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A cold desert, Ladakh has stunning landscapes, snowcapped Himalayan ranges, green valleys and many indescribable vistas. And Nubra Valley, whose beauty is beyond compare is one of the must visit places in Ladakh. It is a tri-armed valley, known for its orchards, scenic vistas, Bactrian camels and monasteriesrom Leh. The valley sandwiched between Tibet and Kashmir, is located to the north east of Ladakh valley.
The Valley is among the sub-districts in Ladakh, having Diskit Village as the its headquarter. The average altitude of the valley is about 10,000 ft. i.e. 3048 metres above the sea level.
Nubra Valley is also known as the Orchard of Ladakh and was originally called Ldumra which meant the valley of flowers. Besides the chance to experience the natural beauty of Nubra , tourists can also see Buddhist monasteries dotting the landscape of Nubra. Ensa, Samstemling, Diskit and Hunder monastery are some famous Buddhist monasteries.
The other attractions in this area are the Bactarian Camels, a double-humped camel, which cannot see anywhere else in India and white sand dunes. The world’s second longest glacier outside the polar regions 'Siachen Glacier' lies to the north of the valley, the Sasser Pass and the famous Karakoram Pass lie to the northwest of the valley. Amidst this, the Nubra River, a tributary of the Shyok River, flows through the Nubra region, to form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and Karakorum Ranges. The Siachen Glacier melts into this river.
Since, it is near to the Line of Actual Control, one need to get Inner Line Permit to visit Nubra Valley. For this contact at DC office, Leh town. And all foreign nationals require a Protected Area Permit (PAP). The PAP, which costs Rs.600/- , specifies where tourist can visit and overnight.
The main attraction here is Khardung La pass from Leh town. The main road access to the valley, it is open throughout the year. Located at an average altitude of 10000 Feet or 3048 Mtrs, it is the highest motorable road in the world. The journey to this place itself is an adventure. Crossing beautiful Himalayas and the curves that will lead tourist closer to the valley. The Shyok river that flows with these mountains, the blue sky above etc creates a wonderful scene.
Along the Nubra or Siachan River lie the villages of Sumur, Kyagar (called Tiger by the Indian Army), Tirith, Panamik, Turtuk and many others.
The valley is also known for its fruits like apricots, apples and orange berries. In April month, one can see apricot flowers blooming all over Nubra Valley. Nubra is a major trade centre for woolen textiles made of Pashmina wool. There are shops selling Kashmiri and Tibetan artifacts. Nubra valley has several trekking sites, along the countryside.
September and early October season are the best time to visit Nubra Valley when colours are oozing out vividly all over Ladakh with clouds hovering like candies in the blue sky.
During winter, the whole valley looks like landscape of the moon and in summer full of greenery. In January to March, the Valley remains frozen with very few options to stay. But In April, some guest houses starts to open up but food does remain an issue in many guest houses. So, one have to rely on home stay options and home prepared food only.
Note: Since the vallery located at high altitude in altitude sickness may rise anytime. Drink plenty of water.
Sight Seeings in Nubra Valley