Lying just 19 km away from Leh, Thiksey is a must visit destination if you are looking to find all the elements that make Ladakh unique. A barren desert under your feet, snow capped mountains as a backdrop, might Indus river passing by and a monastery’s view to behold, Thiksey has it all. Thiksey is widely popular in and around Ladakh due to the ancient monastery built in 1430 AD. It is considered to be the largest monastery in Ladakh. The 12-storeyed monastery is home to around 120 monks. There is one big statue of Maitreya (future Buddha) which covers almost two floors of the monastery that is 40 feet in height. One can visit the monastery and climb to the terrace to enjoy a 360 degrees view of the valley.
The homestay sits amidst lush green farms of various fruits, crops and vegetables. It is an excellent stay for someone looking to enjoy nature’s serenity along with a traditional Ladakhi living experience. It is located at a walking distance from the Leh-Manali highway and can serve as a nice stop over away from the hustle bustle of Leh town. You can walk down to the bank of the Indus river that is just a few kilometers away. The homestay has 2 double bed rooms; one with attached bath, one with adjacent. There is another large room with mattresses for big groups to crash in for the night. Enjoy the sunset view on one side and the Thiksey Monastery on the other side from the window of your room.
Location: 1 km from the Thiksey Monastary.
No of Rooms: 3; Capacity: 10
Single Person: 1300/-
Double Occupancy: 2300/-
Extra Person: 850/-
Complimentary: Breakfast and Dinner
Upto 6 years: Complimentary (No Extra Bed)
6-12 years.: 50% (Extra bed provided)
Note: What you pay for a homestay, brings a direct socio-economic benefit to locals. Be proud by not asking for a discount.
Parking • Hot water • Organic food
It is the versatility of Dolma, Nawang’s mother’s cooking that sets the place apart from any others. She can cook a wide range of meals for her guests. It includes traditional Ladakhi staple dishes like Thukpa, Momos, Thentuk, Skyu to other North-Indian as well as continental dishes. And be assured of the quality of food as the veggies or most of the material used in cooking is 100% organic and free from chemicals or pesticides.
Biking • Hiking • Farming • Village Walk
Thiksey Monastery • Shey Palace • 3 Idiot School (Druk Padma Karpo School) • Stakna Monastery • Indus River
Matho Monastery (12 km) • Stok (17 km) • Leh (19 kms) • Hemis Monastery • Chushul (183 kms) • Tso Moriri Lake (202 kms) • Pangong Lake (204 kms)
Nawang thought of opening the homestay a few years back. Travellers coming to Thiksey either stayed in lavish hotels nearby or went back to Leh after completing a day tour of Thiksey. With very few homestay options available, he thought it’s a good idea to host travelers from all around the world. Nawang’s family help him run the homestay. The enriching cultural experience is what you can look forward to.
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