Wanla Riverside Homestay

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Stay at the Riverside Homestay at Wanla

Stay at the Riverside Homestay at Wanla near the banks of the Yapola River

Why we love this homestay?
  • 10th Century Monastery
  • Riverside Homestay
Wanla Homestay

Wanla village, situated on the route to Zanskar via Shinku La, graces the banks of the Yapolo River with its breathtaking beauty. One of the prominent highlights of Wanla is the Wanla Gompa, also recognized as Wanla Monastery. This Buddhist monastery boasts a history dating back to the 10th century and holds firm within the Drukpa Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. With its ancient murals, statues, and an atmosphere of tranquility, the monastery carries immense religious significance and draws the attention of both tourists and pilgrims.

To immerse yourself in the local culture and stories of this area, opt for a stay at Wanla Homestay. Here, you can experience the authentic way of life by residing with the locals in a comfortably semi-luxurious village home.

Homestay features
  • Complimentary breakfast & dinner
  • Hot water from Solar Water Heater
  • Clean towels and Linen
  • Solar Powered Home
  • Local curated meal
  • Indian Style Toilet
Your host – Sonam
  • Warm, authentic hospitality
  • Knowledge about farming and grazing
  • Languages spoken - Ladakhi, Hindi

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Sonam, a homemaker, dedicates her days to tending to her cattle and managing her farm. Her enthusiasm for connecting with individuals from diverse backgrounds and learning about various cultures has motivated her, with the full backing of her family, to welcome travelers from across the globe into her home.

By staying with Sonam, you’ll have the opportunity to delve deeper into the tales of Wanla and explore the rich history of the region, all while immersing yourself in the authentic Ladakhi hospitality she extends to her guests.

Enjoy organic local food!
  • Local specialities - Khambir, Momos and Thukpa
  • Farm to Table Organic food (On demand)
  • Dining area with traditional display of kitchenware and ceramics

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The families of Wanla village have brought innovation to their local farming too. To decrease dependency on the market far away from the village, locals have started growing the vegetable and fruits at their backyard. The newly built greenhouses are helping to make a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables available for guests as well as locals.

Treat your palette with local food while you stay at the Wanla River Homestay

Explore the unexplored!
  • Visit the Centuries old Wanla Monastery
  • Spend a day outing at the Wanla River with your family
  • Meet the mushroom farmer growing mushroom at 10000 ft

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Exploring Wanla village is an endeavor that cannot be completed in a mere day. Renowned for its ancient 10th-century monastery and a myriad of skilled local artisans, the village boasts a tapestry of distinctive wonders. Additionally, an enterprising young individual has recently ventured into mushroom farming, cultivating these fungi at an impressive altitude of 10,000 feet above sea level in Wanla village. A visit to his farm will provide you with insight into the unique challenges and techniques associated with farming at such a lofty elevation.

Last not but the least, your Wanla experience also includes, spending a leisurely day beside the Wanla river, basking in the warm embrace of the sun while gazing at the awe-inspiring Himalayas. Consider arranging a picnic by the river, and please don’t hesitate to let us know if you’d like us to help orchestrate this unforgettable experience for you.

What it includes?

Overnight stay at a semi luxury homestay
Curated Local style Breakfast and Dinner

What it excludes?

Picnic besides the Wanla River (On Demand)
Any personal expenses
Transportation to village
Additional Meals – Lunch
Extra activities – Village Walk, Visit to the Monastery (Arranged on demand)

Is this Homestay right for you?

Are you choosing this homestay because you need some time away from your urban life? Mountain Homestays has established a unique concept of Carbon Neutral Homestays in the most pristine terrains equipped with all the requisite comforts required for the tourists. The homestays are conceptualized to provide comfortable stay to the tourists keeping the local culture and traditions intact. Choose Mountain Homestays on your next visit to experience the true village life along with contributing to the local economy

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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