Organic farming at hight altitude in Ladakh
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Organic farming at hight altitude in Ladakh
Experience the lifestyle of a farmer in high altitude cold desert of Ladakh
Why this experience is unique?
In the extreme north of India, where people live in high altitude cold desert, have developed their own ways of farming. In a small window of 2-3 months, they grow the crops sufficient for the entire year and they do it successfully using traditional organic farming techniques. They grow their staple such as Barley, Potatoes, Peas, and store it using unique local methods. The village infrastructure, local food, and lifestyle have been developed in a certain way to cope up with the harsh climate and terrain. They grow their organic food, store it for a year, and happily share it amongst each other and guests.
Participate in traditional farming practices and spend days eating local healthy organic food. Closely see how does sustainable living really looks like.
We will pick you up from the Leh airport and transfer you to your eco-friendly homestay in Leh (11,500ft). You will be resting today and acclimatizing yourself to the High-Altitude environment amidst the picturesque Himalayan landscape. This day is called the Acclimatization day and is required to adjust your body to the low oxygen levels at high altitude.
Before we step into the villages of Ladakh we would acquaint ourselves with the Ladakhi culture, heritage, and lifestyle. As per your choice, you can pick local places to visit. Hall of Fame, Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Central Asian Museum – these are the places we recommend you to visit. Come back after spending a day doing sightseeing and rest in the same homestay.
Maan Village located besides the Pangong lake is home to 25 families living in the harshest terrains the planet can offer. While on the way to the village visit the Mughleb museum and see through the centuries old artifacts and memories beautifully displayed at a museum. Spend the evening under the starry sky with an Astronomy session at the Pangong Lake.
Today you will have a hands-on experience of farming with the villagers Farming at high altitude requires different skillset and precision. It is an exposure to know how life still exists without technology. The locals get only two to three months of the year for seed sowing and irrigation. Learn about these traditional techniques and participate in some activities like archery and cooking. The night will be spent in the homestay where you may request the owner to share some mountain stories.
Meet the Indo-China war hero during your visit to Merak village. About 40 minutes from Maan, the village is home to several stories surrounding the tense war fought during the 60’s. Soak in the calmness of the Pangong lake away from the crown and in the evening take a cooking experience with your host before retiring into the night.
Travel back through Chang-La back to the capital of Leh. Where you will spend a relaxed evening at the market and retire for the night at a comfortable accommodation at Leh.
6 nights in village at a family run homestay
Breakfast and Dinner
Astronomy and Farming session
All transportation in the destination location
Travel visa and insurance
Any private expenses
Are you travelling because you need some time away from your urban life? Does living a village life in the mud house in the mountains excite you? Are you ready to truly live the local lifestyle? If your answer is yes, take up this experience that will transport you to a different world. You might not get the internet here but you will also not feel the need for it as you will be busy exploring the unique sites, mountain views, and village life. The luxury here is living at the beautiful mountain destination, getting freshly cooked organic food at every meal, and having happy locals offering their warm hospitality.
Guests like to eat our Ladakhi food. They say it is delicious, even when it is prepared by an elderly ama (mother) like me. I always make sure I serve them the cleanest and healthiest food. My husband is a copper artist. When guests leave us, they say ‘Julley’, and hug us. It makes us feel happy.
I became a Mountain Homestay Host in 2018, and I have hosted many travellers since then. Running a homestay has helped me and my family a lot. Not only is the solar set up in our house useful for us, but even travellers prefer to stay in our homestay because of it.
The training we got in astronomy turned out to be a life-changing experience for our village. I felt happy and proud while mapping the position of the planets and sharing the secrets of the universe with the tourists. Tourists told me that even they didn’t know so much about the dark skies!