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Nubra Valley

With splendid apricot-tree lined roads and the fascinating ancient Tibetan Balti-speaking people, Nubra Valley is Ladakh's best known secret. Requiring special permits to get here, Nubra Valley is also home to India's northernmost village – Turtuk, on the border to Pakistan. A must-visit for anyone in the region, cross the mighty Khardung La, ride through sand dunes of Hunder on two-humped Bactrian camels, visit the gigantic Maitreya Buddha statue in Diskit, stop for a while at the scenic Sumur village with its whitewashed house and so much more here at Nubra Valley.

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Things to do

Bonfire by the lake-Yes, the Pangong Tso looks beautiful throughout the day but is just as spectacular under the starlit sky. Chilly winds tend to have the night temperature drop rather drastically, and there's no better way to spend the evening than by a bonfire.

Leh Heritage Walk-A walk through the city, the heritage walk explores the corners and crevices, traces history and art across this ancient town with frequent stops to sample local flavour. Clearly the Namgyal dynasty's last holding before the Dogras took over in the 19th century, walk through the old city and old residences of ministers and artisans of the king.

Rafting-Zanskar-Essentially cut off from the rest of the world in winter (thanks largely to unreliable road access because of the weather), Zanskar is a huge must-visit if you're here in Summer. Rafting, anywhere in the world, is a super adrenaline-charged activity that nobody can get enough of. Rafting on the mighty Zanskar, however, takes this to a whole new level.

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Best time to visit June to September

Between late June and mid September, high snow-bound passes remain open and temperatures are pleasant enough for a couple of hours without a sweater.Expect regular snowfall intervals by the end of October right through to March.Winters, however, are harsh with most places inaccessible thanks to abundant snow.

How to reach

Air

  • Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (IXL) is the nearest airport located at a distance of 130 kilometre from Nubra. Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is well connected to Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar, Chandigarh and several other cities in India. From the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee airport, you can take a cab to reach your destination. Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is one of the highest airports located at an elevation 3256 m.

Rail

  • There is no railway station nearer to Nubra valley.

  • The closest railway station you will find is 825 kilometre from Nubra Valley in Pathankot Punjab. Pathankot railway stations is well connected with Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and many more. You can take a cab or bus to reach Nubra from Pathankot.

Road

  • Nubra valley is located 935 km from Srinagar on Leh Manali Highway. You can take a cab or bus to reach Nubra. You can also go for a bike trip to Nubra from Srinagar, Manali or Chandigarh. During winter seasons highways connecting Nubra valley (Leh-Manali Highway) are shut due to heavy snowfalls.

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