A region tucked between lush Kashmir and snow-dusted Tibet, Nubra Valley unleashes swathes of beauty. Located 150 km from Leh, the valley is also called the Orchard of Ladakh, and its old name suggests another truth&ndashas Ldumra, when translated to English, means valley of flowers. And if you are wondering why the dry, cold desert has been dubbed so, it is because the blooming orchards cover the valley in vibrant shades. To add to it, the gushing Shyok river passing by gives rise to a fresh breeze and soothes your soul almost instantly.
But natural beauty is not all Nubra can pride itself on. The region also holds a deep historical significance, and the many stupas that dot the region, along with the fascinating ruins of the Zamskhang palace, are a testament to that. There's enough to entice adventure enthusiasts, as several picturesque trails run through the region, and the lively Zanskar River gives a kick to those interested in rafting.What else The Nubra Valley also hosts many luxurious glamping options and eco-retreats for you. Here are our top picks
PanahThe Earthen Retreat
Located at Hunder village and surrounded by the mighty Karakoram mountains, a stay at Panah spoils you with majestic views of the valley from every angle. The property has luxurious earthen villas built with eco-friendly materials and decorated tastefully with wooden interiors and soft furnishings. The luxury villas also have a hammam, where you can unwind after a day of activities in Nubra. Since the hotel staff are comprised of locals, they are great at guiding you to some of the region's famous and offbeat attractions. Book here.
Lchang Nang Retreat
Located right on the banks of the Nubra River, Lchang Nang Retreat boasts an idyllic setting. However, its commitment to play an active part in reducing Ladakh's carbon footprint is more impressive. The complete reliance on solar power is one to note among its many eco-conscious efforts. However, the commitment to sustainability is not limited to that but also extends to empowering the local community. Owned by an illustrious Ladakhi family, the Kalons, the retreat goes above and beyond to ensure guests truly experience the region's unique culture via many activities such as al-fresco dining, cultural performances, and guided walks. And to still make you feel at home, their cosy rooms with contemporary decor and touches of traditional handicrafts are the perfect abode. Book here.
Chamba Camp Diskit
If you are a fan of glamping, then look no further than Chamba. Set amidst the breathtaking surroundings of Diksit, a glamping experience here will prove to be unmatchable by any other indefinitely. The tents are lavishly decorated with fine furnishings bathed in soft beige colours and exquisite custom-made furniture. The camp also houses a library stocked with fascinating literature all about the region's culture and nature. Moreover, you are always resting in nature's lap during your stay here. Book here.
Another boutique gem in the picturesque valley, the Kyagar is also a socially responsible and community-driven retreat that gives you a wide window into Ladakhi culture. For nature lovers, there's a lot to enjoy on the property as they conduct bird-watching and star-gazing sessions. Moreover, you can also get the opportunity to engage with the locals who treat you with great stories and delectable local dishes through village walks. You are also welcome to visit the aristocratic 250-year-old Zimskhang home on your tour. After a day full of activities, the chic rooms with stunning mountain views make for the perfect abode. Book here.
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