Arguably one of the most beautiful and scenic valleys in the Ladakh 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.
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.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN SURU VALLEY
There are no hotels in the Suru Valley but you can stay in camps and tents near the Rangdum monastery. You can stay in Kargil which has a few budget and mid-range hotels. As Kargil is an important stopover during the journey to Ladakh, booking hotel rooms in advance is advisable.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN SURU VALLEY
There are no eateries in Suru Valley so carry ample food along with you keeping in mind the duration of your stay.
BEST TIME TO VISIT SURU VALLEY
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Suru Valley is as given below. The best time to visit Suru Valley is also specified.