Cosy Rooms, Orchards & Local Experiences: These 3 Homestays Guarantee A Perfect Ladakh Holiday

Majestic mountains, charming Buddhist monasteries and a photographer’s paradise, Leh- Ladakh is a place on every traveller’s bucket list. So when the mountains call, head to any of these three local homestays for a holiday that is nothing short of perfect.

Nimmu House

An imposing building of 1,200 square meters, Nimmu House is one of the last surviving examples of an original style of traditional architecture. In Nimmu village, close to Indus and Zanskar rivers, the house is one of the few noble homes that survive today and provides 4 bedrooms, 5 tents, a dining space, a library and a living room other than two Buddhist temples, stables and an orchard full of apricot, apple and walnut trees.

The owners of Nimmu House have turned the restoration into a heritage project to preserve the local culture and architecture, create economic opportunities for the locals and an authentic Ladakhi experience for travellers.

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Stok Palace Heritage Hotel

High altitude heritage built in the 1830s, Stok Palace is stately on the outside and mysterious on the inside with its shaded corridors and courtyards leading you into startlingly colourful spaces. It has six suites that are airy, bright and celebrate traditional design while incorporating all the comforts.

Enjoy the culture at the palace, access the private quarters of the family and interact with the current king, who is a mine of knowledge on Ladakh history, heritage and photography.

Find more information here. 

Stok Palace Chulli Bagh Heritage Villas

Set amidst apricot, walnut and willow tree gardens around the Stok Palace is the beautiful Chulli Bagh Villas. Stay here to enjoy apricot blossoms in April, mesmerising autumn colours in October or a quaint dinner setting with wood-fire under a star-studded sky.

With just three exclusive and private villas, each cottage has been painstakingly built by hand, using wood and mud as primary materials, with no industrial finishes. The design is organic and earthy so as to blend with the nature around and encourage travellers to live like a commune. Each room is well insulated with natural materials and looks out into the garden where one can read, enjoy tea, catch a nap or mediate in silence.

Activities include walks and treks, excursions to Stok Kangri and Leh {to name a few}. Chulli Bagh is also ideal to view the colourful festivals of Ladakh. 

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