Valley is a 500 square mile
valley in Salt Lake County in the north-central
portion of the U.S. state of Utah. It contains Salt Lake City and many of
its suburbs, notably West Valley City, Sandy, and West Jordan; its total
population is 948,172 as of 2005.
The valley is surrounded in every direction except the nrthwest by steep
mountains that at some points rise 7,100 ft from the valley floor's base
elevation. It lies nearly encircled by the Wasatch Mountains on the east,
the Oquirrh Mountains on the west, Traverse Ridge to the south and the Great
Salt Lake on the northwest, with the peaks of Antelope Island visible.
Every entrance into the valley is extremely narrow and often congested. They
include the Point of the Mountain to the south via the Jordan Narrows, a gap
in the Traverse Mountains, narrow entrances between the Great Salt Lake and Oquirrh Mountains to the northwest and the Great Salt Lake and the Wasatch
Mountains to the north, and several canyons to the east including Parley's
Canyon and Emigration Canyon.
The Jordan River runs north through the valley between Utah Lake and the
Great Salt Lake bisecting the valley, and along with numerous mountain
streams and reservoirs, provides irrigation water to the rapidly-growing
valley. The only areas that have not been urbanized are near the Great Salt
Lake (prevented by frequent flooding) and in the far west and mid-southwest
parts of the valley, although even those areas are beginning to experience
the effects of the Salt Lake City urban area's rapid expansion
Places of Interest (Visit
Leh is nested in a side valley just to the north of the Indus Valley.
Until 1947 it had close trading relations with Central Asia yak trains would
set off from the Leh Bazaar to complete the stages over the Kaakoam Pass to
Yarkand and Kashgar.
Administering the Valleys of Suru , Drass, Wakha and Bodkarbu, Kargil
lies midway between the alpine valleys of Kashmir and the fertile reaches of
the Indus Valley and ladakh
Thak Thok gompa
shelters a cave in which the apostle Padmasambhava is said to have meditated
during his epic eight-century journey to Tibet.
Walled in by the Great Himalayan Divide, Zanskar, literally " Land of
White Copper" has for decades exrted the allure of Shangri La on visitours
Zangla is the nodal point on the popular Padum Strongdey Zangla Karsha
Padum round trip, which covers most of the cultural sites of Zanskar.
The Suru Valley
Diving two of the world's most formidable mountain ranges, the Suru
Valley winds south from Kargil to the desolate Pensi La the main entry point
the Nubra valley - nubra means green used to be on the trading route
connection Tibet with Turkistan, Also Now as the Valley of Flowers
Drass (3230 m), 60 km west of Kargil on the road to Srinagar, is a small township lying in the centre of the valley of the same name
The Shyok River receives the waters of the Nubra and Changchenmo rivers. It rises from the Khumdang glacier, which can be approached from
Pangong Tso, 15km to the southeast of Leh, is one of the largest
saltwater lakes in Asia, a long narrow strip of water stretching from Ladakh
east into Tibet.
Tso Moriri or "Mountain Lake" is Famous for the large herds of
king, or wild ass, which graze on its shores, the lake of Tso Moriri.