Beyond Paradise: Villages in Kargil Dist's upper Suru Valley


A handful of small villages and hamlets are located in the upper part of the Suru River valley. The Nun-Kun peaks over look much of Upper Suru valley and together with the many glaciers form a spectacular backdrop to these habitations - Tai Suru, Panikhar, Tangole and Parkachik among others.


Below are some images of the drive from Purtikchay to Tangole - the village that provides climbers access to Nun - Kun.


A gushing stream fed by snow-capped peaks (above).

The valley suddenly opens vast vistas at Purtikchay village (above).

From Purtichay the first clear view of the Nun-Kun peaks (above).

Nun-Kun peaks dominate the landscape in the Upper Suru valley (above).

A Government primary school amidst the Himalayas (above).

The landscape is simply spectacular and some of the views hit your sense very hard. These views are too hard to forget and hang-over of the trip lingers on in a visitor's mind for years. A barley field with the backdrop of Parkachik glacier seen in the above and below picture.


A glacier fed stream beyond Panikhar village, before it joins the Suru River (above).

Plantations besides road with the back drop of glaciers (above).

Villagers farming below glaciers along Panikhar - Tangole stretch of the road (above).

Panikhar village as seen from the Panikhar - Tangole road (above).

Upper Suru valley & Panikhar village as seen from the Panikhar - Tangole road (above).

The Nun-Kun massive as seen from the Panikhar - Tangole road (above).

Upper Suru valley & Panikhar village as seen from the Panikhar - Tangole road (above).

A wooden bridge over Suru River at Tangole village (above).

A view of glaciers feeding farmland around Tangole village (above).

A panoramic view of Upper Suru valley & villages of Panikhar and Tai Suru, as seen from the Tangole - Tai Suru road (above).

A panoramic view of Upper Suru valley & villages of Panikhar and Tai Suru, as seen from the Tangole - Tai Suru road (above).

Looking back at Parkachik Glacier along the Tangole - Tai Suru road (above).

Another panoramic view of Upper Suru valley & villages of Panikhar and Tai Suru, as seen from the Tangole - Tai Suru road (above). Beyond this is the Parkachik village and the views are of glaciers as one ascends to Rangdum beyond Parkachik.

This journey was a part of the road trip that I got to make from Srinagar to the Drang Drung Glacier via Kargil Town through my previous work, in July 2009. Click here to view and read the next part of this journey.

Comments

  1. No words of mine can do justice. Stunning. You are very lucky to have been there.

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  2. Oh! the Himalayas so scenic and peaceful from anywhere, the scenes are so inviting, but Kargil, a long way from south India,but one can dream of going there some day.Thank you for the beautiful photos. Malathi Pandurang.

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  3. What a beauty! There is so much greenery in Suru Valley.. so much a contrast from Zanskar..

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  4. lovely pictures, but any advice on where to stay, best time to visit?

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  5. awesome pix, any advice on where to stay? best time of the year to visit?

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  6. Hi Tara, there are a handful of accommodations set up by the J&K State tourism which are not very expensive and are very attractive location wise. I suggest you kindly visit the J&K Tourism website.

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