A Virtual Tour of Nubra Valley

As with the rest of Ladakh, Nubra is known for its lovely landscape, adventure, its people and the culture. Here are some of the places in and around Nubra that are worth seeing. Literally meaning the valley of flowers, this scenic tourist spot can be reached from Leh through Khardung-la pass the highest motorable road in the world.

The Lakes of NubraThe Lakes of Nubra

There are 3 lakes that you can visit while on your trip to Turtuk. They are Pangong, Tsomoriri and the Tso Kar. Among them the Pangong Tso is the closet to Nubra. Pangong in situated about 14,000 feet and is the largest salt water lake in Asia. On your way you can stop by at the Shey and Thikse villages where you can get a glimpse of the yaks and the Pashmina sheep.

The best time to visit the lakes is between May and September. When you visit the Tsomoriri Lake make a stop at the Korzok monastery. The peculiarity of the lake is its changing color in response to the light. Tso Kar is a white salt lake that gives rise to the hot springs of Puga. You can enjoy the lake and camp at the nearby Thukje village.

Villages and Monasteries

Villages and Monasteries

Diskit is a small but famous town of the Nubra Valley. It is home to the Diskit monastery which maintains the 35 meter high statue of the Buddha which overlooks the Shyok River. The colorful statue stands out distinctly amid the mountainous landscape surrounding it.  In every sense Diskit is the capital of Nubra. The Bactrian camels that graze about in this town are a delight to watch. They graze on the sea buckthorn.

A relatively lesser known region of Ladakh is Turtuk. It is famous as the last frontier of India. Other villages in the valley are Sumur, Kyagar, Tirith and Panamik. Try out the Bactrian camel safari and experience the hot sulfur springs at Panamik.  Beyond this is the Tibet border which you cannot enter.

Culture and People of Nubra

Culture and People of Nubra

The people of Nubra are very hospitable and friendly. They welcome tourists whole heartedly since they live in isolation for most part of the year. This said it is a must for tourists to carry enough food and drink to last them through the trip because the people here cannot be too generous with their winter reserves. But do try out Chang, a traditional local brew of Nubra. Also get a taste of butter tea, a signature delicacy of this place. Carry some if you like.


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