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Nubra Valley – Glamping chic in Ladakh

Nubra Valley - Glamping chic in Ladakh

Ground Report | New Delhi: Nubra Valley; If the trip to Ladakh and its capital Leh had been a three-day off-road adventure, reaching the Nubra Valley, 150 kilometers from Leh, was to go deep into northern India. A hidden valley in the Himalayas that is accessed after crossing the Khardung-la mountain pass, the highest in the world at 5,602 meters.

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Nubra valley

Road to the Nubra Valley. A winding road in a mineral, sand, and stone landscape, to reach Khardung La (5600m), where you stop to enjoy the splendid view of the town of Leh and the Stok mountain range which dominates towards the South. You take the road again to reach the valley below, in an increasingly green landscape, crossing isolated villages until you see the beautiful Shyok river, turquoise waters on the ocher mountains.

Situated along the northern border of India, a little below the famous Siachen Glacier is the Nubra Valley. With a tributary of the Indo-Shyok River as its lifeline, this valley is quite different from the valleys of the ones that have been heard of. Green in some parts but a cold desert in many others and a bit rocky in some, the Nubra Valley surprised me with its textures and colors. This was an important place in the past because it was one of the key places found along the historic Silk Road.

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The palace is said to have been built in the 17th century and was the home of the governor’s family at that time. An example of excellent Tibetan palatial architecture, it resembles the King’s Palace in Leh. Not much remains of the palace now, but there is a prayer room that is still in use. Here inside this room, you will find beautiful statues and thangkas. Thangkas are beautiful Tibetan Buddhist paintings, usually made of cotton or silk. These paintings represent a Buddhist deity or a mandala.

The palace has a total of three floors, along with four balconies located on the second floor. A gem of a destination, it can give travelers insight into the life and times of the ancient Ladakh people. In addition, it is one of those places that are not visited by too many tourists.

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