Nubra Valley

Nubra valley, a tri-armed valley towards the north east of Ladakh is 3048 meters above the sea level and is termed as heaven on earth. It is necessary for a tourist to acquire an Inner line permit for entering Nubra. The name, Nubra has been given to the region that consists of the valley of the rivers Nubra and Shayok, flowing above and below their merging point. The rivers Nubra and Shayok are the main water resources for the eastern and theĀ  western sides of the Saser sub-range of the Karakoram ranges. Enjoy camel rides around the place with scant vegetation while admiring the snow-clad mountain peaks.

Diskit town is the headquarters of the Nubra valley which offers almost all kinds of facilities. It has bazaar which has a single line of shops as well as a Gompa that is located on a rocky drive above the village offering an excellent view to the tourists.

The floor of the Nubra valley is covered with extremely thick thorny shrubs, that are used by the locals for the purpose of fuel as well as fencing. The villages that are situated around the valley are huge and flourishing, which have thick plantations of poplar and willow.


The valley is around 150 km north from the main town of Leh. The altitude of the valley is just a little less than what the altitude of Leh is. It falls somewhere between 10,000 ft that is 3,231 m at Hundar and 10,600 ft that is 3231 m at Panamik.

Best Time to Visit

As per the climatic conditions, the best time to visit Nubra valley is during the autumn season which is between the month of July to September.

Fairs and Festivals in Nubra Valley

One of the extremely popular prayer festivals of the Nubra Valley, is Dosmoche or Desmochhey festival. It is also known as the 'Festival of the Scapegoat' which is celebrated at the Diksit Monastery. This festival is also celebrated in Likir, Leh, in the month of February when the Khardon peak covered with snow. The locals gather at the Diksit Monastery for the celebration.

The masked dance performed by the Lamas dressed in a dramatic manner is the major attraction. It is an attraction of the victory of good over bad. The dance is also done to avoid any ill- fortune over the valley.

Tourist Attractions of Nubra Valley

Around the valley, there are several ancient Gompas and palaces which are famous tourist attractions. The nearby villages are a great way to enjoy the beautiful view of the valley while taking a stroll. Moreover, The 32- meters high statue of Maitreya Buddha is the landmark of the valley and a famous tourist attraction too.

Where to Stay

There are several guest houses which prove to be a comfortable accommodation option.

How to Reach

In order to reach Nubra valley, you have to pass through the Khardung La pass, the highest motorable road in the world. Another route, (opened in 2008), crosses Wari La from Sakti, towards the east of Khardung La, which connects to the main Nubra road system via Agham and Khalsar along the Shyok River. Along with this, if you want to use the air mode, then the nearest airport is in Leh.

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