Stay in the Hemis National Park
Stay in the Hemis National Park
The homestay is located in a small village Shingo which has just 3 households. The villagers of Shingo village have always been living here with the most pristine Himalayan ranges around the village and the rare cold desert wildlife living there. Over the years, they have developed a way where the people are safe and even the wildlife is preserved. It’s a beautiful village inside the Hemis National Park and part of one of the main hiking trails of the park. Its location and the warm hospitality make it a perfect spot to spend a night.
Digzin Dolkar and her family have been living in the Hemis National Park for many generations. Their main occupation is farming and everyone in the family is very much aware of the local wildlife. During your stay, interact with her to hear about local folklores in which they express their respect towards these animals and nature.
You will get to eat the most genuine version of Thukpa and Momos in the village. If you are not comfortable with the local food, you can always eat Dal, Rice, and vegetables grown organically in the village. The rich sources of Vitamin-C, Leh Berries, are found all across the valley. We advise you to mention your dietary preferences beforehand so the host can arrange the best possible alternatives.
Shingo village falls on one of the popular trekking routes of Hemis National Park. During core winter season, one cam spot the wildlife around the village. The trekking routes going through this village extend to Ganda La Pass (4900 mts), Skiu village & Markha Village where a beautiful Markha Monastery is situated.
First aid facility
Any personal expenses
Transportation to village
Additional Meals – Lunch, Dinner
Room service fee
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!
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!