Nubra Valley is a mysterious place tucked up in the lap of the Himalayas that is filled with an enigmatic culture, mesmerizing valleys, double-humped camel rides, captivating sand dunes and challenging roads. The Shyok River meets the Nubra River in this mesmerizing village that separates the majestic Ladakh and Karakoram mountain ranges.
Nubra Valley is also known as a cold desert due to long stretches of Sand Dunes that offer a serene view between Hunder and Diskit. The rays of the sun bring life to the vast never-ending stretch of sand dunes, that proves you are at a high altitude cold desert.
If you are planning to visit Leh Ladakh, Nubra Valley is a must-see on your itinerary. In the current blog, I will be discussing how you can make the most of your visit to this surreal valley.
Nubra Valley: An Overview
Here's some handy information for Nubra Valley, that might help a first time traveller in planning a visit to Nubra valley.
Travelling to Nubra Valley
The most accessible and common route taken by travellers for Nubra Valley is via Khardung La. This happens to be the highest motorable pass in the world and has a different charm to it during early May. Although it is not too cold up here on clear days, one can suffer from sunburns when the sun is shining bright.
The distance between Nubra and Leh is 150 km and takes roughlt 5-6 hours.
Leave early for Nubra so you can enjoy a beautiful sunset from the sand dunes over barren mountains in Hunder. As the route has its own beauty and charm, you might want to take multiple haults for pictures, and need some extra time. Thus, leaving as early as possible after light breakfast is highly recommended.
How to reach from Leh to Nubra valley by Taxi?
Private taxis will charge you around 10000 INR or more for a 2 day trip to Nubra Valley. This will cover Dikshit and Hunder. If you wish to cover Panamik and Turtuk Villages, it will cost about 5000 INR over and above the previous cost.
How to reach from Leh to Nubra Valley by Bus
Nubra valley is fairly connected with Leh through public transport. For budget travellers, a bus is a great option to reach Nubra valley. You can take a direct bus from Leh to one of the locations and from there you can use the local bus or shared cabs to cover the others.
Tip: Do check the Bus timetable and chart at the Leh bus stand to confirm the timings as they are prone to changes.
Leh to Dikshit Bus Service
Three buses run from Leh to Dikshit every Saturday at about 6am from the bus stand in Leh. The same bus returns to Leh the next day.
Leh to Turtuk Bus Service
There is a direct bus from Leh to Turtuk. It runs every Saturday at 6.00 am from Leh bus stand. It returns to Leh the next day.
Leh to Hunder Bus Service
There is no direct bus to Hunder from Leh so you can take the bus to Skuru from Leh. It runs at 6 am from Leh, every Tuesday.
Accommodation Options in and around Nubra Valley
Nubra Valley ( Diskit and Hunder) can be visited in two days, and Pagnimik and Turtuk might require an extra night stay. The two main villages are Diskit and Hunder, where you can find guesthouse options that offer budget stay. They have well-maintained rooms and usually have a great view and small gardens to enjoy some quality time in the lap of the mountains.
As these two villages are only 11 km apart, taking accommodations in either village will not be a problem. During peak seasons, all guest houses are usually pre-booked. So, look up some good guesthouses online, contact the person in charge, and get your room booked beforehand. You might have to pay a small amount in advance for booking. This shouldn't be a problem as people here lead a simple life far away from deceit and fraud.
Places to Visit in and around Nubra Valley
There are four main villages that you should cover during your stay in Nubra Valley: