Originally named ‘Ldumra’, which means the ‘valley of flowers’, the charming Nubra Valley lives up to its old name. This large valley was formed due to the meeting of the rivers Shyok and Nubra (Siachen River). Most of the residents are Buddhists, while near the LoC along the Shyok River there live Shia and Sufia Nurbakhshia Muslims.
In the Nubra Valley, you will find a 32-meter high Maitreya Buddha statue, monasteries, sand dunes, and two-humped camels (Bactrian camels). The Diskit Monastery is a major tourist attraction of the area. The main access to Nubra, the Khardung La pass, was once considered the highest motorable road in the world.
Here people have blue eyes and auburn hair as opposed to the typical Mongoloid features of the rest of the population of the region. Locals say that once some Greek tribe had come to the area in search of Jesus Christ. They then decided to settle down in the area.