Originally known as Ldumbra, which means “The Valley of Flowers”, Nubra Valley is popular for its picturesque topography, monasteries and endemic camels. It is situated in the northeast part of Jammu & Kashmir, and is about 150 km away from Leh, the capital of Ladakh district. Nubra Valley is formed as Shyok river meets Siachen river, separating Ladakh and Karakoram ranges. Although this valley is almost 10,000 feet above the sea level, it is a high altitude cold desert with a beautifully spread river flowing through it. This breathtaking valley is surrounded by snow-capped Himalayan ranges, and looks like a landscape of moon during the winters. In summer, the valley transforms its colours completely with fruit gardens, wheat, barley, and mustard fields, along with apricot and almond produce. Thus, the valley bears another title, “The Food Bowl Of Ladakh”.
Entry: Khardung La Pass in Leh is the most common access to Nubra Valley. Indian citizens need to have an Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit the valley. As Indian tourists, you only need to show your valid photo ID Nationality Proof at the Army check-posts. By Air: Kushok Bachula Rimpochee Airport in Leh is the closest airport to the valley, at a distance of 160 km. From Leh, you can hire a taxi or board a bus to reach the Nubra Valley. The Srinagar International Airport, at a distance of 590 km, is an alternative option. By Road: Nubra can be reached by private cars from Leh by first driving through the Khardung La Pass, and then to Khalsar. A few kilometers past Khalsar, the road gets divided into a Y-intersection; the road on the left leads to Diskit, while the road on the right leads to Panamik.