Suru Valley Pictures – Set 1

The Suru valley, running from Kargil to Penzi La , is located in the Ladakh region of J&K. Its population of about 25,000 is a mix of Dard and Tibetan descents.

Kargil to Panikher

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Suru Valley

Saliskote is a village is about 22 kms from Kargil on the way to Padum. It used to be one of the most educationally backward villages in the area until a branch of the Mutahhary Public School was established in 1993.

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Darul Quran E Meraj, Saliskote

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Maitreya Buddha @ Kartse (near Sanku)

In the lower Suru Valley (Kargil to Parkachik), majority of the population are followers the Shia form of Islam. They had converted from Tibetan Buddhism in the 16th century under the direction of Thi-Namgyal.

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Kartse local

The lower part of the valley, altitudes below 3000 metres, is one of the most agriculturally productive parts of Ladakh.

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Suru Valley towards Panikher

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Suru Valley towards Panikher


Panikher is a moderately sized valley about 40 km from Kargil. It’s a good place to break the journey to Rangdum/Padum.

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Brick House, Panikher

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Near the foot hills, Panikher

Kids @ Panikher

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Savi with the school kids

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Panikher to Rangdum

Rangdum is located midway between Kargil and Padum. It is about 100 kilometers from Kargil.

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Outside Panikher

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The spectacularly beautiful valley is, however, practically uninhabited past Parkachik.

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Chortens are cone shaped stupas containing Buddhist relics. It represents the 5 elements – earth, water, fire, air, and space.

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Village near Rangdum

8 Responses to Suru Valley Pictures – Set 1

  1. prato September 8, 2010 at 8:33 pm #

    spellbounding!….absolutely no words left in my brain …thanks for sharing…:-)

    • Madhu September 8, 2010 at 11:48 pm #

      🙂 Good to hear from you … How are things at your end?
      We are currently in mallu land 🙂

  2. stickyfeet September 10, 2010 at 2:14 am #

    Wonderful pictures! The geography looks similar to my back yard – the Fraser River Canyon in British Columbia.

    I’m going to tweet this!

    • Madhu September 10, 2010 at 10:25 pm #

      Thanks, Sticky Feet.

  3. magiceye September 10, 2010 at 6:51 am #

    beautiful images!!!

    • Madhu September 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

      Thanks, Magiceye!

  4. Ashwin Bahulkar April 18, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    Spectacular..when did you go to suru valley?End of winter it seems..

    • 10 Year Itch April 19, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

      Hi Ashwin,
      Thanks for stopping by our blog.
      We were in Suru towards the end of June – perfect time to be there.

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