Apart from the hot water springs, Panamik also offers amazing views of the nearby lush green valley and snow-clad peaks. You can also visit the Samstanling Monastery located in Summor valley. Besides this it is also a base for the 250-year old Ensa Monastery famous for it’s Buddhist murals. The main attraction in Panamik is also watching the Pashmina goats and two humps Bactrian camels.
This hamlet is famous for it’s Kashmiri and Tibetian artefacts. Kashmiri shawls, Pashmina shawls and woollen socks are some of the most bought items here. Horticulture products like apples, walnuts and almonds are also quite popular.
There are no hotels in this area. However, rest houses and homestays are popular options for stay. All of them are famous for providing piped water from the hot water springs.
Best time to visit
Due to extreme winters in the region, the Khardung La pass is closed and hence the valley is best visited during the months of July-September once the pass opens.
You can reach there via the Khardung La Pass by hiring a rented vehicle from Leh or other major places in Ladakh. A permit is required for travellers to visit and can be easily obtained from the District Magistrate’s office for a minimum of four travellers. If you are a solo or couple traveller then you can hire a taxi with a fixed fare from the local taxi union or travel in a local government bus. You can also travel there by contacting one of the local travel agencies who arrange for a Jeep to take you to different villages in Nubra Valley daily.
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