Nubra Valley in Ladakh
From Leh a rough road runs north over the awesome Khardung La, the second highest motorable pass in the world. Even in summer, the crossing is crusted in permafrost and the Border Roads Organisation faces an ongoing battle to keep the pass open through winter and autumn. Beyond the pass is the wide, flat Nubra Valley, crisscrossed by the winding channels of the Shyok and Nubra Rivers.
The Nubra Valley, was on the trading route that connected eastern Tibet with Turkistan via the famous Karakoram Pass. At first glance, the valley seems parched and dry, but this is prime farming land by Ladakhi standards. Farmers grow apples, apricots and barley and harvest the orange berries of thetsestalulu (sea buckthorn bush). Dotted around the valley are ancient gompas and ruined palaces, and villages are close enough together to make this magnificent walking country. The Nubra Valley people are still living in complete isolation for most of the year from rest of the world in the heart of the great Himalayas. One of the attraction of the Nubra valley is Bactarian Camels (double hump Camel). These camels (natives of Central Asia’s Gobi desert)can be seen around sand dunes. These camels were left behind during the trade crossings of Central Asia.
Places of Interest
Diskit Village: Diskit is the main village of Nubra valley. Diskit has a 350 years old Diskit Gompa. It is the oldest and largest monastery in Nubra valley.The local bazaar at Diskit is the hub of activity in the Nubra valley.
Hunder Village- A sand dune route from Diskit takes you to Hunder village. Hunder has a monastery and offers amazing views of the mountains around. Bactrian camels are an attraction here. One can venture into the sand dunes riding these two humped camels.
Panamik Village:The last point in Nubra valley where a traveller is allowed in the picturesque Panamik village. It is famous for hot sulphur springs which is believed to cure aliments. One can go on a trek from here to reach Ensa gompa. Ensa gompa is a 250 years old monastery in Nubra valley.It has old wall paintings and footprints of Tsong- kha-pa.
Sumur Village: Sumur has a relatively new monastery, the Samstem Ling gompa. It was constructed in 1841. It has a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, Maitreya and Mahakala.
Nearest Airport : Leh Airport (175 km / 5 hrs)
Best time to visit and Climate :
the best time to visit Nubra Valley is during the Summer Months May - September. During the winter months Nubra remains cut off from the rest of Ladakh most of the time as Khardung La gets heavy snow fall.
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