Nubra is a tri-armed valley located to the north east of Ladakh valley. Diskit the capital of Nubra is about 150 km north from Leh town, the capital of Ladakh district, India. Local scholars say that its original name was Ldumra (the valley of flowers). The Shyok River meets the Nubra or Siachan River to form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and Karakoram Ranges. The Shyok river is a tributary of the Indus river. 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. Foreign nationals are required to get a Protected area permit to visit the Nubra Valley. Since 1st May 2014 Indian citizens are no longer required to get an Inner Line Permit to visit the valley.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step !
To the northwest of Nubra valley, lies The Sasser Pass and the famous Karakoram Pass of the 'Silk Route' fame which connect Nubra with Xinjiang. Panamik village is the last settlement in the northern end of in Nubra valley is open to tourists. Nubra valley has a lot to offer and is as a must do for everyone who travels to Leh It has been identified as a tourist circuit by the local administration of Leh district.
The history of this valley dates back to 7th century A.D. during the invasion of Arabs, Chinese and Mughals. Known as the orchard of Ladakh, Nubra Valley is the largest farm land of the region. The best time to visit Nubra Valley is from July to September considering that there is no snow fall. Nubra Valley is almost 150 kms from Ladakh and tourist can reach Nubra Valley from Leh through the Khadung La Pass. Most of the villages around this valley are at walking distance from each other and thus Nubra Valley is also referred to as ‘The Walking Country’.
Desmochhey or Dosmoche Desmochhey is celebrated in the month of February at the Diskit Village by Lamas. The festival is celebrated with mask dance to depict the victory of good over evil.