In a recent declaration, J&K government has decided to open Nubra Valley further by another 39 kilometers after Panamik. What does it mean? It means that travelers who earlier could go only as far as the village of Panamik can start adding the villages of Taksha, Sasoma and Warshi in their itineraries. Warshi, another 39 kilometers from Panamik would now serve as the last point till where civilians would be allowed to travel. Until 2014, only people who had a special permit from the Indian Army to visit the Siachen base camp could go beyond Panamik but this year onwards, this restriction would be applicable after Warshi. bOTH
It is definitely a welcoming news, more for the locals than the travelers. Villagers in these small villages heavily rely on agriculture and tourism for their livelihood. Opening up further areas for tourists would create better employment opportunities for the people here. The reason why government is taking such drastic steps to promote tourism in Ladakh these days, in my opinion, is to handle the recent increase in Chinese incursions in the area. Ladakh remains cut off from rest of the country for a major part of the year which definitely makes it easier for a foreign country to try and take it over. Promoting tourism would give the locals here to connect better to rest of the country and make them feel that they too are as much Indians as rest of us. The more the Indian involvement here, lesser it would be for China to think that this region belongs to them.
For travelers, apart from enjoying the virgin beauty of Ladakh in Warshi, they can also visit the Yarma-Gompa and Yarma-Gonboo Monastery.
Click on the link below to read a complete travel guide to Nubra valley.
This is how the new map for Nubra Valley for travelers would look like.
Please note that no permits are required to visit Warshi village. ILP was earlier needed to visit Nubra valley but as of 2015, Indian tourists have no need to acquire ILP. Same applies to Warshi village as well. Indian nationals will just be required to submit a self declaration form at Panamik check post in order to reach Warshi.
Warshi village is open for both Indian citizens as well as foreign nationals. Foreigners and NRIs however will be required to obtain a protected area permit to reach Warshi village, as a matter of fact to even get to Nubra valley. Click on the link below to know how to obtain a protected area permit.
Warshi is about 45 kilometers from Panamik and this road, after Warshi, further continues to Siachen Glacier, world’s highest battleground. Since Siachen is a highly sensitive area, this region has remained cut off from rest of the country for a long time . Warshi itself is a very small village and there are no hotels or guest houses here. It has just been opened for tourists so not much facilities here but I am sure in coming years, there will be accommodation options here as well. For now, if you want to visit Warshi, you can drive up to the village and then would have to return to Panamik to stay for the night.