Nimo, Leh

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Nimmoo, Nimu, Nimmu, Snymoo
Nimoo, Ladakh.jpg
Nimo is located in Ladakh
Location in Ladakh, India
Nimo is located in India
Nimo (India)
Coordinates: 34°11′43″N 77°20′07″E / 34.1951812°N 77.335314°E / 34.1951812; 77.335314Coordinates: 34°11′43″N 77°20′07″E / 34.1951812°N 77.335314°E / 34.1951812; 77.335314
Union TerritoryLadakh
3,140 m (10,300 ft)
 • Total1,134
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
2011 census code852

Nimo, also Nimu and Nimoo, is the headquarters of the Nimoo block in the Leh district of Ladakh, India.[1] It is located in the Leh tehsil, 35 km from Leh.

Nimoo is a stop for all the river rafting groups and is the main starting point for the annually held all India river rafting expedition, which is done in the Indus River.
The temperature here varies from 40 °C in summer to −29 °C in winter. Due to such a harsh climate and extreme weather conditions this area has very little vegetation cover (as seen in picture on right).

Magnet Hill is a gravity defying road[2][3] 7.5 km southeast of Nimoo.


On 6 August 2010, the village was impacted by the 2010 Ladakh floods.


Nimo has several monasteries and orchards. Rafting in the Indus River (Grade 1) and rafting in the Zanskar River (Grade 2) are popular outdoor sports.

Nimmu House is a heritage hotel in the village; it is open from June to September. There are several tourist spots near Nimo, including Basgo, Likir et Alchi monasteries, Indus and Zanskar confluence. The Pathar Sahib Gurudwara which is 25 km from Leh Falls between Leh and Nimu en route.

Magnetic hill optical illusion[edit]

Magnet Hill or Nimoo-Leh Magnet Hill is a gravity hill located near Leh in Ladakh, India.[2] Due to the surrounding geographical features, it has an optical illusion where vehicles seem to roll uphill in defiance of gravity when they are, in fact, rolling downhill.[3] It is 7.5 km southeast of Nimo and 26.5 km west of Leh on Srinagar-Ladakh road.


According to the 2011 census of India, Nimo has 193 households. The effective literacy rate (i.e. the literacy rate of population excluding children aged 6 and below) is 72.51%.[4]

Demographics (2011 Census)[4]
Total Male Female
Population 1134 568 566
Children aged below 6 years 119 51 68
Scheduled caste 0 0 0
Scheduled tribe 1071 535 536
Literates 736 405 331
Workers (all) 603 364 239
Main workers (total) 509 336 173
Main workers: Cultivators 224 148 76
Main workers: Agricultural labourers 9 4 5
Main workers: Household industry workers 1 0 1
Main workers: Other 275 184 91
Marginal workers (total) 94 28 66
Marginal workers: Cultivators 58 15 43
Marginal workers: Agricultural labourers 4 1 3
Marginal workers: Household industry workers 1 1 0
Marginal workers: Others 31 11 20
Non-workers 531 204 327


  1. ^ "Blockwise Village Amenity Directory" (PDF). Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Magnetic Hill Leh, Jammu & Kashmir". Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b "NOTHING MAGNETIC ABOUT MAGNETIC HILL". 31 July 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Leh district census". 2011 Census of India. Directorate of Census Operations. Retrieved 23 July 2015.

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