Considered as the roof of the world, it is unique in many ways and merits a very special mention with an even surface wonderfully sea like this great remu glacier stands unrivalled in its grandeur of extent and close resemblance to frozen sea. The semi-autonomous kingdom is India's most remote and least populated region, a mixture of snow-capped peaks, green valleys, glassy lakes, rivers and of course beautiful Buddhist monasteries situated on top of mountains in almost every village and with unique history, Ladakh truly is a land of endless discoveries and don't ever blame us if u keep coming back to this extremely beautiful place.
Geography: Geologists believe that Ladakh was buried under sea millions of years ago up and down thrust in due course of time resulted in surfacing of mountains where Ladakh is presently situated. Like the rest of Ladakh, Nubra is a high altitude desert with rare precipitation and scant vegetation except along river beds, where irrigated, and on high slopes. The villages are irrigated and fertile, producing wheat, barley, peas, mustard for oil, and a variety of fruits and nuts, including apple, walnut, apricot and even a few almond trees. The Indus valley is the Ladakhi heartland, with the highest population density, and large amounts of agricultural land. Running parallel, roughly north-east south-west with it are a series of valleys and mountain ranges. North of the Indus valley is the Ladakh range, on the other side of which is the Shayok, and Nubra valleys.
Language: Most of the Nubra Valley is inhabited by Ladakhis who speak Ladakhi; the majority of them are Buddhist, with a minority of Shia and Sunni Muslims. In the western or lowest altitude end of Nubra Valley, along the Shyok River, the inhabitants are Balti, speak Balti, and are Shia and Sufia Nurbakhshia Muslims. English and hindi is spoken in the schools apart from ladakhi.
Drinking: Ladakhi tea is an acquired taste. It is the staple drink of the region, so you're best off getting used to it.
How to Reah Ladakh
Leh can be reached from Srinagar between May and October and the Manali-Leh road is open from June to October there can be some variations in the period depending upon the weather conditions. Rest of the season the road is closed due to heavy snow and bad weather conditions. The road from Srinagar to Leh is around 434 kilometers. After been made National highway the road is smoother than earlier. J & K SRTC operates ordinary and deluxe buses. You can also opt for shared taxis which charge anything between 800 to 1300 rupees depending up the choice of seat and other conditions. The ride from Manali to Leh is somewhat tougher because of the bad road conditions it takes around two days, stopping overnight at Keylong for a tent stay is more adventurous. The road from Manali to Leh is around 479 km .Himachal Tourism and State Transport Corporation along with J&K SRTC and several other travel companies run regular bus service to Leh. You can also opt for shared a taxi which charges anything between 1000 to 1500 rupees depending up the choice of seat and other conditions. From Leh you can take bus or taxi to Nubra valley which is about 125 km from Leh. If you are for more adventures you can also rent bikes, available on rent in Leh and will cost you anywhere between rupees 600 a day for an Enfield to rupees 300 for others.
By Train: By train travel, the closest railway station is Jammu, there are regular train services from Delhi and many other cities to Jammu railway station, from Jammu you can take buses or taxi ride to Srinagar and then to Leh. From Leh you can take bus or taxi to Nubra valley which is about 125 km from Leh. If you are for more adventures you can also rent bikes, available on rent in Leh and will cost you anywhere between rupees 600 a day for an Enfield to rupees 300 for others.
By Air: The following airlines (Kingfisher, Jet Airways, and Air India) operate regular flights to Leh from Delhi, Jammu and Srinagar. The duration of Delhi-Leh flight is just an hour long. Better booked the air-tickets before 2 or 3 months in advance because during May to October tickets prices are very high due to heavy tourist influx. From Leh you can take bus or taxi to Nubra valley which is about 125 km from Leh. If you are for more adventures you can also rent bikes, available on rent in Leh and will cost you anywhere between rupees 600 a day for an Enfield to rupees 300 for others.
Our Suggestion: We suggest that instead of spending too much money on air travel better to travel by road which can be the best experience for any trip, so it's better to come by road and leave by air travel so after such a long trip you are not exhausted. And by road better one is Srinagar- Leh highway which is much better road and you can enjoy the scenic landscape beauty of villages encountered on the way to Ladakh. If you are in for more adventure then you should try the Manali-Leh road which is longer and more rugged and will pass through many passes like Rohtang La (13,051 ft), Baralacha La (16,050 ft), Taglang La (17,470 ft) and will be one great adventure road trip .Ladies and children should avoid Manali road because of the rough roads and some bad stretches on the 460km Manali to Leh road.
Srinagar-Leh 434 Km
Manali-Leh 473 Km
Srinagar-Kargil 204 Km
Delhi-Leh 1047 Kms
Leh-Kargil 234 Km
Kargil-Padum (Zanskar) 240 Km
Leh-Deskit (Nubra Valley) 118 Kms.