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.
The Nubra is actually a cold desert; Siachen Glacier lies north of this valley. Earlier, Nubra Valley was part of trading routes (originating with the Silk Road) and was used for passage to Tibet.
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.
Non-locals are not allowed to go below Hundar village into the Balti area as it is a border region. While the village of Turtuk is becoming popular with those who wish to interact with a tribal community.
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.
The local Balti tribe follows customs that have come down through the ages. They speak a language that is only spoken and not written.