Nubra means "green" the region has got best climate in Ladakh & land is most fertile also full of grains & fruits like apples & apricot. The chief crop is wheat ,barley, peas, millet, onion & buckwheat. Only opened for the tourists in 1994 The road to numbra valley passes through highest motorable road in the world at KHARDUNG LA ( 5602mts), the pass is always covered with snow & fog. it has also got the highest temple in the world which is known as JAI KHARDUNGLA BABA.
Nubra Valley Known as Ldumra (the valley of flowers) is situated in the north of Leh. The average altitude of the valley is about 10,000 ft. above the sea level.The main attraction in this area is the Bactarian Camels (Shaggy double hump Camel) around sand dunes, Diskit Monastery and Samstanling monastery
The major water source of the valley are Shyok & Nubra rivers.
The caramel brown hillside supports the Diskit gompa which is the oldest & biggest gompa of valley. It belongs to the Gelukpa Order. The gompa is 350 years old and was built by the disciple of Tsong Khapa. & houses 70 monks. Little above is the Larchung temple, which is the oldest structure. which has a huge statue of Tsong Khapa. The gompa also has Kangyu Lang (Book Room) and Tsangyu Lang (Store Room). It has got hundreds of original Tibetian and Mongolian texts which are wrapped in yellow and red silk. The roof-top of the gompa gives a spectacular view of Sumur towards the east and of the Kobet peak in the north.
This place is 7 kms from Diksit Monastery. It is a pretty village, the area has got a lot of sand dunes & wild camels. the gompa here has got small statue of buddha and some damaged frescoes.
Sumur is pretty and major village of the valley & is known for its monastery, the SAMTANLING GOMPA, inaugurated by Dalai lama in 1962 ,the gompa is home for 70 Gelukpa monks the structure of gompa is 150 years old and has got a large complex with seven temples.There are Huge statue of Shakyamuni accompanied by Maitreya and houses a fine collection of other idols, frescos and tangkhas(painted and embroidered scrolls).
This small village is famous for its hot springs which are meant to cure several ailments. A small walk from the village leads to 250 years old ENSA Gompa which has got old wall paintings & footprint of Tsong khapa, which were imprinted during his journey from Tibet to India in 14th century.
The road journey to Nubra valleyleads through the world highest motorable road, Khardungla La Pass which is at a height of 18380 ft above sea level and around 50 kms from Leh. After crossing the pass, you can have a view of Khardong village, Khalser and Deskit (the main villages of Nubra valley). The Deskit village offers Guest Houses and lower budget hotels. The Came safari can be organized from Deskit to Hunder village for 2 hours. Hundar village has a small monastery and is located on the ancient Silk Route- an experience to share.
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