Nubra Valley is
situated about 150 km
north of Leh, the capital town of Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India. The
common way to access this valley is to travel over the Khardung La from Leh
where one will first encounter the Shyok valley. To enter the Nubra valley,
one must cross over the Shyok river via a small bridge and pass through a
military checkpoint. An "Inner Line" permit is required to pass. The Nubra
valley contains the small towns of Sumur and Panamik. Sumur has a Buddhist
Gompa or monastery while Panamik is noted for its hot springs.
region passed into the administrative hands of Leh Nubra's ancient kings
ruled from a palace in in Charasa, toping an isolated hillock opposite
Summur home to the valley's principal monastery. Further up the Nubra River
the host springs of Panamik .
Valley unfolding beyond the worlds' highest stretch of motorable road as it
crosses the Khardung La can be visited with a seven day permit which gives
you enough time to explore the stark terrain and trek out to one or tow
gompas. The Valley's mountain beckbone looks east to the Nubra River
and west to the Shyok River which meet amid silver grey sand dunes and
To the north and east the mighty Karakoram Range markes the
Indian border with China and Pakistan. In the Valley its relatively mild
though dust storms are common whipping up sand and light debris in choking
clouds above the braod riverbeds.
There are two villages accessible
to foreigners in the Shyok valley - Disket and Hundar. Disket is home to a
busy and dramatically positioned Gompa. Hundar is one of those rare places
on earth where you can see in one place the splendid beauty of a desert with
bactrian camels (two-humped), sand dunes, rolling mountains and snow peaks.
Places of Interest (Visit
Leh is nested in a side valley just to the north of the Indus Valley.
Until 1947 it had close trading relations with Central Asia yak trains would
set off from the Leh Bazaar to complete the stages over the Kaakoam Pass to
Yarkand and Kashgar.
Administering the Valleys of Suru , Drass, Wakha and Bodkarbu, Kargil
lies midway between the alpine valleys of Kashmir and the fertile reaches of
the Indus Valley and ladakh
Thak Thok gompa
shelters a cave in which the apostle Padmasambhava is said to have meditated
during his epic eight-century journey to Tibet.
Dhahanu is situated to the south west of Leh,
around 163 Kms. passing through the beautiful villages of Kaltsey, Domkhar,
Padum is 240 km to the south of Kargil, comes as a bit of an anticlimax
Rangdum is an elliptical expanded plateau surrounded by colourful hills on
the one side and glacier encrusted rocky mountains on the other.
Walled in by the Great Himalayan Divide, Zanskar, literally " Land of
White Copper" has for decades exrted the allure of Shangri La on visitours
Zangla is the nodal point on the popular Padum Strongdey Zangla Karsha
Padum round trip, which covers most of the cultural sites of Zanskar.
The Suru Valley
Diving two of the world's most formidable mountain ranges, the Suru
Valley winds south from Kargil to the desolate Pensi La the main entry point
the Nubra valley - nubra means green used to be on the trading route
connection Tibet with Turkistan, Also Now as the Valley of Flowers
Drass (3230 m), 60 km west of Kargil on the road to Srinagar, is a small township lying in the centre of the valley of the same name
The Shyok River receives the waters of the Nubra and Changchenmo rivers. It rises from the Khumdang glacier, which can be approached from
Pangong Tso, 15km to the southeast of Leh, is one of the largest
saltwater lakes in Asia, a long narrow strip of water stretching from Ladakh
east into Tibet.
Tso Moriri or "Mountain Lake" is Famous for the large herds of
king, or wild ass, which graze on its shores, the lake of Tso Moriri.