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Tourist Places To Visit In Nubra Valley
Nubra Valley in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir is a fascinating place to visit and explore. One of the remotest corners of the country, the valley boasts of a beauty that is unparalleled. The snow capped sun kissed peaks of the towering mountains, the undulating landscape, the lush green cover, the stunning roads offering a mesmerising view of the surroundings on the way from Leh, all make Nubra Valley one of the most coveted destinations among tourists and trekkers. Let us take a quick look at the places to visit during a trip to Nubra Valley.
Panamik village is an amazing destination. The therapeutic hot springs, the Pashmina goats which are the source of the world famous Pashmina wool and the double humped bactarian camels have all contributed to lend Pamanik a character of its own. It is also the base camp for trekkers heading towards Ensa Gompa, which is 250 years old. To reach Panamik, tourists have travel via Khardung La Pass which remains open only during summer. The village is a picturesque little place and a must visit for tourists.
Yarab Tso Lake
This is a high altitude lake in Sumur Village, about 15 km from Diskit region. The lake can be reached only by trekking. This crystal clear lake is considered sacred and holy by the locals, and tourists are advised not to wash or swim here. The lake is set in a quaint and pretty area and is a treat to the eyes and soul.
The milky white monastery stands out amidst the barren, arid landscape of Nubra Valley. Founded by Changzem Tserab Zangpo in the 14th century, the monastery can be reached through a rugged road across a stream. The Tibetan architecture is a beauty and the statue of Cho Rinpoche or Crowned Buddha in the prayer hall is the major attraction. It belongs to the yellow sect of Buddhism and a sub-gompa of Thiksey Monastery.
The calm serene village of Sumur in Nubra Valley is a sheer gem of a place to visit. Samstanling Monastery is located in Sumur and is a beauty. The brightly coloured monastery is 45 km away from Sumur and about 120 km from Leh. Nestled amidst the picturesque surroundings, the monastery is a must visit destination for tourists.
The 32 meter high statue of Maitreya Buddha atop a hillock was constructed in 2006. This was built as a symbol of world peace, for protection of the Diskit Village and for prevention of war against Pakistan. The colourfully painted statue dominates the surroundings and blends beautifully with the picturesque landscape of Nubra Valley. There is a large hall preserving collection of statues and Buddhist literature.
Khardung La Pass
A visit to Leh and Ladakh without a visit to Khardung La Pass is incomplete. It is the highest motorable pass in the world and the gateway to Nubra and Shyok valleys. Located at an altitude of 5359 meters about 40 km from Leh, the Khardung La Pass is a beautiful place which allows tourists a fascinating view of the surroundings. The colourful prayer flags which adorn the place further adds to the charm.