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Nubra Valley - The Valley of Flowers

The name Nubra originates from Ldumra which means 'valley of flowers'. The Nubra Valley is situated nearly 10000 ft above from the sea level and a pride of Siachen belt. Diskit is the capital, which is around 150 km north from Leh. Best known as the orchard of Ladakh, Nubra Valley is ideal to visit during summer as tourists can get a chance to experience the majestic sight of the pink and yellow roses bloomed across the region.

Though, apparently the place looks rugged and dry but here farming is pretty strong compared to other places in Ladakh. The farmers grow apricots, barley, apples etc here. The Khardong village, Khalser and Deskit are the chief villages of this region.


The history of Nubra Valley dates back to the 7th century AD, starting with the Mongolian, Chinese and Arab invasion. In fact, before the Islamic dominion, Buddhism was the primary religion here. Presently the land is completely isolated, peppered with some obnoxious geo-political frenzy of the neighborhood and the country has made the place lonelier. Still some strong hearts show the dexterity to visit one of the heavens on earth, withstanding all odds.


Diskit is the capital of the Valley and has the largest and the oldest Buddhist monastery which is around 350 years old. Here travelers will find a nearly 106 ft tall Maitery Buddha statue. There is one Lachung Temple nearby.

This village is situated at a height of 10,442 ft from the sea level and is famed for having the hot water spring on the outskirts of the hamlet, the sacred Yarab Tso Lake, the Ensa Monastery also known as Esna Gompa.

The place is famous for the sand dunes and the double humped camels. Tourists can’t afford to miss out the camel safari at Hunder.

The Khardung La Pass
The highest pass of the world is always remained covered with snow throughout the year. The Border Roads Organization is liable to take complete responsibility for the maintenance of this important road (pass).

Located in the middle of Sumur and Kyagar tourists can visit Samstanling monastery.

This place is recently opened for tourism in 2010. With a much different nature, culture and ambience than the rest of the Nubra Valley, the destination is perfect for a romantic getaway in a serene locale of the Karakorum Range. This is a must visit.

Best time to visit Nubra Valley

Though, Nubra Valley is an all season destination, but tourists are suggested to visit the place between July and September.

How to reach Nubra Valley ?

Leh is the nearest airport, while Jammu Railway Station is the nearest rail stop.

Buses to/from Leh connect the capital of Nubra - Diskit & sometimes Turtok as well as Sumur. Shared taxis can be a smart choice that will cost around INR 4000 approx and can reach in 4-5 hours. For the whole vehicle, it will cost from Diskit-Turtok-Diskit day-trip INR 3700 | Diskit-Sumur one way INR1000.