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How to reach Suru Valley

  • The two popular routes to reach Suru Valley is from Srinagar and from Manali via the Manali-Leh Highway.
  •  Both roads transverse through tricky mountain routes and high passes and are at times blocked due to landslides. 
  • The Srinagar-Leh Highway is close to the border with Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. 
  • The closest airport is at Leh. 
  • The Leh airport is connected to Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar and Chandigarh. One can opt for a taxi or auto to reach the destination. 

Suru Valley is famous for:

Suru Valley, snuggled in the great Himalayan ranges, extends from Kargil town to Penzi La Watershed and is from where the Suru River originates. With snow capped mountain peaks flanking the valley, this place is extremely beautiful especially in spring when the apricot and apple trees are in full bloom. Willow and poplar trees that are seen throughout the valley add to the beauty. Tourists visiting the valley in May can view the melting of ice which is a surreal experience. The valley is the most fertile land in the otherwise arid Ladakh region and about two crops are harvested every year. Cereals like millets, wheat and barley and vegetables like radish, turnip and peas are mainly cultivated in the valley. Grapes are also grown in the valley which is mainly used to make liquor. Though a beautiful valley, Suru Valley is not often crowded with visitors, making it an ideal destination for couples. Tourists can also enjoy the panoramic view of Kun and Nun peaks from the valley and can indulge in adventurous activities like trekking and rock climbing; the most popular trek being the three day trek from Suru to Dras

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Arguably one of the most beautiful and scenic valleys in the kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir, Suru Valley nestled in the Himalayan mountain range is drained by the Suru River (a tributary of the Indus River). Kargil, the second largest town in Ladakh and the site of the bloody war of 1999, is situated in Suru Valley. The valley boasts of scenic vistas and a pristine environment.The Suru valley is a valley in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, which is drained by the Suru River (Indus), a powerful tributary of the Indus river.

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The Suru valley is a valley in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, which is drained by the Suru River (Indus), a powerful tributary of the Indus river. The valley's most significant town is Kargil.The Suru valley is inhabited by 25,000 by people of Dard and Tibetan descent. In Kargil and the lower Suru Valley (i.e. Sanku, Panikhar and south as far as Parkachik), the majority of the population are followers of Shi'a Islam, having converted from Tibetan Buddhism in the 16th century under the direction of Thi-Namgyal. Beyond Parkachik the spectacularly beautiful valley is practically uninhabited other than a couple of tiny settlements (Yuldo and Julidok) that consist Rangdum. People here are socially and culturally part of neighbouring Buddhist Zanskar and support the 18th century Rangdum Monastery belonging to the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. About 25 km south of Rangdum Monastery, the 4,400 m (14,436 ft) Pensi La (pass) leads into Zanskar.The lower part of the valley, at altitudes below 3,000 metres (9,843 ft), is one of the most agriculturally productive parts of Ladakh with two crops a year being harvested, watered by the run-off from the very heavy winter snowfalls,and even plantations of willow and poplar trees making it a relatively lush and very attractive area, but around Rangdum the landscapes are stark, flat moorlands ringed by arid crags.The spikey white topped mountain peaks of the Nun-Kun massif, topping 7000m, are visible from several places in the valley.Despite considerable potential, tourism activity is very limited in the valley with most visitors rushing through to Padum and Zanskar. There are few facilities for visitors but Jammu & Kashmir Tourism does have basic tourist bungalows in several of the villages and there's a summer tent-camp in Rangdum. Tangole village is a possible starting point for mountaineering expeditions up Nun Kun.

The landscape of the Suru valley is wonderful, especially when it gets dotted by flowers in the summer. It expands from Kargil town upto the Penzi La watershed, from where the Suru river rises.The Suru valley has a large population, mainly of Tibetan-Dard Muslims, who converted to Islam in the 15th century. The beauty of the region is enhanced by the peaks of Nun (7,135m) and Kun (7,035m) Massif.Suru looks ravishing during spring time when the apple and apricot trees are in bloom. Mountains towering up to a height of over 10,000 ft surround the valley. (Kun and Nun are the two most prominent peaks here.) The valley is one of the most agriculturally productive regions in all of Ladakh. Two crops are harvested each year which is supplied with an ample amount of water by the melting snow flowing down the mountain into the valley. Agriculture is the main source of income of the locals. Poplar and willow trees grow in abundance; willow is used to manufacture cricket bats.Summer in Suru Valley is long and offers the much needed respite from the harsh winter. Suru Valley is famous for the trekking opportunities it offers. The three-day trek to Dras passes through beautiful meadows and offers scenic views. Rock climbing is another activity you can try in Suru. Winter in Suru Valley starts in November and ends in May. The temperature can drop as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius.

 

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How to reach Suru Valley

  • The two popular routes to reach Suru Valley is from Srinagar and from Manali via the Manali-Leh Highway.
  •  Both roads transverse through tricky mountain routes and high passes and are at times blocked due to landslides. 
  • The Srinagar-Leh Highway is close to the border with Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. 
  • The closest airport is at Leh. 
  • The Leh airport is connected to Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar and Chandigarh. One can opt for a taxi or auto to reach the destination. 

Suru Valley is famous for:

Suru Valley, snuggled in the great Himalayan ranges, extends from Kargil town to Penzi La Watershed and is from where the Suru River originates. With snow capped mountain peaks flanking the valley, this place is extremely beautiful especially in spring when the apricot and apple trees are in full bloom. Willow and poplar trees that are seen throughout the valley add to the beauty. Tourists visiting the valley in May can view the melting of ice which is a surreal experience. The valley is the most fertile land in the otherwise arid Ladakh region and about two crops are harvested every year. Cereals like millets, wheat and barley and vegetables like radish, turnip and peas are mainly cultivated in the valley. Grapes are also grown in the valley which is mainly used to make liquor. Though a beautiful valley, Suru Valley is not often crowded with visitors, making it an ideal destination for couples. Tourists can also enjoy the panoramic view of Kun and Nun peaks from the valley and can indulge in adventurous activities like trekking and rock climbing; the most popular trek being the three day trek from Suru to Dras

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