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The Nubra Valley- the ancient treasure of India

Nubra valley enjoys amiable summers from March to May

Ladakh, May 03 (UITV): The Nubra Valley, once the trading route that connected eastern Tibet with Turkistan via the famous Karakoram Pass, is the most afresh opened area of Ladakh. Nubra invites you to a trip back in time into a nearly forgotten 'Shangri La'. With spectacular views and very pleasant congenial inhabitants, it is quite an experience.

The extraordinary vision of Nubra Valley is foremost traversed in the season in the months of July to September. The pleasant autumn season lets you relish the beautiful sight of the unexploited paradise. The divine region of Ladakh experiences exceedingly cold climate throughout the year. Summers here are the slightly less cold months of the year. Winters are extremely harsh with intolerable conditions. Nubra valley enjoys amiable summers from March to May. Winters envelop from November to February when temperatures drops as low as -4°C. No matter which month you select to visit, the climate is pleasant. Temperatures are low and woolens are necessary. Nights make the freezing time of the day as temperatures plunge drastically.

Tourist Attractions
Diskit is the management center of the Nubra Valley. It is snuggled on the edge of a desert on the Shyok-side valley, eight hours away, on the other side of the Khardong La (La means Pass). To reach this place one should carry along plenty of water, because the increase in height by over 2000 meters, can give anybody severe headache and nausea. The road is covered till south Pulu, a military check post, where the permits are examined and the details entered. This is an memorable trip that makes Indiana Jones look like a kindergarten excursion journey.
Surrounded by the exalted Himalayas, the definite smell of smoky kitchens, goats, chang (local brew) and butter tea and the fatal edge of the 100-meter sheer cliffs always closer than one really appreciates. One can spot various modes of transportation hundred meters below, at their final resting place.

Encircled by the ascending mountains of the Himalayas and superb views down the Leh valley, the thrill is restored by a feeling of maximum beauty. Snow lingers all year round on the mountains with prayer-flag topped peaks. A simply stunning experience indeed.

Descending into the valley, only the first few km are tricky. Soon, following a tuneful stream, one would come into a unexpectedly green landscape with rough stone formations rising up into the sky with the peaks in the background. They look like they have been streamed over with sugar. A real fairy tale landscape. As drastically as the landscape had changed from 'moon-land' on top of the Khardong La to a green oasis, one would enter a desert, easily comparable to the Thar in Rajasthan.

Diskit seems like a ghost town, an oasis of repose. An amusing day's walk brings one to Somoor, half way to Panamik. Army trucks are the only means of transportation in the valley.

A Ladakhi meal is served sitting around the massive black stove in the kitchen, the most important room in any Ladakhi house. It is the place to warm up on a freezing winter night, the place where the family meets, the homework is done and the prayers are said.

Tiger is only another three km towards Panamik. It makes an easy afternoon stroll, gasping the beauty and the quietness of the impressive, stimulating countryside. Coming across a local, one can be sure to be greeted with a warm smile and a joyful Julee.

The furthest place the permit allows one to visit in the valley is Panamik, the last settlement of any size before the Tibetan border. It's not very wise to proceed further than the provided barrier at the northern edge of the town since this is a rather sensitive border area. It is completely controlled by the Indian Army, usually with very friendly soldiers.

The 250 years old Ensa Gompa, snuggled on top of a rock overlooking snow-peaked mountains across the valley is much further away than it looks. It takes at least a six-hour walk to reach, which involves crossing the river at Hargam. The hot springs on the outskirts of Panamik invite one for a literally sizzling bath experience, which will most doubtlessly be the first contact with hot water since one leaves Leh.

The Nubra Valley is one of the last treasures of our planet, living in utter isolation for most of the year in the heart of the great Himalayas. A real Shangri La, with no 'Baywatch', no mobile phones and no Ray Ban sunglasses.