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The word Spituk means exemplary. With a calming view of 11th century Spituk Monastery which is home to over 100 lamas, the homestay is located in a quiet and peaceful neighborhood alongside the mighty Indus River. Situated at a distance of 15 minutes from Leh airport the homestay is easily accessible by road. With Indus River and the Spituk Monastery as its backdrop, this charming village also acts as a key point which connects some of Ladakh’s most popular attractions — Leh City, Sangam (confluence of Indus and Zanskar river), Thiksey and the most recent addition to every intrepid traveler’s bucket list, Markha Valley situated at Hemis National Park.
Your host is a native of Spituk village and is well versed with the Ladakhi culture and stories of the village and history of Ladakh. After retirement she now spends most of her time learning about new people and places while following her passion of hosting guests from all over the world in her newly built homestay along with her husband. The couple maintain a high standard of cleanliness, prepare organic local dishes, and are a powerhouse of local knowledge.
The hosts serve delicious local Ladakhi delicacies tweaked to suit all palates, along with a standard spread of roti, dal, rice, and vegetables. The freshly cooked meals are served in a typical Ladakhi dining space with a beautiful collection of crockery on display. 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.
Although it’s planted along a popular tourist trail, Spituk is full of hidden wonders. The Spituk Monastery is famous for its Gustor festival held at Gompa every year in the month of January. Spituk Monastery is a fine example of ancient heritage. It is one of the few houses on the banks of Indus River where one can explore the nearby hiking routes leading to old part of the village. The central part of the village is a fine example of Ladakhi ancient architecture where mud houses are clustered together, and locals perform their daily activities.
– Overnight stay
– Dinner, Breakfast
– Story telling session by host
– Additional meals including Lunch or snacks
– Transportation to the village
– Village Tour (experience available for additional charges)
– Tailored Experiences (additional charges)
– Heating at the homestay
Are you choosing this homestay because you need some time away from your urban life? Does living with locals in the mountains truly excite you? If your answer is yes, start packing your bags now! This is also a place where your perfect place for workation ends. Good phone connectivity, stunning views from your room, meditative village vibes make it a perfect place follow healthy work routine. 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!
I enjoyed Spituk a lot. The family was really very fabulous. The Spituk Monastery was absolutely gorgeous. My favorite thus far. Really enjoyed the walk and picking the fresh mustard greens. Exactly what I like!