Tour starting at 17,599 INR per person for 6 pax
Known for its orchards, scenic vistas, Bactrian camels and monasteries; Nubra Valley is the northernmost part of Jammu and Kashmir. Situated about 150 km from Leh, Nubra Valley is known as the Orchard of Ladakh and was originally called Ldumra which meant the valley of flowers.
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Surrounded by snowcapped Himalayan ranges, Nubra valley lies sandwiched between Tibet and Kashmir. The view of the valley is picturesque and breathtaking. During winter, the whole valley looks like landscape of the moon (reason for calling Moonland) and in summer full of greenery.
To reach Nubra valley, you will have to cross the awe-inspiring Khardung La, the highest motorable pass in the world. Winding channels of the Shyok and Nubra Rivers crisscross the wide and flat Nubra valley. From a distance, the valley seems parched and dry. However, the valley mainly consists of prime farm land. No wonder then that the valley has earned the sobriquet Orchard of Ladakh.
It is not just scenic natural beauty of Nubra which attracts tourists. The valley is predominantly Buddhist and boasts of several centres of Buddhist learning. Ensa, Samstemling, Diskit and Hunder monastery are famous Buddhist monasteries.
The cold desert between Diskit and Hundur are another attraction for tourists. Tourists throng the cold desert to watch the sand dunes and for joyrides on the Bactrian camels. Native to the steppes of central Asia, the Bactrian camel has two humps, in contrast to the single-humped camels found in Rajasthan and other parts of India. The Bactrian camels, found only in Hunder, were the main mode of transport when Ladakh was an important stopover on the ancient trade routes with Central Asia.
Bactrian camels are a pointer to the regions importance since ancient times. A major stopover on the ancient Silk Route, Nubra is still important as it is a major trade centre for woolen textiles made of Pashmina wool and horticultural crops. Locals produce fruits like apples, walnuts, apricots, almonds and staple crops like wheat, barley, etc.
Itinerary 7 Nights | 8 Days
Arrive in Leh
Upon arrival at Leh Airport, you will be welcomed by Unplugged Life’s representative and transferred to your guesthouse, rest of the evening at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian “Silk Route”.
Fall in for a jaunt of exploration with beautiful stopovers like; Leh Palace – Shanti Stupa – Hall of Fame – Gurudwara Sri Pathar Sahib – Sangam
Leh – Khardung La (18,380 ft) – Nubra Valley (Diskit – Hunder)After breakfast drive to Nubra Valley, the road to the Nubra Valley goes through the highest motorable pass in the world, Khardung La Pass (18,380 ft). The Pass is almost permanently covered in fog and snow. On arrival, we first visit Esna monastery in Diskit that is over 250 years old. This is the oldest monastery in Nubra Valley. Later visit the sand dunes at Hunder, you can also enjoy a camel ride here (the camel ride is on direct payment basis). Later drive down to Hunder for an overnight stay at camp/guest house.
Nubra Valley (Hunder – Turtuk – Hunder)After an early breakfast you’ll drive towards Turtuk in Nubra Valley. Turtuk is a tiny village in Nubra Valley, set on the rocky banks of the Shyok River, inhabited primarily by ethnic muslim population. Turtuk is the last village before the LOC that is open to tourists. Even though the primary trade of Turtuk is agriculture, it can be seen that all around the village there are beautiful statues and intricate handicrafts made by the locals of the village. It is also one of the last towns in India to still have prominent Balti culture. The village is widely known for its apricot trees. Be sure to buy some apricots and try their authentic apricot based stew before heading back to Hunder for the night.
Nubra Valley (Hunder – Sumur) – Khardung La – LehAfter breakfast, check-out and visit Sumur, a picturesque village around 42 km’s from Hunder on the other side of the valley. The village of Sumur is famous and also an important stop since the holy monastery, Samstem Ling Gompa is located close to the village. The Samstem Ling Gompa other than its spiritual importance is also known for its frescos and gorgeous silk Thankas. From Sumur it’s a 110 km drive to Leh. Upon arrival, you’ll check-in at the guest house and will have the rest of evening to yourself.
Leh – Shey Palace – Thiksey Monastery – Chang La (17,590ft) – Tso PangongAfter an early breakfast, leave for Pangong Lake via the Chang-la pass, 3 rd highest motorable pass in the world (17,370 ft). On the way, we first stop at Shey Palace. The palace, mostly in ruins now, was built first in 1655. Later we visit Thiksey Monastery and continue our journey to Tso Pangong. Thiksey monastery is located at an altitude of 11,800 ft in the Indus Valley. Spend rest of the evening sightseeing around the lake. Later check into our resort/guest house.
Tso Pangong – Chang La – Rancho School – LehPost breakfast visit the lake and after spending some time we drive back to Leh. On our way back we visit Rancho School (The school in the movie 3 Idiots). Upon arrival at Leh, check-in at our guest house, remaining of the evening at leisure.
Depart Leh: Transfer to AirportIn the morning, transfer to the airport to board the flight to your onward destination.
Renowned for its curative hot springs, Panamik is situated close to Siachen glacier, the highest battlefield in the world. About 150 km from Leh, Panamik in the Nubra valley is known for its hot water spring.
Panamik is also important as it is the northernmost part of India where foreigners are allowed.
The Panamik hot water spring is situated at an elevation of 10442 ft above sea level. The spring water contains high amount of sulphur and it is believed best for curing rheumatism and other ailments.
Panamik is also the base for trek to Ensa Gompa. The 250-year-old Ensa gompa is popular for Buddhist murals and scriptures. The gompa overlooks snowcapped mountains and the Nubra Valley.
Despite the fact that Panamik doesn’t have any star hotels or resorts, the village is very popular with honeymooners.
Beautiful but remote, Hunder village sits like an oasis in the middle of cold desert in Nubra valley of Jammu and Kashmir. Seven km from Diskit which is known for its Buddhist monastery, Nubra has acquired fame for its sand dunes, the cold desert that surrounds it, Bactrian camels and its breath-taking natural beauty.
Situated close the Siachen glacier and Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir in north India, entry beyond Hunder village is barred as the area ahead is controlled by the Indian Army. Hunder is approximately 160 km from Leh and one has to cross Khardung La, the world’s highest motorable pass to reach the remote village.
Hunder is also famous for its Buddhist monastery known as Hundur gompa situated close to the Diskit monastery. It is one of the oldest monasteries of Nubra valley.
Festival of Hundur is a chance to see the ancient culture of Hunder people. It is celebrated jointly with Diskit monastery every year. Display of Cham dance and traditional arts and sports are the highpoint of the festival.
It is the administrative centre of Nubra Valley, located on the edge of cold desert in Shyok Valley. The 350-year-old Diskit Monastery is very popular. This place is a famous Buddhist monastery. The cold desert between Diskit and Hundur are another attraction for tourists.
How to Reach
By AirLeh is the nearest airport. From Leh, one can hire a taxi or board a bus to reach Nubra Valley. Srinagar is also a good option to reach Diskit. Flights connect Srinagar with Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Jammu, Leh and Dubai.
By TrainJammu is the nearest railway station. One can either hire a taxi or board a bus to reach Leh and then Diskit in Nubra valley.