In the north of Leh, Ladakh’s ‘capital’, there lies far-flung and austerely beautiful enclave cradled by rugged mountains. And this is the Nubra Valley. Nubra Valley is one of the MUST VISIT places in Ladakh especially if you are visiting for the first time. Nubra is a tri-armed valley located to the north east of Ladakh valley. It is located where the Shyok River meets the Siachan River to form a large valley separating the Ladakh and Karakoram Ranges.
The average altitude of the valley is about 10,000 ft. i.e. 3048 metres above the sea level. The common way to access this valley is to travel over the Khardung La pass from Leh town. Non-locals require an Inner Line Permit (obtainable in DC office, Leh town) to enter Nubra. Permit is not required anymore for Indian tourists (w.e.f May 1, 2014), though foreign tourists still require the permit.
Like the rest of the Tibetan Plateau, Nubra is a high altitude cold desert with rare precipitation and scant vegetation except along river beds. Traveling at a leisurely pace in Nubra Valley, going on long walks, strolling by the river and enjoying the sunsets in a rural setup are few of the best things to do here.
Nubra is a place ideal for people who are passionate about majestic landscapes, outdoors, rugged lofty ridges, spectacular snow peaked mountain, glacier melted rivers & streams etc.