Nubra Valley is situated about 150 km north of Leh. The Nubra Valley means Ldumra (the valley of flowers), The route from Leh takes the traveler over the Khardung-la, the highest motorable road in the world (18,380 feet// 5,578 m) above sea level feet. To enter the Nubra valley, one must cross over the Shyok River via a small bridge and pass through a military checkpoint. Tourist require an “Inner Line” permit (easily obtained in Leh town) to pass.
The main attraction in this area is Bactarian Camels (Shaggy double hump Camel) around sand dunes, Deskit & Samstanling monasteries and Khardung la Pass.
The road journey to Nubra valley leads through Khardongla (the highest motor able road in the world(18,380 feet// 5,578 m) around 50 kms. away from Leh city. After crossing the pass, you can have a view of Khardong village, Khalser, Sumur, Panamic and Deskit (the main villages of Nubra valley). The Deskit village offers Guest Houses and lower budget hotels. The Camel safari can be organized from Deskit to Hunder village for 2 hours. Hundar village has small monastery and it is located on ancient Silk Route.
Beyond Khalsar, after crossing the confluence of the Shyok and Nubra rivers, you reach Sumur, with the Samstem Ling Gompa. Built in 1841, A large statue of Buddha, flanked by Maitreya and Mahakala dominates the Du-khang. Some basic accommodation is available at Sumur, mostly owned by locals who also provide food. Regular buses connect Sumur with Leh, Panamic and Diskit.
A two-hour ride beyond Sumur takes you to Panamic, best known for its hot sulphur springs. A refreshing bath in the tubs at the hot springs does a lot for a travel weary body, with enough time left to explore the gompa across the river.
Turning westward along the Shyok River, you reach a vast expanse of sandy desert and boulder-filled landscape. The town of Diskit, The old town with a gompa built in 1420 is the oldest in the Nubra region. It is also one of the largest. The monastery belongs to the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) Sect. 7 kms north is the small village of Hundur.