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The Fascinating Shyok Valley

Shyok -The Fascinating Valley

Shyok Valley is part of the Nubra valley formed by a tributary of Indus River, Shyok. This river originates from the Rimo Glacier and forms a wide valley. The Nubra and the Shyok valley are also close to the Khardung La. The non locals must carry an Inner Line Permit from the DC office in Leh to enter Nubra.

Things to do in Shyok Valley

  • Trekking
  • Photography
  • Festivals and Fairs
  • Flora
  • Monasteries
  • Geology research

Religion and Culture
The majority of people in this valley are Buddhists and towards the LOC there are more of Sufia and Shia Muslims. The inhabitants of this place are Balti who also speak Balti.
There are mask festivals and archery competitions, flower displays, camel race and warfare demonstrations.

The simple villagers of this place grow some vegetation. They are hard-working and friendly people. 

The 35 metre Maitreya Buddha Statue faces the Shyok river and is few kilometers away from the Diskit Gompa.

Social Structure
The head of the family is the eldest son who inherits the property. The younger siblings continue to remain under him or some also choose to become Lamas and stay in monasteries.

Buddhism is the essence of the region which is followed from many centuries and have deep roots in Ladakh with Gompas around and fluttering prayer flags.

Reaching Shyok River
The nearest airport is Leh from where cabs and buses are available for the road trip. The nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi.