Nubra Valley is one of the greenest places in Ladakh and Diskit is its capital. Diskit is around 150 km from the Ladakh's summer capital, Leh. Located on the banks of Shyok River, the valley is fertile and well fed by streams and rivers.
The greenery is confined along the banks of the river and the rest of Diskit is a cold desert known for its sand dunes. Many crops like barley, wheat, peas, almond, apricots and many vegetables and fruits are cultivated here.
Diskit is a good stopover place. It is the largest town in the Nubra valley. There are many well maintained hotels and guest houses in Diskit. Daily taxi services are available for Leh but runs only once in a day.
The town is confined around a one lane main market. There are a few places to eat in Diskit. Local buses and taxis for Hunder and Turtuk are also available here. But they leave early in the morning. Travel agencies offer camping facilities around the beautiful green valley, which is in stark contrast to the barren mountains and sand dunes that surround it. The beauty here is defined by the contrasting landscapes.
Most remarkable destination at Diskit is the Monastery located on a slanted rocky hill, few km above the town. The location of the monastery is what makes the place interesting. The view of the town and Nubra valley from the monastery was breathtaking, especially in the morning and evening. Another remarkable sight is that of the future Buddha or Maitreya Buddha statue. It towers at 32 meter and the Diskit Monastery takes care of its maintenance.
Majority of the inhabitants are Buddhist, but a few Muslims also reside there. Diskit is also the education hub for neighbouring villages. Kids from Hunder, or even farther places, come here for schooling.
How to get there: Diskit is 117.6 km from Leh. Shared taxis leave for Diskit around 6 am from a taxi stand near Polo Ground, Leh. It takes around 5 hours and and the fare is around Rs. 400 per individual.
Where to Stay: There are many well maintained hotels and guest houses in Diskit.