The day you arrive in Ladakh, the first thing to do is to acclimatize yourself to conditions at such a high altitude. It is recommended not to venture out for sightseeing on your day of arrival. If you have breathing issues you must carry your medicines. If staying for a short period of time, it is better to hire a cab for sightseeing and not self-drive. If planning to stay for a month or so, then you can rent a bike or explore on your own vehicle. You will get helpline numbers on www.lahdclehpermit.in/helplines/
Inner Line Permits (ILP)
Permits are mandatory to explore some restricted areas in Ladakh. These permits to tourists are authorized by the Deputy Commissioner’s Office in Leh. It takes 24 hours to process your request after submitting your application. The validity of these permits is 3 weeks for Indian nationals. You can also apply for ILP online. For more info visit www.lahdclehpermit.in
You must keep at least 8 – 10 copies of your permits.
Check-out Leh; Check-in Nubra Valley
11:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Mode of Transport: Rent a cab, preferably an SUV or MUV, to cover the Leh-Nubra-Pangong-Leh circuit.
Reserve this day for travel. The distance between Leh and Nubra Valley is 120 km and there are a couple of check posts at South Pullu and North Pullu where you have to present your documents and submit permits. Permits and document verification take time. Hence the whole journey ends up being 5 – 6 hours.
Make sure to get your permits on time from the Deputy Commissioner’s Office in Leh and keep 8 – 10 copies of them. If applying online for permits, keep 8 – 10 copies of the receipt. For more info visit www.lahdclehpermit.in
Khardung La Pass lies on the way to Nubra Valley.
Nubra Valley is at a higher altitude than Leh, you should not exert and stretch your days. Check-in at your hotel at Nubra Valley and crash for rest of the day.
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A Cold Desert
08:00 AM – 01:00 PM
Diskit Gompa is the largest and the oldest monastery in Nubra Valley.
The monastery opens at 07:00 AM in the morning and again at 02:00 PM. The most attractive aspect of the structure of Diskit Gompa is the statue of Maitreya Buddha. The statue of Buddha can be spotted from some distance.
Time duration: 45 min – 1 hour
Nubra Valley is famous for its picturesque landscape of cold desert and Hunder Sand Dunes.
Hunder sand dunes is a place for photograph enthusiasts, nature lovers, and adventure and peace seekers. A ride on the back of a Bactrian camel in the cold desert is something you would cherish. There are a couple of spots where you can take part in ATV bike rides.
Time duration: 1.5 – 2 hours
There are local restaurants in Nubra Valley where you can take your meals. You won’t find any popular food joints.
An Oasis in the Cold Desert
02:00 PM – 06:00 PM
Post lunch, head towards Sumur Village, 45 km from Hunder Village.
Sumur Village is not frequently visited by tourists. En route to Sumur village you come across the confluence of Shyok and Nubra rivers.
Samstanglin Gompa is the prime attraction in Sumur Village.
Time duration: 3 – 4 hours
After this, return to your accommodation and call it a day.
09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
There are two villages that are almost 70 – 80 km from Nubra Valley and you must plan to visit pay a visit to at least one of them.
1. Turtuk Village
2. Panamik Village
Turtuk is the last settlement of India’s Ladakh. Beyond this marks the beginning of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). The border village has an intriguing history. The residents of Turtuk live in a house made of stones like the ancient era. You feel as if you have traveled back in time. Turtuk takes 2 hours to reach Nubra Valley.
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Panamik village is famous for its hot springs and also this is the last point where civilians are allowed. Beyond Panamik village begins Siachen base camp. Siachen glacier is the highest battlefield in the world. It takes 90 min to get here from Nubra Valley.