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Adventure Unlimited: The Four Incredible Valleys In Ladakh

Ladakh, a word which means "Land of passes", is a mountainous region in northwest Jammu & Kashmir, in North India and in the area known as Trans-Himalayas. A hill station and a cold desert, Ladakh is one of those places with unparallel beauty.”Little Tibet”, “Heaven of Adventures”, “The Moon-Land”, “Biker’s paradise”, are the phrases Ladakh is often associated with. The well preserved Tibetan culture is a main attraction in Ladakh along with its unique natural landscapes. Read on to learn more about the amazing treasure-trove of Ladakh…

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SURU VALLEY

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Suru valley is one of the most beautiful regions of Ladakh. It forms the mainstay of Kargil district. The land presents a spectacle of breathtaking features; snow-capped mountains, unparalled slopes draining into streams of clear water, large glaciers descending to the river-bed. Major tourist-destinations here are:

Panikhar

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Panikhar is one of the most scenic site of Suru valley. It lies at the border of the valley and is renowned for a ruined fort constructed by Zorawar Singh when he intended to conquer Tibet but failed.

Rangdum

Rangdum is a small town which is sparsely populated and is situated between Padum and Kargil. The landscape is spectacular due to the surrounding hill, pastures, streams and glaciers. It is an excellent site for trekking base-camps. Rangdum Gompa is also interesting place to visit.

Sankoo

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Sankoo is a picturesque town surrounded by few villages and vibrant rocky mountains. There is a dense plantation of poplar, willow and ‘sia’ or wild roses in this bowl-shaped valley.

Trespone

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Trespone village, spectacular and sprawling, is worth visiting. It has a quaint mixture of Islamic and Tibetan elements in its construction style. It’s a place where trading and making of ancient Scythan bow is still carried out by some families.

Penzella Pass

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Penzella pass is located at a height of about 4200m over Zanskar Range .It separates Zanskar Valley from Suru Valley. On either side of the pass there are camping grounds, used by migratory grazers, communities and travelers. One can enjoy a breathtaking view of the surrounding ranges and countryside from the mountain top.

Dara-Drung Glacier

Dara-Drung Glacier has speechless beauty. The glacier begins to make its appearance with the cool chill in the wind owing to its large ice-reserve. It is located at an elevation of 3500m above sea level and in indeed a feast to the eyes.

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