Places to Visit in Nubra Valley, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Nubra is a tri-armed valley situated in Leh District in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir towards the northeast of famous Ladakh valley and about 150 km away from Leh Town. Nubra Valley is positioned about 3048 meters from the mean level of sea. The best way to reach Nubra Valley is via the Leh Town. Tourists must have an inner line permit to enter Nubra Valley.
Shyok River divides Ladakh and Karakoram ranges by meeting with Nubra River. The surrounding regions of Nubra Valley are well suitable to grow agricultural crops like wheat, barley, peas, mustard, fruits and nuts. Nubra Valley is bound by Siachen Glacier in the north side, Sasser Pass and Karakoram Pass towards northwest side.
Diskit is the major town located near Nubra Valley houses several government offices along with private shops. Nubra Valley is well known for its 32 meters Maitreya Buddha Statue. Sumur, Kyagar, Tirith, Panamik and Turtuk are the major villages located near Nubra valley.
Cuisine, Shopping and culture in Nubra Valley:
Nubra Valley is populated with higher majority Buddhists of Nubra Skat speakers. Along with Nubra Skat, the natives also speak Balti Language. The people living in Nubra Valley look different and they have blue eyes, auburn hair and rosy cheeks.
Pashmina shawl is the famous handicraft item prepared by the locals of Nubra valley. Also few handicraft shops were opened in Nubra Region because of the huge and increasing demand from the tourists. Other than local item shops, Nubra region is gradually developing in its shopping sector and there are several modern shopping centres also started their operations to meet the requirement of visitors.
The food items of Nubra region are similar with Tibetan food. Thukpa, Tsampa, skyu and gurgur cha are the most favorite foods of the locals. The natives are the great lovers of non vegetarian foods along with vegetarian dishes.
How to reach Nubra Valley?
The people of Nubra Valley are highly dependable on private vehicle like Taxis, Cycle Rickshaws, Autos, Jeeps and their own vehicles like cars and bikes. Leh Town Bus Stand is the major bus stand located near Nubra and also one can board buses from other local bus terminals.
The distance between Nubra Valley and its nearest Leh Airport is about 126 km. There are ample numbers of private vehicles available to reach airport and railway station from Nubra Valley. The nearest Railway Station to Nubra is Jammu Tawi Railway Station situated about 650 km.
Top places to see in and around Nubra Valley:
Maitreya Buddha is the major landmark as well as the popular tourist attraction of Nubra Valley. It is placed at a height of 35 meters from the ground level. Maitreya Buddha is the major worship place of Buddhist religion and attracts pilgrims and tourists from Tibetan Country along with Indian states.
Panamik is a village situated about 149 km from Leh Town and is positioned at an elevation of 3184 meters. It is located on the edge of India- Tibet and famous for a hot water spring. Nubra river that passes near Panamik Village and the village has near proximity with several popular tourist attractions.
Ensa Gompa is an ancient monastery and is believed that it is more than 255 year old and placed near Village Panamik of Leh District and is good picnic spot visited by plenty of tourists from both India and Tibetan regions.
Yarab Tso Lake:
Yarab Tso Lake is one of the famous tourist attractions placed about 16 km from Nubra Valley. It is a holy river and the water of the lake is truly beautiful gives a great feel to tourists.
Lachung Temple is widely popular for its sculpture of Tsong-kha-pa. It has near proximity with Diksit Monastery.
Other tourist places near Nubra Valley are:
- Khardung La Pass
- Diskit Village
- Hundur Monastery
- Diskit Monastery
- Samstanling Monastery
Best time to visit Nubra Valley:
Between July and September is the ideal time to reach Nubra Valley because of its tourist friendly weather.
Accommodation options near Nubra Valley:
Nubra Valley is a paradise for tourists houses numerous stunning attractions and also hosts equal number of hotels and guest houses. The major guest houses and home stays situated in Nubra Valley are:
- Yarab Tso Hotel
- Silk Route Cottages
- Sand Dunes Guest House
- Hotel Rimo
- Nubra Sarai Camp
- Olthang Guest House
- Snow Leopard
- Olgok Guest House
- Goba Guest House
- Hotel Sten-Del
- Mystique Meadows Swiss Cottage Camp
- Nubra Ethnic Camp