Bill paid, travel permit forms filled, statutory safety briefing by Haq heard, we were on our way, to cover some 125 km of adventurous terrain from Leh to Hunder in the Nubra valley....
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Hunder Sand Dunes
Then we visited the 30metres Buddha statue near the monastery, lunched at one of the restaurants just outside the Monsatery. Carry some cash to buy some beautiful souvenirs from the Lama shop there. And, finally see some double hump or Bactrian camels. We were lucky enough to see the entire herd on whom our entire silk route depended and out of them one closed enough to get clicked...camera friendly guy!
Barren with a hint of greenery, the Hunder village is as mesmerising as the other places in Ladakh. Situated 160 km from Leh, in Nubra Valley, reaching Hunder is a little difficult for those who don't like mountainous roads. To reach Hunder, one has to cross Khardungla (which is considered to be the highest motorable pass in the world) and it's almost a 5 to 6 hour journey since the roads are a little tricky. The village itself has many homestays and resorts and it's very wise to spend a few days amidst the breathtaking beauty and serenity this small village has to offer. One of the major attractions of Hunder are the Bactrian (double-humped) camels, mostly spotted calmly grazing amidst the boundless sand dunes in the area! Thought the area around the village is quiet and isolated, the village itself is full of life and cheerful people. Do visit the Hundur Gompa, a Buddhist monastery located close to the Diskit monastery and one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh.
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