Nubra Valley

The name, Nubra has been given to the region that consists of the valley of the rivers Nubra and Shayok, flowing above and below their merging point. The rivers Nubra and Shayok are the main water resources for the eastern and the western sides of the Saser sub-range of the Karakoram ranges. Enjoy camel rides around the place with scant vegetation while admiring the snow-clad mountain peaks. Diskit town is the headquarters of the Nubra valley which offers almost all kinds of facilities. It has bazaar which has a single line of shops as well as a Gompa that is located on a rocky drive above the village offering an excellent view to the tourists. The floor of the Nubra valley is covered with extremely thick thorny shrubs, that are used by the locals for the purpose of fuel as well as fencing. The villages that are situated around the valley are huge and flourishing, which have thick plantations of poplar and willow.

One of the extremely popular prayer festivals of the Nubra Valley, is Dosmoche or Desmochhey festival. It is also known as the 'Festival of the Scapegoat' which is celebrated at the Diksit Monastery. This festival is also celebrated in Likir, Leh, in the month of February when the Khardon peak covered with snow. The locals gather at the Diksit Monastery for the celebration. The masked dance performed by the Lamas dressed in a dramatic manner is the major attraction. It is an attraction of the victory of good over bad. The dance is also done to avoid any ill- fortune over the valleyIn order to reach Nubra valley, you have to pass through the Khardung La pass, the highest motorable road in the world. Another route, (opened in 2008), crosses Wari La from Sakti, towards the east of Khardung La, which connects to the main Nubra road system via Agham and Khalsar along the Shyok River. Along with this, if you want to use the air mode, then the nearest airport is in Leh..