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When i initially heard about Ladakh, i heard of expensive driving trips to Ladakh and steeply priced packages. A lot of that was driven by the movie “3 Idiots”. Before that Ladakh was a remote destination for me.
When I thought about planning my trip, I did not go by travel agencies. Agencies give us no frill experience but then I wanted to do some research and then book everything by myself. I found a place in Airbnb and my host is also a mountain guide.
Since then, I have visited Ladakh twice spending around 40 days and trekking through idyllic villages of the region.
Villages are great options for people who are looking to experience local culture at relatively low cost. Apart from that, some of these villages are remote and cannot be reached by car, so they are less explored and trekking is the best option. One must try to see Ladakh on foot, walking through the mountains and absorbing the beautiful nature all around.
Villagers charge Rs. 1200-1500 per day per person; it includes food, stay and warm blankets. When staying in home stays one has to be mindful of the privacy of the house and should not treat this as a hotel. Amenities around water and electric supply are vary basic in home stays and travellers should be ready to adjust to Indian compost toilets.
Here is the list of 7 such idyllic villages:
The most beautiful and broad valley I have been to. The village boasts of being the low valley with good water supply and is relatively warmer. There a many home stay options here and some can be booked through Airbnb. Seemed like a village with modern touches. The name of the village comes from the Juniper trees that occur in abundance here. Try local salt tea, prepared with butter.