Nubra Valley lies in the north of Leh and is accessible over the Khardungla (18350 ft.), one of the highest motorable roads in the world. The valley was on the trade route from Leh to Khagar via Saser and Karakoram Passes. The valley houses several Buddhist monasteries such as Sumur (Khagar) and 350 years old Diskit Gompa, famous for its murals. From Diskit, 7 km, one comes across the Hunder Gompa, a smaller one, belonging to yellow sect. Driving down towards Shyok river, one can visit the village of Tirith & Panamik. The scenery is spectacular, with the snowcapped Karakoram mountains forming the background.