Nubra Valley Ladakh – High Altitude Desert of India

Nubra Valley is a remote yet never segregated place which catches enthusiasm of tourists and also a trekking goal.

Like other places of Ladakh, Nubra is a high height desert land with a lack of vegetation except for river banks. The old Silk Route goes through this valley. Dry land and high mountains through the sparkling river are difficult to discover somewhere else. Nobody would have speculated that sand dunes could exist at such a stature height. While you are visiting Nubra valley, marvellous Hunder sand dunes must not miss visiting.

It is the northern most part of Jammu and Kashmir which is situated 150 km from Leh. Nubra Valley is known as the Orchard of Ladakh and was initially called Ldumra which implied the valley of flowers.

Encompassed by snow-capped Himalayan extents, Nubra valley lies amongst Tibet and Kashmir. Pleasant and amazing scenic makes it heaven for the nature lover. Amid winter, the entire valley looks like the scene of the moon and in summer loaded with greenery.

Nubra Valley, Ladakh

Not just known for its orchards, scenic vistas, Bactrian camels which attract the visitors. The valley is transcendentally Buddhist and brags of a peaceful Buddhist learning. Ensa, Samstemling, Diskit and Hunder are well known Buddhist cloisters or monasteries.

Monasteries and Villages

One can visit peacefully amazing monasteries while driving to the Nubra Valley. One of such monastery is at Diskit village. It is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery in Nubra Valley consisting 106 feet tall Maitrey Buddha statue. The Lachung Temple is also one should visit which is quite close to the monastery.

Maitrey Buddha Statue, Diskit Nubra

Between Sumur and Kyagar villages, tourists can visit Samstanling monastery. Panamik village is famous for its hot water springs and a sacred Yarab Tso lake nearby the entrance of the village.

Turtuk is recently opened for tourists offering different culture and scenic landscapes from the rest Nubra Valley.

Samstanling monastery Nubra

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Suggested Tour : 5 Days - Ladakh Monasteries Tour

Other Attractions

Before getting to the Nubra valley, you have to go through the amazing Khardung La, the highest motorable pass in the world. Twisting channels of the Shyok and Nubra Rivers confuse the Nubra valley. The valley appears to be dry and dry from a distance but the valley predominantly comprises of farm lands. No big surprise then that the valley has achieved the name ‘Orchard of Ladakh’ and Nubra valley proving it rightly.

Khardung La Pass Ladakh

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The frosty for sake amongst Diskit and Hundur are another fascination for visitors after Nubra Valley. They throng the cool forsake to watch the sand ridges and for joy rides on the Bactrian camels. The Bactrian camel has two humps, rather than the single-bumped camels found in Rajasthan and different parts of India. They are the native to the steppes of central Asia. The Bactrian camels, discovered just in Hunder, were the only means of transportation in ancient trade routes with Central Asia and Ladakh was the main centre of trading.

Bactrian Camels Safari Nubra Ladakh

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Best Time to Visit Nubra Valley

The best time to visit is in the hotter summer months from June to August, which is the best time when you can enjoy the cold Himalaya Mountains that encompass Nubra Valley. The valley is a desert garden in a flawlessly devastate scene.

Today also, Nubra is a major trade centre for horticultural crops, Pashmina wool and woolen textiles. Moreover, it’s famous for producing fruits such as walnuts, apples, almonds, apricots, and staple crops like barley, wheat, etc.

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Travel Options:

1) By Air:

There is no direct air link to Nubra Valley. You'll need to fly till Leh and then drive to Nubra Valley which is approximately five-hour drive away.

2) Road/Self Drive:

This is an ideal approach to get to Nubra Valley. The valley is excellent. So you can stop where you need, take photographs, and enjoy your own time with Ladakh beauty. The only drive way to go towards Nubra Valley starts from Leh.

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