We had to drive well into the interiors of Hunder to get to OYO Rooms Nubra. This had two fold benefits- 1) we got to see sparsely populated Hunder which we would have otherwise missed and 2) since the resort was tucked away from the usual hustle bustle, I got to experience the serenity of the place. And the drive itself was picturesque as we crossed streams and patches of purple and yellow wild flowers indigenous to Ladakh.
I think that it is really commendable that OYO has a property in a place like Hunder which is not exactly a typical tourist destination. So when you do visit Nubra and want to stay in a quality resort, then OYO Rooms Nubra is there for you. The Wifi in the reception was excellent and all of us called our families as we had been out of connectivity.
The resort itself has apricot and willow trees, yellow and purple flowers which add the burst of colour to the already visually delightful green foliage and it is surrounded by the typical bare mountainous terrain of Ladakh. You can connect with Mother Nature here and rejuvenate yourself away from the chaotic and hectic urban life which we all live. While I was opening my room, I heard birds chirping near the window such is the tranquility of the resort. The first not to be missed aspect of my room was the quaint fireplace around which was the seating space of wooden chairs and table. The bedroom had wooden flooring with a wooden spacious bed with an attached bathroom.
When you are part of a road trip, little things become big things like a hot bath. After taking a warm refreshing bath, I headed to the splash pond which provided a welcome aquatic break and some of the bloggers and scouts jumped right in while the rest of us sat on the sun decks provided. The resort also has a bonfire and badminton court.
For me, our get to gether before dinner with the co founders, scouts and my fellow bloggers was the highlight of the evening. All of us let our hair down and bonded. Vineet and Deepak, the co founders of Scout My Trip were the perfect hosts. Our scouts despite the challenging driving were not tired. Instead Neeraj aka Dada who is an encyclopedia on Ladakh made us laugh our guts out. Samarth regaled us with stupendous song and dance, Amit and Pratik were bang on with their one liners while Shakeel got some candid shots of us in action.
Coming to the bloggers, Neha and Medhavi danced, Abhinav and Karan provided background music and lyrics while Ami, Swati, Yohann, Ragini, Raza, Shubham and me laughed and joined in. OYO Rooms Nubra offers vegetarian cuisine and our dinner comprised of salad, papads, rice, dal, paneer and capsicum sabji, a dry potato and methi dish with roti. I took double helpings of the yummy hot rice kheer dessert.
The resort is fabulous for star gazing as I discovered quite by chance when I peeked up at the sky relaxing in my sit out. I saw one of the clearest skies that I have seen in a long time. The star studded sky kept me engrossed for a while before sleep took over.
OYO Rooms Nubra can be the base for a day trip to the village Diksit which is known for its Monastery which is more than 350 years old where you are greeted by smiling monks. We were fortunate to visit the statue of Maitreya Buddha which is almost 32 meters in height and we were told that the construction of this statute was done from donations given by locals. It is a humbling experience to stand in front of the tall statue emoting peace. One can also go inside and pay respects in the prayer room from which the Diksit Monastery is visible. While in Diksit don’t miss the spectacular views of Shok Valley, Shyok River and snow capped peaks above the rocky terrain.
Nubra is also known for its sand dunes where you can do sand dune bashing. Spotting the double humped bactrian camel was another experience I will cherish. This camel is one of the few surviving breeds in Nubra.