Nubra valley - cultural tour
Duration: 2-3 days
Distance: 440 km
Nubra valley is part of the old Silk Road to Central Asia. It is a beautiful region with ancient gompas, hot sulphur springs and Bactrian camels. The Karakoram mountain range and the valley combine fantastic desert landscapes and fertile fields.
Khardung La pass, at an elevation of 5602m above sea level, is the world’s highest motorable road connecting Leh to the Nubra valley. Its location is militarily strategic because it is close to the border with Pakistan and the Siachen glacier. On the way, you will see Himalayan marmots and grazing yaks.
It is the largest and oldest monastery in the Nubra valley. It was founded by Changzem Tserab Zangpo during the 14th century, a disciple of Tsong Khapa, founder of the Gelugpa order. The impressive statue of Maitreya Buddha that stands at a height of 32m was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in 2010.
Hunder sand dunes & Bactrian camels
About 10 km from Diskit is the high altitude cold desert of Hunder. The sand dunes surrounded by snowcapped rocky mountains are a perfect blend of serenity and wilderness. This desert is home to Bactrian camels, a reminder of the past when Hunder was a stopping-point along the Silk Road. A camel ride in this amazing landscape is an unforgettable experience.
Samstanling monastery in Sumur
It is the second largest monastery in the Nubra valley. It was built in the mid-19th century by Lama Tsultim Nima. The old and new prayer halls are intricately decorated with murals and paintings. The gompa is home to over 50 monks.
Panamik hot springs
Panamik village, situated close to the Siachen glacier, is known for its hot sulphur springs that are believed to have medicinal benefits.
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