Nubra Valley, which was originally known as Ladumra, means 'Valley of Flowers', which is situated at an altitude of 10,000 feet above sea level. This region is known as the garden of Ladakh. During summer, tourists get a chance to see the pink and yellow wild roses that grow in the region. The history of this destination dates back to 7th century AD when Chinese, Mongolia and Arabs came here as invaders. Prior to Islam, Buddhism dominated the region. To reach the Nubra Valley, tourists would have to take the Khardung La Pass from Leh, which is the highest pass in the world.
A delightful place with greenery, surrounded by powerful mountains all around, where every color of gray is visible, the deep Nubra valley of Ladakh is nothing short of a miraculous repetition of nature. Nubra is a popular tourist destination, with its vast stretches of isolated, yet stunning, dry Nubra sand dunes, ancient ruins, and serene Buddhist monasteries. Located about 150 km from the city of Leh, the valley lies at the confluence of rivers called Rio Shyok and Siachen.
The unique Bactrian camels with two humps can be seen here, marking the cold desert, with swaying sand dunes. The Nubra Valley is also home to the famous Pashmina goat. Panamik village, situated near the Siachen Glacier, is a spectacular stop. Diskit Math, Yarab Tso Lake, Maitreya Buddha, Sambantlinga Monastery and Khardung La Pass are some of the other major attractions here.
Khardung La Pass, located around the Nubra Valley, is snow-covered throughout the year. For this reason, the Border Roads Organization has been given the responsibility of maintaining this pass. Panamik Village, Ensa Math, and Diskit Math are the main Nubra Valley sightseeing. Panamik village is situated at an altitude of 10,442 feet above sea level and is famous among tourists for a hot water spring which is situated on the outskirts of the place. Ansa Monastery, otherwise known as Ensa Gompa, is located in the vicinity of this village.
Diskit Math, 350 years old, is another major attraction which is considered to be one of the oldest and largest Buddhist monasteries of this destination.
This highway is one of the highest roads in the world, situated at an altitude of about 5,606 meters. It forms an amazing stretch of road from Leh to the Nubra Valley and is open only in the months of September and October. Driving on the highway is a great pleasure for any driver as they can feel the cool breeze flowing slowly through the middle of their hair, passing the breathtaking scenic views of the crooked mountains and amazing flora. Its desolation is so deep that while passing through the highway, one can hear the sound of silence. Foreigners are not allowed to visit this road without a special permit, as the Nubra Valley is located in a restricted area. The rest of the year, the road remains snow-covered on the northern side of the Nubra Valley.
How to reach Nubra Valley?
Travelers interested in exploring Nubra Valley can reach this destination via air, road, and train.
By Air: The nearest airport is the Bakula Rimpoche Airport in Leh. It is one of the highest commercial airports in the world.
By Road: The Nubra Valley is well connected to Leh and one has to pass through the Khardung La pass. A pass that is accessed by the world’s highest vehicle.
By Rail: Jammu Railway Station is the nearest railway station. Situated about 750 km away. It is also connected to other cities.
Best time to visit
The temperature of Nubra Valley is favorable during the summer season and tourists are advised to travel between the months of July to September. It is the perfect time to travel to the region and to take part in adventure activities.
Places to visit near Nubra Valley
Nubra Valley is one of the famous tourist destinations and is being thrived with numerous tourist places. People can visit Diskit, Turtuk, Panamic, Shyok Valley, Pangong Lake, etc.