Nubra Valley Jeep Safari Tour
Nubra Valley Tour
It's holiday season again and you are pulling your hair wondering where to head. Here is an interesting option. Tour a desert in the Himalayas! Millions of tourists pour into India searching for ever new experiences to fascinate themselves with. Himalayas are usually synonymous with hill stations, mountaineering, trekking, tons of flora and fauna. But a desert ?
Organizing a trip to a desert in the middle of the mighty Himalayas may sound way out but is in fact easy, camel safaris and sand dunes included! Just step out of your Delhi hotel, catch an hour long flight and you're in Leh to spend a few exotic days. From there it's off to the Nubra Valley - a desert in the world's highest mountain range! Situated in north western Ladakh, this valley lies along the banks of the Shayok River and its tributary. To reach Nubra one has to climb 18,380 feet. Then descend down 10000 feet!
From Leh it's a road journey to Nubra valley through the world highest motor traveled road. The route is via Khardonga Pass which is at a height of 18,380 ft above sea level, around 50 km from Leh. After crossing the Pass, you can have a view of Khardong village, Khalser and Deskit . The Deskit village offers guest houses and budget hotels as good as any luxury budget hotel in Delhi.
The first thing you notice when you arrive is the changed landscape, from a lush green valley to a high altitude rocky desert. Leh has large Tibetan Buddhist populations living here for centuries. Tourists often talk about the warmth and friendliness of the people. As for the hotel services in a remote area like Leh, you can rest assured.
Apart from several monasteries and an ancient Buddhist palace on top a hill, the real attraction to Leh is using it as a launching pad for trekking through Ladakh. Treks through its chilly pristine beauty is sought after in the tourist circuit. Most tour operators organize trekking tours in this region for adventure cum nature enthusiasts.
Nubra Valley is known as Ldumra ( the Valley of Flowers). Its main attraction is the Bactarian Camels (Shaggy double hump Camel) around sand dunes and the Deskit and Samstanling monasteries.
The Camel 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 not to be missed.
En route to Nubra, as soon as you reach Khardung at top, your heart rate may increase, some report getting a headache due to thin air. No need for alarm. Further down is grassland known as North Pullu. During summers locals come here with their animals for grazing. Little further ahead is a Buddhist village, Khalsar.
The Valley has two rivers - Nubra and Shayok. Hundar is the most beautiful village here, with a 1,150 strong Buddhist population. Few people are Muslims with both communities inviting each other to meals and religious ceremonies.
So what are you waiting for? Book your hotel and fly off. Immerse yourself in the virgin beauty of lakes, rivers, mountains, mystic lamas and loving people.
Day 1 : Delhi - Leh
Arrival at Leh airport, meet by our representative and transferred to the Hotel. Evening free at leisure or you can do the shopping in local market. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 : Leh
On this day you will go a sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries in this area.such as Hemis Gompa, shay place, stakna, Thiksey Monastery Overnight at Hotel.
Day 3 : Leh - Pangong Lake ( 180 KMS approx)
In the morning after break fast drive leh to pangong lake. It will take 5.30hr to reach Pangong Lake. Overnnight at Hotel.
Day 4 : Pangong Lake - Leh
In the morning after breakfast, drive towards Leh. In the afternoon check in at the hotel. Rest of the day is free for shopping at the local market. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 5 : Leh - Khardung la - Nubra Valley ( 120 KMS approx)
In the morning after breakfast check out from the hotel, and drive towards Nubra Valley via Khardungla (Highest Motorable road in the World, 18,380 ft). Arrive at Deskit by Afternoon. Rest of the day is free to explore Deskit, Hunder Villages and camel Safari in Sand Dunes between Deskit and Hunder Village. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6 : Nubra Valley - Leh
In the morning after breakfast have your camel safari and visit Diskit Gompa ( now a major branch of Thikse Gompa), later drive towards Leh. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7 : Leh - Delhi - Departure
In the morning after breakfast check out from the hotel, and transfer to the airport to catch the flight for Delhi, upon arrival at Delhi, transfer to the IGI airport to catch the flight for onward destination.