Around 4 PM, as per schedule of our Leh Ladakh tour itinerary we went out explore the surroundings. Diskit village is famous for the Diskit monastery which is situated on a hill near Shyok River. Apart from the Diskit monastery the lush green field around Diskit Village and truly enticing scenic beauty attracts lot of tourism during this time of the year. There are several trekking paths or sites also as per our bird watching touring plan we could spot some bird species like red fronted serin, white wagtail, citrine wagtail, white browed tit warbler, black redstart and chukar partridge etc. Diskit is the main centre point of Nubra valley all major government offices and other facilities are available here. We took a local guy with us who guided us through a trekking path of around 30 minutes to a traditional Ladakhi House which was situated at the outskirts of Diskit.
These houses are made from wood and mud bricks which are baked under the sun for days before usage. The wood from poplar tree is used to create the basic structure, further the house is plastered with white clay which is sourced locally. This overall strengthens the house and provides soothing effect the moment you enter any room. Some of these houses in the nearby areas of Leh are owned by hotels transformed into a full-fledged resort format i.e. available for rent accommodation for tourist with all upgraded facilities of traditional furniture, large courtyard, modern washrooms, sun terraces etc. It was around 6.30 PM so we trekked back to our hotel in main Diskit area, on our way back there wasn’t much to see as it was all dark but the twinkling lights in the houses or shops of Diskit and the monastery view was second to none. We had our dinner in the hotel itself and went in to sleep bit early as tomorrow we would be back in Nubra valley for some more excursion.
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