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Not many visitors to Ladakh know about Panamik, leave alone visiting this place. Actually Ladakh has so many places of extraordinary natural beauty, that most people give smaller and lesser known places like Panamik a pass. Panamik is known for its hot springs, which honestly, is not too exciting.

Panamik, also known as Pinchimik, is located 22 km above the valley of Sumur on the other side of Nubra Valley. A grimy rural place overlooked by the pin-point peak of Charouk Dongchen, marks the northern part in India that is accessible to tourists. A kilometer beyond the hot springs ahead of the stone walls that comes from the potholed road is the village of Proper. Splitting apart into wide streams the sapphire Nubra seems to be shallow and tame. Pay attention to local people`s advice as many travelers have caught up into accidents that have taken place while fording the shallow river.

Ensa Gompa or monastery which you can see in this picture is located on the mountainside across the mountain stream (which perhaps joins Shyok River, the main river of Nubra valley). It is situated in the unexpected valley of willow and poplar trees fed by a constant sweet-water stream. Though the Gompa is usually locked, the views from rows of broken chortens nearby make the climb worthwhile. Sitting below the tall wall of painted rock strata of the mighty Himalayas, the monastery looks very lonely indeed!

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