Panikhar is located in the Suru valley by no means it is a large inhabited area. It’s one of the least visited place by the travellers. For years Panikhar has been traced as pass by town while going to Zanskar. It is a good atmospheric place to take a break from the continuous journey to Padum. For Panikhar is a very pirretuqse valley, with lush green trees, crops and the mighty Nun Kun rising atop. If you are a photographer than you shall be mesmerised with the portraits here. Panikhar is mainly occupied by Tibeto-Darad (the Muslims who converted there Buddhist faith around the middle of the 16th century).
One of the most beautiful regions of Ladakh, the Suru Valley forms the mainstay of Kargil district. Lying nestled along the north-eastern foothills of the Great Himalayan Wall, it extends from Kargil town, first southward for a length of about 75 Kms upto the expanse around Panikhar, thence eastward for another stretch of nearly 65 kms upto the foot of the Penzila watershed where the Suru River rises. With its extensive tracts of alluvial floor and verdant hillsides that are intensively cultivated by a zealously agrarian peasantry, the Suru Valley serves as ladakh's granary.