My Last Summer Vacation To Nubra Valley, India
About Nubra Valley
Local communities once prospered on an extraordinary trans-Himalayan trade which originated with the Silk Road. It comprises of huge mountains, deep valleys and vast uninhabited hinterlands, most of Ladakh’s boundaries may look almost impenetrable on a map. But, for centuries great caravans of wool and cloth, opium, spices and skins, coral and turquoise, gold and indigo negotiated several routes and their hazardous passes mainly between Leh and Yarkand (in China). The already withering trade finally died in the late 1950s when China largely sealed its borders.
The low key tourism in Nubra did not allow it to prosper but as the numbers of tourists visiting Ladakh increased each year, they got more tempted to go the extra mile and come here.
What is more relevant to today’s visitor is the journey to Nubra. It is claimed to be the world’s highest motorable road.
All Nubra’s settlements have a fairly large home and a barley build for their cultivation. It is a remote village. A couple of ancient Buddhist monasteries can be found here.
Places of Interest
Diskit has become Nubra’s commercial centre, but it is still a small place. The main attraction here is DIKSIT GOMPA, or monastery, perched high above town on a craggy spur. You can drive up here but it’s a joy to walk among the mani walls (elongated, almost artfully arranged mounds of stones engraved with Buddhist prayers and mantras) and whitewashed chortens (dome-shaped monuments housing Buddhist relics).
There is a ruined watchtower from where you can get superb views of the Shyok Valley.
About 10km west of Diskit stands Hunder village. Camels can often be seen grazing on the dune-like landscape between the foot of the mountains and the braided Shyok River. The village is small but beautiful.
Other beautiful places are there too.
How To Reach Nubra Valley
Leh is the nearest airport. From Leh you can avail a bus or a taxi to reach Nubra Valley.
Jammu is the nearest railway station. One can board a bus or take a taxi to reach Leh. From Leh you can go to Nubra valley.
Nubra valley can be reached by road from the nearest point, that is Leh.
Where To Stay
HOTEL STEN DEL at DISKIT TOWN, NUBRA VALLEY:
It is a comfortable, clean and cozy hotel. Price range: Rs 2500-3000 for a double bedroom.
OLTHANG GUEST HOUSE:
It has clean rooms and bathrooms with a parking space. Price range: Rs 1000-1500 for a double bedroom.
SAND DUNES GUEST HOUSE:
It is a nice hotel where you will get good and cheap food as well. Price range: Rs 600-900 for a double bedroom.
YOURDUM GUEST HOUSE, HUNDER, NUBRA VALLEY:
Small but a comfortable hotel with a reasonable cost. Parking space is also available. Price range: Rs 700-1000 for a double bedroom.
If you want to stay close with nature and experience every corner of it, then visit Nubra Valley. The beauty of this place is mesmerising and the surrounding is pleasant and peaceful.