The Suru River, a tributary of Indus River, is a river in the Kargil
district of Ladakh
region, in the Indian state of Jammu
The Suru River is a 185 kilometres (115 mi) long river, that originates from the Panzella glacier which lies at Pensi La
pass near the Drang Drung Glacier. The Drang Drung Glacier also gives rise to the Stod River which flows down in the opposite direction from the Suru. The source of the Suru River lies 142 kilometres (88 mi) south of Kargil town, and 79 kilometres (49 mi) north from Zanskar
, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir lies 331 kilometres (206 mi) to the west.
The river flows entirely within the jurisdiction of Kargil district. It flows through the towns of Tongul, Suru, Grantung, Goma and Kharul. Kargil town is the largest city situated on the banks of the Suru River, also being the second largest city in the Ladakh region after Leh
. A branch of the anicient Silk Road ran alongside the Suru River, connecting Kargil and Skardu. The road is now closed due to the Line of Control.
The Suru River has extensive possibilities for rafting and it is practised during the summer. The Suru Valley
is the starting point for rafting trips, and it also provides a base for mountaineering expeditions to the Nun Kun
mountain massif. The agriculture in Ladakh is scarce due to the dry climate, and is restricted to the river valleys. The Suru valley, formed by the catchment of the Suru River, receives irrigation through the canals of the Suru River. The main crops grown in the valley include barley, buckwheat, turnips and mustard.