Nubra valley is an unexplored gem of Ladakh. Nestled between the meditating mountains some of which are perpetually covered in snow, it has many things for adventure seekers like you.
Here’s a list of 5 top things to do and see in Nubra valley.
1. Take a dip in the hot springs of Panamik
Panamik is a small village in the valley famous for its hot springs. It’s very close to the world’s highest battlefield which is Siachen glacier. Panamik is at an altitude of 3183 meters. Locals, as well as tourists, take a dig in them in hopes of getting rid of their diseases. With a high amount of Sulphur, which is a chemical compound known for its antiseptic properties, the springs thus hold a special space in Nubra.
Panamik is 150 km far from main Leh market. And you would require an inner-line-permit to travel there, which is easy to obtain.
2. Trek to Yarab Tso Lake
Yarab Tso Lake is close to Panamik Lake. When you’ll trek on the demanding and challenging trail that leads to this lake, you’ll be rewarded with a life-changing experience. You’ll breathe in the fresh air, find peace within by looking at the towering mountains that surround this place, and be one with nature when you see the crystal clear water of Yarab Tso Lake. Locals believe it to be a sacred place. Hidden in the high altitude of suamer village, trekking is the only way to arrive there.
3. Visit 106 feet long Buddha
Diskit Monastery sits on the edge of an ascending, jagged mountain base. A huge 106 feet long Buddha statue overlooks Shyok River. This is the main tourist attraction. Once you’re done with exploring this monastery, don’t forget to visit the nearby Hundar village. During winter, locals celebrate a festival called ‘Dhosmochhe’. This festival is famous among the foreigners who visit this place in winter, to celebrate Dhosmochhe.
4. Enjoy a Bactrian Camel ride
Hundar village has one the top cold deserts of the world. Bactrian camel ride or camel safari in nubra is famous in India. You can hop on a two-humped Bactrian camel and explore the sand dunes where they offer a contrast between a cold and dry surrounding and a backdrop of glaciers abundant with water.
5. Drive on the “World’s top motorable pass”
Khardung La pass is touted to be the world’s top motorable pass by Border Road Organization. With an elevation of more than 17,000 feet, the pass is mostly covered in snow. It has strategic importance for India since it serves as a route of supplies to the Indian army stationed at Siachen.
The best time to visit Nubra is between May to September. It’s around 150 km far from Leh which is 5 to 6-hour drive from the main Leh market. An inner line permit is required to travel to Nubra. You can obtain it by applying at the tourism office Leh. However, it would be easier to obtain it with the help of a local travel agency.
Nubra valley is a beautiful place to visit. It’s among the famous tourist attractions. If you’re looking for a bizarre experience, Nubra valley can be a better place. It’s home to one of the highest coldest deserts in the world. The Hundar village in this area will treat you to mouthfuls of local cuisines. And when you have enough of those, you can try riding the double-humped Bactrian camel. Then there’s Turtuk village that sits near the LOC and shares its Baltic roots with the residents on the other side. Travelers who visit this place take relentless memories of apricot based stew and friendly Baltis.