Nubra valley - The grandiose Y-shaped Nubra Valley gives ways to rocky boulders and snow-clad mountains of Ladakh and Karakoram ranges that welcome every visitor with their arms wide open.
Just imagine a unique way to enrich your destiny… camping in an oasis under the stargazed sky, moonlight wine and dine and cool breeze bringing forth an intimacy! Nubra fulfills your desire.
Started from Leh around 7 AM early morning; Reached Khardung La, the Highest Motorable Road in the world of about 18380 Feet pass by 10 AM.
Leh is at an elevation of approx. 11,500 feet. And Khardung La is at 18,500 feet. The distance between the two places is just 40 kms. So, you gain an immense amount of altitude in a very short span of time - the fastest way to get altitude sickness!
The view is breathtaking and the air just keeps getting thinner and thinner. The roads are pretty decent till South Pullu, but after that its the highway to hell
Some Snaps at Khardung La Pass
After Khardung La, the road is really tough to drive and the time we are traveled, there was heavy snowfall and saw many motorists slipping down with thier Bikes on the snow.. That was scary!!
This video will explain, how difficult the road is.
Reached Diskit - headquarters of the Nubra Valley, 150 km from Leh. The town is dominated by the huge 14th century monastery which is the oldest and largest in the valley.
Few Snaps on the way to Diskit town.
Beautiful Mirror Image of the Karakoram ranges.
Once you enter the town, the serenity of the place will surely win your hearts.
Diskit Monastery - One of the largest and ancient Buddhist peace-houses in Ladakh. Built in 1420 AD,the Gompa is placed on a hilltop and belongs to Yellow Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism. One can capture the beautiful views of Karakoram Range from the monastery.
One can capture the beautiful views of Karakoram Range from the monastery.
But the main attraction of Diskit Gompa is the 32 meter high statue of Maitreya Buddha placed on a small hillock close to the Gompa. The statue overlooks the valley, facing down the Shyok River and is a striking example of skilled craftsmanship.
The scenic Nubra Valley alongside Shyok River…this section of the valley is very different from the greenery of the Nubra side.
Hunder is a beautiful town, about 7 km away from Diskit. It was the capital of the erstwhile Nubra kingdom in the 17th century.
Between Diskit and Hunder lie several kilometres of massive white sand dunes that glisten in the sun, reminding you that you are in a high altitude desert.
Magical sand dunes of Hunder…
Double-humped Bactrian camel - used to travel the Silk Route into China and Central Asia. Now they give tourists joy rides up and down the dunes…
Camel ride in Sand dunes. Don't miss this fun ride!
360 degrees view of Sand dunes!!
Stayed in Nubra overnight and started our journey to Leh by morning 7 AM. The road was scary and there was heavy snowfall during that time.\
My wife had some fun-time with Snow nearby Khardung La, in return.
So, It took around 7 hours to reach Leh. Scary yet breathtaking views of Snowfall, on the way back to Leh.