What we love
- Once a pitstop on the historical Silk Road, close to the Chinese border, in the land of Nubra valley accessed via some of the world’s highest motor able passes, is this beautiful hamlet, home to a collection of cottages set in the middle of acres of fruit trees and dotted by lush meadows, the crystal clear Siachen river, the majestic Himalayas and fluttering colourful prayer flags.
- The minimalistic earthy cottages, built in Ladakhi style using local elements such as mud and stone, are a nod to provincial architectural style. The garden facing cottages through their large bay windows offer unmatched views of the mountains allowing you a chance to wake up to magnificent sunrises while watching the sun hit the faraway peaks. The rooms also have a day bed and outdoor seating for daytime leisure. Although traditional and rustic in style, the cottage bedrooms have modern amenities ensuring you have a great stay, from electric blankets to keep you warm at night to showers and other modcons in the ensuite.
- With no fixed menu, allow the head chef to dazzle you with his amazing dishes that range from Indian thalis, Ladakhi favourites to Mediterranean and even Chinese specialities enjoyed around a warm bon-fire by night! Breakfasts are special with breads and cakes baked in-house, served with delicious fresh organic jams and fruit juices! All this in a location that’s absolutely off the grid and prepared with much that’s all organically grown around!
What to know
- On days when not exploring the main sights around, go on a guided trek chasing the river through the valley, explore the local villages nearby or spend the day lazing about in the lounge area with a book from the eclectic library or playing board games. At night, the place turns into a star lit paradise that you can get close to. Lay down on the roof and get lost in the world of the star trails, constellations, planets and their rings!
- The owners’ commitment to green values and their peerless work with this sustainable model is commendable. They’re staunch followers of the recycled water and zero-plastic regime and have taken measures to make the estate fully solar powered! Additionally, the estate also features an organic kitchen that makes use of home-grown vegetables fresh from the kitchen garden grown using age old Ladakhi agricultural techniques or source locally!
- The estate is at an altitude of almost 15,000 ft and reached from Leh after crossing some of the world’s highest motor able passes! The journey isn’t an easy one with altitude sickness being common. We highly recommend keeping a day or two to acclimatise before getting here.
- Given the remote location of the estate, phone networks are patchy at best and wifi is extremely limited - get ready to disconnect completely and surrender to the gorgeous landscapes of Ladakh!