Hanu Riverside Homestay – Aryan Valley

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Hanu Yogma

Hanu Yogma is one of the few villages falling under the historical Brokpa villages popularly known as Aryan villages. It lies at a distance of around 160 km from Leh town. It is connected by a link road diverging from the main Khaltse-Batalik-Kargil route. There are many legends about the villagers with some tracing the ancestry of the local people to Alexander and others believing the original inhabitants migrated from the Gilgit area which is now under Pakistan’s control. The village has its own culture and language which is quite unique from the rest of Ladakh which can also be visible from the distinct physical features of people. The village is also rich in flora and fauna with a river flowing across the valley on which the local population depends for its daily uses.

The Homestay

This homestay is the only house that is open to guests in the village. It is one of the first houses while one enters the village. The homestay was opened by Sangay Punchok to encourage local tourism in the village giving travelers an opportunity of exposure to the Aryan culture. The house is situated right in front of the river and has five rooms for guests. It consist of 5 guest rooms. 2 rooms come with attached toilet and 3 with a common one.

The host is quite passionate about his culture, he has created a museum in his old house which defiantly worth a visit.

Location: Centrally located in the village.
No. of Rooms: 5, Total Capacity: 10

Know your Host

Sangay Punchok along with his wife Kunzan Diskit runs the homestay. Sangay Punchoki is one of the 7 local lamas from the village. Apart from hosting guests, he travels across different monasteries. Sangayi is an enthusiastic person who loves to host and interact with the guests. He loves to talk about the local culture. In his spare time, he looks after his farms and crops.

Food

Kunzan manages the kitchen. She prepares various local delicacies like Skyu, Thukpa, Chutagi, Momos etc. using ingredients fresh from the farm. She can prepare some other dishes as well on request.

Facilities

Attached Toilet • Organic Food  •  Parking  •  Running Hot Water

Activities

Hiking  • Farming  •  Camping  •  Heritage Walk

Tariff

Per Person: 1000/- (common toilet)
Per Person: 1200/- (attached toilet)
Includes: Breakfast and Dinner

Child Policy
Upto 8 year: Complimentary (no extra bed)

Note: What you pay for a homestay, brings a direct socio-economic benefit to locals. Be proud by not asking for a discount.

Points of Interest

Dokpo River • Aryan Heritage House • Old and New Monastery

Excursions

Lamayuru (76km) • Alchi (98 km) • Kargil (103km) • Suru Valley (193km) • Zanskar (350 km)

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