Hunder, Nubra Valley
Hunder, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
Story So Far!
After our wonderful journey and sigh-seeing around in Leh, we started the next day to Hunder in Nubra Valley.
Before I start with the journey, need to share a short experience that we encounteredclose to Nimoo Village where our car had a tire burst and we had to have a spare tyre fitted in. We tried exploring all of Ladakh the next morning but had no luck until around 11ish to get the tyre fixed before we head out on our further journey.
You may be interested in reading, my previous post on how did i get Leh’D
How to get to Hunder
The route we took for this part of the journey is below:
Our Mode: Car
We started and navigating through the muddy paths (as the roads were under construction) headed towards Khardungla Pass. There is a checkpost by the local tourist / taxi agency who would check if you are driving a other state / city taxi / self drive car. They focus on this aspect to ensure that the Ladakh Taxi Union does not lose out on their earnings.
As you start heading towards Khardungla Pass, you would be able to see Shanti Stupa on to your right.
Other Modes: Bus from Leh
There are few bus services from Leh that you can opt for to reach Diskit in the Nubra Valley region. Bus starts early in the morning and on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and on the return starts Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Other Modes: Taxi
You can opt for a Taxi but it turns out to be a costly affair as the Ladakh Taxi union to cover the Nubra valley would charge anywhere between Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000 (Indian rupees) for a few days which also covers Diskit, Hunder, Panamik.
Khardungla Pass: Known as the highest motorable road in the world and is accessible most part of the year – which is not the case and is at 17,582 ft (ASL)
Permits for Nubra Valley
Starting 2017, Indian and Foreign residents would need permits to visit Nubra Valley and surrounding areas. You could get the permits either online or from the DC office in Leh.
Depending on your itinerary, the permits are given and appropriate stamps provided.
Stay Options at Hunder, Nubra Valley
Hunder Town has good options in addition to the Sand-dunes in the region. You could look at camps offering Swiss Tents which offer you better relaxing time after a long journey from Leh.
During our trip, we stayed at one such camp and the experience was good. the power is drawn from generators and the lights are generally off by around 11ish in the night.
WiFi is mostly available at most of the camps and is complimentary.
What to Do in Nubra Valley!
Nubra Valley has various attractions and Diskit and Hunder are just a few among many places you could visit which we have on our itinerary.
You should not miss – Hunder Sand-dunes and a camel ride on the Bactrian camel found only here in India, Diskit Monastery and Maitreya Buddha and the Bagh Milkha Bagh Shooting site at the sand dunes where there was a practice session shot. You can ride the ATV’s here.
You could further explore Panamik, Turtuk, Samstanling Monastery is in Sumlur village which would be worth visiting by making a three day trip plan to Nubra Valley.
Road Conditions: Read Here on our experience of driving to Hunder from Leh HERE