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In the pre-historic era, when the royal Himalaya didn't come into existence, the place was a large sea, called the Tethys Sea. When Himalaya rose up from the sea, the scattered desert areas, full of Sand Dunes, also came into existence. Nubra Valley took its shape and became the unexploited heaven. The Leh to Nubra Valley, across the Khardungla Pass, is the highest motor able road. Adventures fanatics never miss the chance to drive across the legendary mountain road. Bike riders lovingly call it “Mecca of Riders”. Once you have reached the valley, there are so much to experience and enjoy. The Giant Chamba Statue or the Maitreyee Buddha statue, facing Pakistan, is like the symbol of the holiness of this valley. The Diskit Gompa of old Diskit area is another attraction for its unique Tibetan style architecture and tranquility. The entire valley is full of multiple old and esteemed Gompas. Hunder Gompa, Samstanling Gompa etc are celebrated among them. The Pon Khar Palace of Turtuk area was the palace of Prince Tang. The remaining parts of that palace are now few wooden columns and a museum. The descendants of that Royal family still lives there and happily tell the stories of their legacy to the visitors. Adjacent to Siachen Glacier, Panamik Village of Nubra valley is famed for its mythical hot springs. Nubra Valley trip cannot be accomplished without enjoying the Bactrian camel ride across the Sand Dunes at a very nominal price. Camping in Hunder areas is also worth experiencing.
Nubra Valley- The Pride of Leh
Riding across Khardung La Pass, on the way to Nubra Valley is every adventure loving bike riders dream. This motorable road is famous for being the highest of its kind. The scenic beauty, Flora and Fauna, roaming Yaks makes this journey unforgettable. Generally, bikers start their trip from Leh. Bikes can be rented temporarily.
Imagine a slow and wavy ride across the Sand Dunes and the majestic Himalaya is the backdrop. You will get the exact sensation if you choose the Bactrian camel ride in Hunder of Nubra Valley. The specialty of these camels is their double hump. You just have to pay Rs. 200 to enjoy this thrilling ride.
The famous Khardung La Pass has more to offer than the biking riding expedition. The vibrantly colored prayer flags against the snowy Himalayan peaks crafts a perfect painting-like landscape there. There is a small tea stall to enjoy the instant noodle on your way. A bicycle ride is also allowed in across this pass.
How to Get Tickets?
You need special permits to enter this valley. Foreign Travelers need Protected Area Permit and Indian tourists need Inner Line Permit.
How To Get Around?
To get around the best way is bike riding across the motorable roads of the valley. In the Sand Dunes area, you can choose camel rides. Trekking or hiking is another preferred option.
What Should I Wear?
The Valley is in colder part of India. You need proper winter wears, proper hiking shoe etc. If you are interested in biking then gloves, helmet and sunglasses are also suggested.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Nubra Valley is June to September. Comparatively March to May is less cold than at other times. That is also a good time to plan your trip.
Will I Need a Guide?
You need a guide to explore the entire valley. Because there are confusing and risky mountain rides. The historical buildings also need a guide to be explored properly.
How To Get There?
Kushok Bakula Rinpoche Airport is the nearest Airport, located in Leh. The nearest railway station is Jammu Twai. Nubra valley is well connected by road and can be easily accessed from Manali and Leh. Tourist often chooses bike riding to reach the destination.
Be prepared for sudden weather changes. You just have to Rs.200 for camel rides and Rs.50 to enjoy the local dance. Feeling light headedness is normal at this height, emergency camps are available for any support.