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Suru Valley, Kargil
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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.People of the Suru ValleyThe 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 ZanskarLandscape and agricultureThe lower part of the valley, at altitudes below 3,000 metres, 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.
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  • Mestnsye residents to invest in their land very much work, so little pieces of fertile land to Brown-Brown slopes look simply oases.
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  • The connected road remains closed in the winter due to heavy snow after Nov till the month of April.Where Suru Valley entrance is Kargil,Padum is the end point where Zanskar valley starts.Thus transce...  more »
  • My trip started from Leh towards Srinagar, and our first views were barren lands and "Non-Magnetic Hill". Though they were exceptionally breathtaking, they could not compare to the views of Suru Valle...  more »