Pictures of Nubra Valley Ladakh
Nubra is situated at an high altitude cold desert with rare drizzle and slight scrub along the sides of the river. The Nubra Valley is populated by Nubra dialect or Nubra Skat speakers.Most of them are Buddhists. In the western ghat of Nubra Valley near the Line of Control ,the Indo-Pak border, along the Shyok River, the most populated are Balti of Gilgit-Baltistan, who speak Balti, and are Shia and Sufia Nurbakhshia Muslims.
Nubra Valley should be in the must visit places especially if you are visiting Ladakh for the first time. Nubra Valley is one among the sub-districts in Ladakh, located in North East side with Diskit Village as the its main headquarters.
During January to March, Nubra Valley remains mostly in cold conditions with very few options to stay as well as to welcome guests.
Best time to visit:
In April , some guest houses starts to open up but food remains an issue in many places. You might have to rely on home stay options and home cooked food only. Apricot flowers are entirely the main blooming in April.
Then During May, June, July and August the peak season for tourist you can find mostly all accommodation options open with full staff and support.
Come September and early October, the tourists starts to reduce as cold starts increasing in and accommodation starts to pack up too. According to me, this is the best time to visit Nubra Valley to see full glory of burning colors of Ladakh with clouds showing like candies in the blue sky. The colors are purely magical at this time of the year and with less number of tourist when compared to other months, you will also be geting better deals at hotels and you can enjoy more. During the end of October up to December, mostly all the accommodation options packs up with some small guest houses/home stays and some hotels will remain open.
At least one night stay should be preferred to truly witness the mesmerizing beauty of Nubra Valley. This will help you ride the Camels over Sands around sunrise and sunset that too in cooler conditions which increases the charm of your vacation to one step ahead
Recommended places to visit during your staty in Nubra Valley
Medical Facilities : Diskit Village which is the headquarters of Nubra Valley has a hospital where you will be able to get basic medical aid and treatment.
Food Joints : Hotels,Camps, Guest Houses, & Home stays where you will be staying. You can also find dhabhas or eating joints at Khalsar and Khardung villages where people generally stop for lunch while on the way to or from Leh.
Phone Signals : BSNL Postpaid Connection in most parts of Nubra Valley with some loss of signal at few places
Petrol Pumps : Do not forget to refill petrol/diesel at Leh petrol pump as there used to be a fuel pump at Diskit but never seen that in working conditions. So, better tank up at Leh only before making a dash out to Nubra Valley.
ATMs near Nubra Valley : No ATMs in Nubra Valley and hence, it is always better to carry cash from Leh (the only place where you find ATM in Ladakh) itself.
TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
1.The best time to be at the Hunder Sand Dunes is early mornings and evenings.
2. Carry and wide angle and a telephoto lens.
3. Carry your tripod.
4. Watch the light, its changing every moment.
5. Add a human figure at the right position in your landscapes, it almost always adds value to the picture.
Thank you for reading this post. Hope you liked spending time here. I will be back again with another interesting place.
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This post is written by Saurabh Chatterjee. He is a travel photographer and a photography trainer.
He strives to ‘make every camera-owner a great photographer through his Photography workshops and Photo Tours and Photowalks..
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