We’ve often spoke and heard about Leh, its scenic beauty and its adventures. But little do we get to read or hear about the other exceptionally beautiful places of Ladakh unless, of course, they are featured in movies. One of these unspoken of places in Ladakh is the Nubra Valley, which is at a distance of about 115 km from Leh.

The Road from Leh to Nubra

Khardungla, at a height of 18,380 feet above sea level, is the highest motorable road in the world

The road journey from Leh to Nubra Valley is extremely satisfying and enchanting. It goes via Khardungla Top, the highest motorable road in the world. Khardungla is at a height of 18,380 feet above sea level that gives you a fantastic view of the snow-covered peaks of Ladakh. The weather remains pretty cold and don’t be surprised if you experience snowfall even in the month of June!

What’s amazing is the BRO’s effort of keeping the Khardung Pass going despite extreme weather conditions. It snows, they immediately clean it, it rains, they immediately repair the damage and when there’s a landslide, they take no time in rebuilding. Cheers to the efforts of these hardworking men.

You must stop by the Shyok River on your way to Nubra Valley and relax

The journey also takes you through the Shyok River, flowing beautifully into the Nubra Valley, which is also home to the Nubra River. These rivers are fascinatingly clean and green. You must stop by the Shyok River on your way to Nubra Valley and relax.

Nubra’s Desert, Monastery and Double-Hump Camels

Nubra Valley has a vast expanse of desert land with white sand dunes

Nubra Valley has a vast expanse of desert land with white sand dunes and the rarely found double-hump camels. If you plan to stay the night in Hunder in the valley, you’ll be right where the sand dunes are.

Nubra Valley has the rarely found double-hump camel

A camel ride on these sand dunes is totally worth it. Sand dunes surrounded by mountain peaks make a combination you don’t really get to see a lot. Do spend some time and stay the night here as the guest houses don’t charge you much. The camps here are also not too expensive. You must enjoy a nice bonfire in this desert land.

A huge Buddha statue right in the middle of gigantic mountains is a spectacular sight in Diskit

Nubra Valley is also home to the extremely serene Diskit monastery. A huge Buddha statue right in the middle of gigantic mountains is a spectacular sight in Diskit, the capital of Nubra Valley. There’s also a hot water spring to see in Panamik, approximately 60 km from Hunder.

You won’t get phone signals in the Valley, unless you have a BSNL connection. That, I feel, is a perfect setting for a nice and calm holiday. The weather here is pleasantly cold.

The next time you’re in Leh, don’t forget to spend a couple of days in this magnificent cold desert. You can even bike your way to Nubra Valley.