The Nubra Valley is popularly known for the orchards and the beautiful scenery. Offering monasteries and Bactrian camels, the valley was originally known as Ldumra, which means Valley of Flowers. The scenic valley lies perfectly between Tibet and Kashmir and exhibits some of the most picturesque views. The valley is not only popular for its outstanding beauty but also houses a number of Buddhist monasteries. Nubra is a subdivision and a tehsil in the Indian union territory of Ladakh. Its inhabited areas form a tri-armed valley cut by the Nubra and Shyok rivers. Its Tibetan name Ldumra means “the valley of flowers”.

Tourists riding Bactrian camels in Hundar

Sand Dunes of Nubra valley

The Nubra valley was open for tourists up to Hunder (the land of sand dunes) until 2010. The region beyond Hunder gives way to a greener region of Ladakh because of its lower altitude. The village of Turtuk which was unseen by tourists till 2010 is a virgin destination for people who seek peace and an interaction with a tribal community of Ladakh. The local tribe, Balti people, follows its age old customs in their lifestyle and speak a language which is just spoken and not written. For tourists Turtuk offers serene camping sites with environment friendly infrastructure.

Panamik is noted for its hot springs. Between Hundar and Diskit lie several kilometres of sand dunes, and (two-humped) Bactrian camels graze in the neighbouring “forests” of seabuckthorn. Non-locals are not allowed below Hundar village into the Balti area, as it is a border area.

Monasteries

Maitreya – 33 metre symbol of peace facing West. Nubra Valley
The 32 metre Maitreya Buddha statue is the landmark of Nubra and is maintained by the Diskit Monastery. On the Shyok (pronounced Shayok) River, the main village, Diskit, is home to the dramatically positioned Diskit Monastery which is built in 1420 AD. Hundar was the capital of the erstwhile Nubra kingdom in the 17th century, and is home to the Chamba Gompa.

Ganden Sumtseling Monastery is between Kyagar and Sumur villages. Across the Nubra or Siachan River at Panamik, is the isolated Ensa Gompa near Warisfistan village.

Flora and fauna

The valley is famous for its forest of Hippophae shrub, popularly known as Leh Berry. It is within this shrub forest that one can spot the white-browed tit-warbler. One can also spot the Tibetan lark, Hume’s short-toed lark, and Hume’s whitethroat. The various water birds like ruddy shelduck, garganey, northern pintail, and mallard can be observed on several small water bodies scattered along the route. Besides these, waders like black-tailed godwit, common sandpiper, common greenshank, common redshank, green sandpiper, and ruff can be spotted in Nubra.

Location: Northeast of Ladakh valley

Distance From The City Center: 136 kms