This Village In Suru Valley Is J&K's Best Kept Secret

Photo of This Village In Suru Valley Is J&K's Best Kept Secret by Footloose Dev

Ever encountered a kid running in excitement but scared while shouting “Angrez! Angrez!”, after seeing you? That’s how I was welcomed when I first visited the serene village of Parkachik last year. About 4 hours of bus ride from Kargil (80 kms) towards Zanskar, Parkachik lies on the corner of the Suru valley. A tiny village with a stunning view of Nun peak, the largest peak of Jammu Kashmir, makes up for a delightful memory.

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Inhabited by Shia’Islam followers of people from Dardi tribe, Parkachik has it’s own peaceful Islamic vibe. Watching young kids walking to school with their hijabs on will fill up your heart with joy. I happened to be there accidentally while traveling from Kargil to Zanskar. It was too late when I reached Parkachik so I had no choice but to stay. I somehow feel thankful for the treacherous road which makes your whole journey so slow that you get the chance to taste the best of Zanskar. I was so charmed by the village that I ended up staying for 3 days before I continued my journey to Zanskar.

Surrounded by meadows on one end and the Suru river on the other end overlooking the Nun peak, Parkachik gives your eyes a panoramic bliss.

Things To See & Do Around

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Parkachik Glacier

Parkachik glacier lies below the Nun and is one of the major highlights of Parkachik if you like hiking. It’s a humungous piece of ice slowly melting into the Suru river, looking nothing less than an ice-fall. You can hike up to the glacier after crossing the suspension bridge across the river following the well-trodden trail. There’s aren’t any signs or anything so if you are a bit sceptical of your geography skills you can ask a local from the village to be your guide.

Summit Nun Peak Base Camp

For serious hikers who want to summit the Nun peak or climbing the base camp, Parkachik is good place to start. You can also start from Tongole, which is 7km from Parkachik. It can take upto 3-4 days for the base camp and other sightings while it can almost take 11 days to summit the peak.

Photo of Parkachik by Footloose Dev

Bathing in the Hot Spring

Who doesn’t love a hot spring! Amidst the meadows lies a small spring. The temperature of the spring is warm and not particularly hot as usual. Taking a bath out in the nature above 3000m, overlooking the highest peak in Jammu & Kashmir, is a very satisfying experience.

Walking In The Meadows

The upper side of village hides the meadows on its backyard. It’s a beautiful feeling to walk across the meadows watching the cows grazing the grass and kids collecting water and taking it home with the pots on their head. If you are lucky you might get a chance to witness Red fox roaming around. If not, witnessing some cute faces and beautiful sights is assured.

Photo of This Village In Suru Valley Is J&K's Best Kept Secret by Footloose Dev
Photo of This Village In Suru Valley Is J&K's Best Kept Secret by Footloose Dev

Soaking In The Rural Beauty

Parkachik is one of the those rare places that introduces you to the unspoilt charms of the rural India. Just walk along the trails and explore the life having its own slow and a steady pace. A farmer collecting dry grass for the livestock. A group of kids playing in the field. All these so called sights from yesteryears are so true in Parkachik.

Photo of This Village In Suru Valley Is J&K's Best Kept Secret by Footloose Dev

Getting There

Parkachik is well connected with daily bus service from Kargil. A bus leaves every day at 11 AM from Kargil town (Confirm timings in Kargil town) and reaches Parkachik around 3 PM. The same bus goes back to Kargil, the next morning around 7 AM.

But nothing beats having your own car though, especially if you plan to go ahead to Zanskar. Parkachik doesn’t have a fixed daily travel source to Zanskar. May be things are changed now. But there’s a good probability of finding a shared-taxi to Zanskar early in the morning.

Kargil is well connected with buses from both Leh and Srinagar.

Photo of This Village In Suru Valley Is J&K's Best Kept Secret by Footloose Dev

Where To Stay

To stay in Parkachik, there’s nothing fancy available, but the Jammu & Kashmir tourism based Alpine Huts which gives a basic facility with an in-built restaurant. It’s right across the highway overlooking the beautiful Suru valley. The accommodation is fairly priced around 600 Rs for a night. There’s a small restaurant on the highway as well which can feed your taste buds. The food will be very basic in both the places. There’s no mobile network in Parkachik so you cannot book the accommodation online or call them.

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