Suru Valley, is a picturesque township surrounded with numerous villages and colorful rocky mountains all around. Lost in it’s essence is Sankoo, a quite little town that has been used for pit stops for year for people going to Random or Padum but with NotOnMap you can witness this quite little hamlet in its pristine vibrancy. Sankoo is 42 km south of Kargil located in a bowl-shaped valley drained by large tributary streams of the Suru River, the Kartse and the Nakpochu. As the richest flourishing and most verdant valley throughout the entire region of Laddakh, the village of Sankoo Valley is known as the Laddakh's own Gulmarg ('meadow of flowers').
Locally it 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.