Nubra Valley | India
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Nubra Valley is in Ladakh region of state of Jammu and Kashmir in India, and is accessed via the town of Leh.


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1 See 1.1 Diskit Village 1.2 Panamik 1.3 Turtuk 1.4 Itineraries The major attractions apart from the mountain scenery and Shyok river basin to this region are cold desert and bactrian camels of Hunder and hot water springs of Panamik. Yes, there is a desert with sand dunes around Diskit and Hunder which host bactrian camels who have two humps reminding us of old times when this region was a part of Silk Route to Central Asia. Shyok Valley. The area of the Shyok river past Hundar, including the three villages of Changmar, Bogdan and Turtuk, were only opened to foreign tourists in 2010, so they are still quite new in their contact with tourists and the West, and feel rather unexplored. Diskit Monastery Diskit Village Diskit Village is one of the main villages in Nubra famous for its apricot plantations and a 350 year-old monastery. Camels The road which leads to relatively smaller Hunder Village from Diskit winds through a stretch of desert sand dunes and its here where one can spot the famous double-humped Bactrian camels. Hunder Village, the last stop where tourists are allowed in Nubra Valley, is home to an ancient monastery which treasures old frescoes and a statue of Buddha. Samtanling Gompa in Sumur Village has a good collection of tangkhas, Buddha idols and frescoes. Panamik Panamik is a village approximately 150 km from Leh. It is quite a scenic village. The road to Panamik is well laid. People are friendly and helpful. The color of the trees during the months of Sep and Oct turns to yellowish red and is a treat to watch. The gentle Nubra enhance the charm. The mountains just rise from the valley as some child has made them of mud. Snow can be seen on the peaks. There is minimal public transport available in Panamik or nearby areas. Most people (tourists) have their own vehicles. There is some movement of trucks and military vehicles, which can be of help in times of need. Hot Water Spring. The village of Panamik is famous for its hot water sulphur springs. The hot springs are not that great with not very great amount of water oozing from mountain cervice at around 60-70 degree. Siachan Glacier Base Camp. The road from Panamik heads to Siachen Glacier Base Camp, but civilians are not allowed to visit there. Turtuk Turtuk is a remote village of about 4,000 residents, inhabited by ethnic Muslims, a few kilometres from the 'line of control' (the de facto border) between India and Pakistan, on the Indian side. Until 1971 a part of Baltistan, shared strong economic and cultural ties with Tibet. The residents speak Baltistani, and some Ladakhi and English. Turtuk is the penultimate village open to foreign tourists before Pakistan. You can go on for a few km to the village of Shaksey (with a single guesthouse). There is another village before the Line of Control, closed off to foreigners as of August 2012. Turtuk is on the edge of the Shyok Valley, in popular understanding a part of the Nubra Valley area. As such, foreign visitors will need an Inner Line Permit to visit Turtuk, as for anywhere else in Nubra. These permits are easily issued via any of the many travel agencies in Leh, or directly via the Magistrate Office in Leh. You will need your passport, passport copies and between ₹300-₹450. Before setting off to Turtuk or anywhere in the Shyok Valley, prepare at least three photocopies of the permit (more if you also plan to visit the Nubra Valley, e.g. Panamik), as the checkpoints you will encounter will usually ask you to deposit a photocopy with them. Turtuk is serviced by a local bus service from Leh a few times a week, and back. Enquire at the New Bus Stand in Leh for detailed schedule. It is a long and bumpy ride, although the road is well-paved almost all the way from Leh, apart from Khardung La, as of August 2012. Most people, however, opt to share a jeep for a 2-3 day trip to the entire valley, organized in Leh; this seems quite a short time to enjoy the beautiful village, however. Hitchhiking might be hard since there is very little traffic going on the Diskit-Turtuk road, apart from the multitude of military trucks and tourist jeeps. It can be very pleasant to motor-cycle or bicycle in here, but don't expect to buy any provisions on the ~90km way from Diskit. The actual village is on the plateau above the Shyok river, not the houses around the road. It can be extremely pleasurable to stroll around this picturesque village. The documentary film ‘Prayers Answered’ by Geleck Pasang, a former student of TCV school Ladakh and Bylakupee, documents a visit in August 2005 of the Tibetan leader Dalai Lama to Turtuk. Listed as the "most viewed" in the online 'Film festival - Humanity Explored’, organized by Culture Unplugged Studios. Itineraries Leh -> Diskit -> Hunder -> Panamik -> Leh is a possible itinerary with overnight stay at Diskit and Panamik.

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