Nubra

Nubra Valley lies about 150 km north of Leh where the rivers, Shyok and Siachan, meet form a large valley . This valley separates the Ladakh from the Karakoram Ranges and the famous Siachen Glacier lies to the north of the valley. 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.

Diskit is the headquarters of the Nubra Valley and thus has lot of government offices with basic facilities. There is a line of shops in the market selling mostly local items to the tourists as well as to the locals. Tourist attractions in Nubra valley include Diskit monastery (3200 metres), located on a rocky spur just above the flood plains of the Shyok river, commanding views up and down the Nubra valley. It is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery (gompa) in the Nubra Valley of Ladakh region belonging to the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

Just near the Diskit monastery there is a very large statue of Maitreya Buddha facing the Shyok river down below in the valley. Believed to be world’s tallest Maitreya Buddha, the impressive 32 metre (106 foot) statue is located on top of a hill. The construction work of the statue was started in April 2006.

Panamik is situated about 150 kilometers from the Leh town across Khardung La pass in the Nubra valley. Located close to Siachen glacier, the highest battlefield in the world, this village is famous for its curative hot water springs that contain high concentrations of sulphur believed to be best for curing rheumatism and other ailments. Samstanling Monastery or gompa is a well-known Buddhist site in the Nubra Valley. Situated between Kyagar and Sumur village, it was founded by Lama Tsultrim Nima.

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Ensa Monastery. The monastery located atop a hill overlooks the snow capped mountains of the Nubra Valley.

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