Location of Sankoo
Sankoo is 42 kilometres south of Kargil located in a bowl-shaped valley drained by large tributary streams of the Suru River, Kartse River and Nakpochu River.
Climate of Sankoo
Sankoo has the pleasant summers and the thorny winters. The summers are warm in Sankoo but the winters are extremely cold and harsh. The temperatures are most comfortable April and September.
As the richest flourishing and most verdant valley throughout the entire region of Laddakh, the village of Sankoo Valley is known as the Ladakh's own Gulmarg or the meadow of flowers.
Township of Sankoo
Sankoo is a township with a small bazaar (42 km south of Kargil) and numerous villages around. Dense plantations of poplars, willows, myricarea and wild roses fill the bowl shaped valley, giving it the ambience of a man-made forest tucked within the mountain ramparts. The two side valleys drained by large tributary streams of the Suru river, the Kartse flowing from the east and the Nakpochu descending from the west, open up on either side of the expanse. It is a picturesque township surrounded with numerous villages and colourful Rocky Mountains all around.
Tourism in Sankoo
Sankoo is very popular among local picnickers and the bikers who throng the area from Kargil town and other places. Locally Sankoo is also popular as a place of pilgrimage to the ancient shrine of a Muslim scholar-saint, Sayed Mir Hashim, who was specially invited from Kashmir for imparting religious teachings of the region's Buddhist ruler, Thi-Namgyal of the Suru principality, following his conversion to Islam during the '16th century. The shrine is situated in the village of Karpo-Kharon the outskirts of Sankoo where the Chief had his summer palace.
The best time to visit Sankoo is from April to September.
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