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Shikha Gautam Jul 26 2013

What all is there to see on a road trip from Kargil to Padum?

Debangana Sen Jul 26 2013
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254-km journey from Kargil to Padum is demanding but the Suru Valley amply compensates with its stunning beauty. The valley, in its first half, is inhabited by Tibetan Dard Muslims who converted to Islam in the 15th century. A short detour off Sankoo lies the Bamiyan-style 7m-high rock carving of the Maitreya Buddha at the ancient village of Khartse Khar, evidence of the area’s Buddhist past. Until Panikhar, the best views are on the left. The twin peaks of Nun (23,408 ft) and Kun (23,405 ft) come up to the right.

Photo of Nun and Kun Mountains (courtesy of Sajith TS)

After Parkachik, the road winds around and you are looking into the mouth of the Gangri Glacier. The valley opens up, covered with soft grass. From Juldo onwards is Buddhist land, presided over by the 15th-century Rangdum Gompa. Now you climb continuously, to reach the apex at the Pensi La Pass at 14,600 ft. Descending, you are soon at the valley floor running west along the river Doda, past a series of idyllic villages. And then comes Padum, at the confluence of the Doda and the Tsarap.

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