Sankoo: Ladakh’s Own Gulmarg

Located 42 km away from Kargil, the small township of Sankoo is known for its lush-green barley fields. It is situated in a bowl shaped valley. It is popularly called as ‘Ladakh’s Own Gulmarg’. It is one of the richest and flourishing villages in the valley of Ladakh.

Numerous villages are scattered all along Sankoo. Sankoo Tourism lets you explore the beauty of wild roses, myricarea, poplar, and willows. It is also caressed by two rivers, namely Nakpochu and Kartse. Situated in the Suru Valley, it is picturesque and serene village, surrounded by colourful rock formations and little villages scattered along.

Over the years, Sankoo has developed as a major picnic destination for tourists. The presence of the ancient shrine of Muslim scholar-saint, Sayed Mir Hashim makes it also a pilgrimage destination. This scholar is known for giving lessons in Islam to Buddhist ruler, Thi-Namgyal way back in the 16th century.

Following are the tourist attractions in Sankoo

Karpo-Khar Shrine

It is one of the important pilgrimage destinations in Jammu and Kashmir. Devotees from all parts of the country come to pay their respect to the shrine of Sayed Mir Hashim. This popular saint used to deliver lectures in Islam to the Buddhist ruler Thi-Namgyal who later converted into Islam.

Drang Drung Glacier

Located close to Sankoo, this picturesque glacier reveals the beauty of the snow capped mountains of Himalaya. The river which flows, revealing a blend of ice and snow is definitely going to trigger your idea of beauty. It is located 331 km away from Srinagar.

Tarsar Lake

It is popularly also called as ‘Tulian Lake’. The lake is surrounded by almost 890 feet high mountains on three sides. It is also known for surrounding thick pine vegetation. It is also famous for being a trekking spot in Jammu and Kashmir.

Excursions from Sankoo

Tourists can explore the Sankoo Travel Guide and opt for nearby locations such as Panikhar v(28 km), Drang Drung Glacier (42 km), Tarsar Lake (47 km), Kishtwar National park (47 km), Vishansar Lake (48 km), Krishnasar Lake (49 km) and Nichnai Pass (49 km).

When to Reach

The best time to take a Sankoo Trip is from April to September when the temperature is very comfortable.

How to Reach

The nearest airport to Sankoo is the Srinagar airport, which is well connected with flights from New Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru, Jammu and Aurangabad. Tourists coming through rail can reach the Jammu Tawi railway station and then hire a cab to reach Sankoo.

So get ready for some real adventure this season with Sankoo tourism.

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