Monastery Homestay at Lingshed

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Stay in an ancient spiritual village

Buddhist Heritage & Lifestyle

Live a Buddhist lifestyle where a Tibetan Monastery oversees the village since thousand years

Why we love this homestay?
  • Buddhism rooted since centuries
  • Village blessed by Dalai Lama
Lingshed Homestays

Lingshed is in the Zanskar region of Ladakh in Indian Himalayas. It is home to the most magnificent and 2500-year-old monastery that is one of the prime pilgrim for the locals. Life in the village revolves around the monastery. Morning prayers, climbing up to light up oil lamps in the monastery, going around prayer wheels, and ending the day with reading scriptures are parts of every villager’s daily routine. Once a year, the whole village and monks of the monastery gather to unveil Yamandhaka which is the main deity in the monastery. 

Homestay features
  • A free responsible traveller’s kit with a towel, toiletries, women's hygiene products and sanitiser and a local trail mix of sundried summer fruits and nuts!
  • Himalayan Tourism Information Server
  • Traditional, eco-friendly dry toilet
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Solar powered homestay with no power cuts!
  • First-aid
Your host - Tsewang Dorjey
  • Warm, authentic hospitality
  • Knowhow on Lingshed's built-heritage
  • Languages spoken - Ladakhi, Hindi

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Lingshed Homestay is a community-run homestay where the host families share the opportunities to host the visitors of their village. Dorjey is the local coordinator in Lingshed who assists the guests to settle in the homestay, arrange a visit to Lingshed Monastery and take them around in the village. Each house is well-equipped with comfortable bedding and provides freshly cooked meals.

Enjoy organic local food!
  • Local specialities - Mok Mok and Thukpa
  • ‘Organic’ local food
  • Dining area with traditional kitchenware

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The hosts serve delicious local Ladakhi delicacies tweaked to suit all palates, along with a standard spread of roti, dal, rice, and vegetables. A true farm-to-table experience, all vegetables are organically grown in the village! Please inform us in advance though, if you have any specific requirements or allergies.

Explore the unexplored!
  • Lingshed Monastery heritage in the village
  • Local Tibetan festival in the monastery
  • Trekking trails from the village

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Lingshed Village is located in the Zanskar Valley which was the origin of Buddhism when it spread from Tibet to Ladakh. The monastery built in the village is 1000 years old and since then it has been an important part of the local lifestyle. The village celebrates many big local festivals where they unveil the deities present in the monastery. During one of these festivals, the holy Dalai Lama had visited and stayed in the village. Avid trekkers can plan a 5 days trek from Lingshed to Padum in Zanskar Valley or from Lingshed to Lamayuru.

What it includes?

Overnight stay
Breakfast, Dinner
Village tour
Traveler’s kit
First aid facility

What it excludes?

Any personal expenses
Transportation to village
Additional Meals – Lunch
Visa/Travel insurance
Room service fee

Is this Homestay right for you?

Are you choosing this homestay because you need some time away from your urban life? Does living in a mud house in the mountains truly excite you? If your answer is yes, start packing your bags now! You might not get uninterrupted internet here, but you’ll be far too busy exploring the most breathtaking, most unseen corners of the trans-Himalayas, to miss your Twitter feed and news updates. The greatest luxury here is spending your days under a bright, blue sky at a beautiful mountain destination, getting freshly cooked organic food for every meal, and swapping stories with locals, who open their doors and hearts to you!

Hear from communities

  • 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.

    Tsering Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host - Sumda Chun
  • 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.

    Rigzin Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host - Photolalok
  • 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!

    Tsewang Dorjey
    Astropreneur - Maan
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