Nubra valley is a beautiful tourist destination located in Ladakh. Nubra is known for the Nubra and Shyok rivers that flow by the valley. Nubra valley is 140 kilometres away from Leh. Tourists who visit the valley get mesmerized by the beautiful views and divine monasteries that lead to lingering peace. Nubra valley receives maximum tourist footfall during the autumn season for its scenic beauty and motorable roads.
Nubra valley is located at 10,000 ft above the sea level and is now a militarized zone. Historically, the valley was a part of the famous trading Silk route that connected Tibet with Turkistan. Ldumra was the ancient name of the Nubra valley. Locals claim that Ldumra means ‘valley of flowers’. According to the history book and historians, Nubra valley was invaded by Mongolians, Chinese and Arabs in the 7th century. Later the place was influenced by Islamic traders/invaders and ultimately by the Buddhists.
Nubra valley is also known for its oldest and the largest monastery which is Diskit Monastery. Tourists have to take special permits to go ahead and explore the place and the permit requirements and the process is different for Indian and foreign tourists. Overall, the valley comprises enthralling deserts, mountains, landscapes, and Buddhist monasteries that together make this place worth visiting once in a lifetime.
Yarab Tso. Yarab Tso or Hidden Lake is an isolated lake located in Nubra valley. It takes 15-20 minutes of a walk-up on a mountain to reach the lake. The view of the valley and the surroundings is enough to rejuvenate your senses.
Panamik Village. The Panamik village is 140 kilometres away from Leh. This is the place where foreigners are also allowed to visit. The village is known for several hot springs that are rich in sulphur. Locals claim that a dip in hot springs can cure many diseases. The village also has a market that sells Kashmiri carpets, woollen clothes, Pashmina Shawls, and products like apricots, almonds, apples, and walnuts.
Maitreya Buddha. The Maitreya Buddha is a recently built statue that is facing towards the Shyok river. This 32-meter tall statue is a popular tourist attraction for visitors and Buddhist followers. The statue is located opposite the Diskit Monastery and is a popular destination in the valley among locals and tourists alike.
Mountain Bike Tour. Ladakh is a popular biking destination for biking enthusiasts from all over the country. The way to Nubra valley is something that travellers can traverse riding on their bikes and enjoy the beautiful scenery and high mountain ranges.
The Nubra Valley is best known for its magnificent snowfall spectacle during the months of October to February. But one must consider the fact that the weather is very cold during this time and temperature may dip to -4 Degree Celcius. Though visiting the Nubra Valley in winter months lets you enjoy the most but you can also consider visiting the valley between July to August as the climate is moderate during this time.
By Air. The Kushok Bakula Rimpochee airport of Leh is well-connected with all of the regions in India. You can take buses from the airport to the Nubra valley. The distance between Kushok Bakula Rimpochee airport to Nubra Valley is almost 150 km.
By Rail. Jammu Tawi railway station is the nearest railway station to reach Nubra Valley. From there, you can take buses and taxis towards Nubra Valley. The train station receives trains from all metropolitan cities of the country. Hapa Jammu Tawi Express, Durg Jammu Tawi Express, and Shri Shakti Express are a few popular trains on which seats can be reserved to travel to the valley.
By Road. The roadways infrastructure of Leh-Ladakh is well-designed and connects the region with other parts of India. There are regular bus services that are run by both private and government authorities to and from Ladakh. Tourists who are looking for cheaper travelling options can mull over this one. People can also visit Ladakh on their personal vehicles such as a car or a bike. Any which way you plan to come you have to cover nearly 1000, 2500, 2600, and 3300km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively.
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