rgyal Bibi: Rgyal was the wife of Thi Sultan. She was buried in a small forest, amidst rose bushed. It is said that her horse, her clothes and some of her other valuable belonging were buried with her. The tomb is close to the palace across the river. It is not far from the Maitreya statue.
- Purtikchay At the opening of the upper Suru Valley this village is situated at 57 kms from Kargil. One can have a superb view of the Suru Valley with a majestic peaks of Nun and Kun in the background.
- Damsna (61 kms) Beautiful camping place near the river bank. The spring here is developed as aquarium for development of fishing. It has fine view of Nun Kun Peaks. It is terminating point for Rafting in upper Suru River. The Site is also good for camping. Angling around the river is very popular.This place is very popular among hikers and picnic lovers during the summer.
- Panikhar (67 Kms) This village is base station for undertaking mountaineering and trekking around Suru Valley as well as to inner Ladakh and Kashmir valley.It has now become a township.
- Tangole (75 Kms.) A cluster of hamlets on the kargil –Padum road. It is the take off point for the mountaineering expeditions to famous Nun – Kun peaks. Mountaineers attempt to climb Nun peak from west ridge and North ridge besides an unnamed peak D.41 (5600) .3 hours ascend uphill and one reach the Base Camp for these peaks. The river Suru disappears in a deep rock conduit at this place. The inhabitants are tough mountain climbers tamed by the harsh and extreme climatic and topographic conditions.A couple of born mountaineers are rendering good service to the climbers in the capacity of High altitude porters Guides.
- Parkachik (85 Kms) In the shadow of famous Parkachik glacier which descends down form the flanks of Nun Kun and terminates in the Suru river, this village offers a wide range of adventure avenues around it. A short hike atop the saddle one can have a panoramic view of all peaks in the Nun Kun massif. A short walk across the foot bridge and traverse the moraine and glacier. There is also different formation of rock features for rock climbers.
- Gylmothongos. (110 Kmts) This Himalayan grazing land is the take off point for Shafat valley. Expeditions to a range of peaks are approached from this point. A foot bridge across suru has been launched.
- Rangdum (130 Kmts) Altitude 3657 Mtrs. Midway between Kargil and Padum. The wetland valley serves as an ideal camping area in the Himalayan wilderness and perfect isolation.Rangdum is trekking base for Rangdum –Kanji Hinaskote trek (5 days). Another adventure trek leads to Kishtiwar via glaciated chilling-La. Another trek leads over Pizdongla to Lingshed on the Lamayuru-padum Trek. Among the shorter treks the best one is a hike upto Penzila ridge (4401 Mtrs) and camp opposite the majestic Drandrung glacier. Poney Porters are available here for trekking.
Rangdum Monastry :The chief attraction here is as imposing 18th century monastery perched picturesquely atop a hillock like an ancient fort. Two small hamlets are the only habitation in the area besides the monastery.
- Penzila (160 Km. Alt.4401 Mtrs.) The watershed and highest point on Kargil – Padum road, Penzila is a picturesque table land studded with two small turquoise like alpine lakes surrounded by snow peaks. The majestic Drangdrung glacier with its awesome view dominates the scene. There is a Viewing Gallery and a good camping site near the lake.