Nubra Valley attractions

Buddhist Monastery in Diskit

Diskit Gompa

Directly above Old Diskit, a 2km spaghetti of hairpins winds up to this photogenic monastery complex, much of which dates to between the 14th and 17th centuries. At the back far right-hand corner of the medieval gon…
Notable Building in Turtuk

Yabgo Royal House

The Yabgo rajas of Chorbat-Baltistan trace their dynasty back to Central Asia, and have had a palace in Turtuk from at least the 15th century. What remains is a modest two-storey courtyard house with aged wooden col…
Pass in Nubra Valley

Khardung La

At 5602m, Khardung La is claimed (and disputed) to be the world’s highest motorable pass. A plethora of prayer flags festoons a flanking chaos of rocks and there's permanent glacial ice on the pass's north face. The…
Buddhist Monastery in Sumur, Tegar & Panamik

Ensa Monastery

Remote 600-year-old Ensa Monastery, 35km north of Sumur on the west bank of the Nubra, feels like it's close to the end of the world. The monastery itself is small and home to only one monk, but a lovely kora path t…
Notable Building in Sumur, Tegar & Panamik

Zimskang Museum

At the centre of charming Tegar village is the ancient little Manekhang Gompa from which a mani wall and a line of chortens leads down a sloping lane to this unmarked historic house preserved in its original conditi…
Buddhist Monastery in Hunder

Hunder Gompa

Hunder's small but expanding monastery is most interesting for the various Buddhist sites dotted around it, notably a series of ancient whitewashed chortens and the Skalzang mani wall. A pilgrim path across the main…
Buddhist Monastery in Sumur, Tegar & Panamik

Samstemling Gompa

The extensively rebuilt 19th-century Samstemling Gompa is of minor interest but the uphill walk here from Sumur is charming. It's some 1.5km above Tegar's Zamskhang Palace ruins on a lane that loops back down into S…
Islamic in Turtuk

Turtuk Old Mosque

In the heart of Turtuk Youl, the Old Mosque's distinctive feature is a wooden minaret with a spiral staircase only partly encased by timber slats. Locals date the mosque back to at least the 16th century.
Ruins in Sumur, Tegar & Panamik

Zamskhang Palace Ruins

The long-abandoned former residence of the kings of Nubra is in an advanced state of ruin, but it offers fine views over the valley, alongside many scattered little stupas filled with votive clay tablets.