Hunder Sand Dunes , Nubra Valley , Ladakh

Hunder Sand Dunes Nubra Valley Ladakh India

Hunder Sand Dunes, Nubra Valley, Ladakh

Hunder Dunes are often referred to as fairytale dunes. Because these are desert landscape with a difference. They are surrounded by beautiful snowcapped Himalayan mountains.

How I Reached

I reached Nubra from Leh in about eight hours of road trip. Nubra is a valley at a lower altitude and is surrounded by these Hunder Sand Dunes. One can reach Hunder from Nubra valley in around two hours.

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What I went for

The scenic landscape of Ladakh was always in my bucket list. I visited here to see the uncharted landscapes and beautiful mountains. I have heard before that one can see a thousand shades of Brown while doing a road trip from one point to another in this destination. I went there to see those shades of brown and natural beauty seen never before.

Shades of Brown

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What I discovered

The place is more dramatic, beautiful and exotic than one can imagine. The experience of Ladakh is different for different people . the climate changes every day and so does the landscape. So, you can imagine that if you are visiting in a certain month the outcome of a trip is going to be different each time. The natural surroundings demand a high level of fitness. I found the colors of nature here but I also found much more.

Unique offerings The Hunder Dunes

As shared in my previous blogs, Rajasthan is one of my favorite destinations. Visiting the hot Thar desert was always my preferred choice. Desert always reminded of hot sand and high temperature. But near Nubra, we discovered Hunder Sand Dunes of the Himalayas. This place changed the definition of desert forever. There was a snow-capped mountain backdrop, Freezing cold sub-zero temperature, Water canals and green patches, Snow on the sand and so much more.

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Yes, there was one similarity! We found camels here, the double-humped Bactrian camels.

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Since I do not support animal tourism I did not go for a safari here but these camels reminded me of the hot Thar desert of Rajasthan. But here I was in an opposite climatic condition only to be filled with gratitude for mother nature and God for giving us such a beautiful planet.

Gratitude towards my country India which truly is incredible.


I hope this Himalayan landscape remains as serene as ever and the responsibility of the same lies on us. Save our planet it is the biggest gift we have!

More on Ladakh from my diaries soon ! Till then enjoy the vlogs from the Hunder Dunes of Ladakh!

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13 thoughts on “Hunder Sand Dunes , Nubra Valley , Ladakh

  1. Rajendra Dadheech Reply

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  2. Clarice Lao / Camping for Women Reply

    I have always wanted to see the scenic landscape of Ladakh. I once saw its pictures in a magazine and fell in love with it. Just like you — it’s part our Bucket List. Looking forward to visiting it soon.

  3. Sinjana Ghosh Reply

    Pictures from Ladakh never fail to amaze me – the place has desert, snow-covered mountains and beautiful water bodies as you mentioned. Truly a sight to behold. I have never been to Ladakh but I enjoyed reading about your experiences.

  4. Sandy N Vyjay Reply

    Ladakh is indeed one of the most surreal places in India. I guess no pictures can do justice to the unique landscapes of the place. One needs to experience it to really understand its immense wild beauty. The Hunder Sand Dunes look awesome, I can only imagine the mesmerizing combination of sand and snow.

  5. Lisa Reply

    Wow, what a beautiful this is! I’ve never heard of the Nubra Valley or Ladakh, but now would like to see it. The dunes are beautiful, so dramatic yet calm. It’s an incredible place and one I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

  6. Paul Reply

    This looks fantastic, I didn’t even know Hunder Dunes existed. I’d like to visit a cold desert some time, sounds fascinating.

  7. Lauren Pears Reply

    Sadly, I missed Ladakh during my visit to India. It looks like a truly beautiful place – The Hunder Sand dunes are super pretty! I will have to return to India one day and explore some more. Also, respect that you don’t support animal tourism!

  8. Amar singh Reply

    Ladakh is top of my list to visit but it’s nit very easy to travel within it so planing is key. The 8 hour journey to the hunder dunes was truly worth its. It’s beautiful and would live to visit. I would like to try the camel safari though. Thanks for sharing a great destination

  9. Yukti Reply

    Nubra Valley in Ladakh is the most photogenic place which I can imagine so far. As climate and weather changes day to day and every day has its own shade, I would love to spend a couple of more days here to take every shot of changing weather. You have taken the perfect shot of Hundar, Nubra Valley. Thanks for sharing all tips and information about Ladakh!

  10. Parnashree Devi Reply

    I am planning to visit Ladakh next month and Nubra is high on my list. I am so happy to read your blog at this time when I am planning my trip. The landscape is simply breathtaking. I would like to know more about the accommodation details if you can provide me. Good Read

    • Travel Quartz Post authorReply

      Hi, Ladakh has an easy option for accommodation. You can choose from low-end budget guesthouses to luxury hotels. But luxury is something not inside the hotel but in nature. You will have the option to stay in camps too. Try to book a guest house in advance where you can get basic amenities. Once you know the place stay one night in camp too. Happy Travel to the beautiful destination of Ladakh. Do share your experience once you return 🙂

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