Jigmet’s homestay of Shingo village is one of the most beautiful stays in Ladakh. Jigmet and her husband have made it an ideal location for you to make it your temporary home away from city life.
The homestay is located at a small village Shingo that has 3 households. It’s a beautiful village inside the Hemis National Park and the solar energy-based homestay is promoted by Mountain Homestays initiative to improve livelihood among women in this village.
The villagers are all Buddhism followers and very humble people. You can experience the local Ladakhi culture and folklore here. The villagers sing ancient songs and perform the traditional dance during festivals.
Tea is available almost the entire day to keep you warm (kept in a local thermos). And you get various types of food from local Ladakhi to north Indian, Chinese, eggs, omelets, sandwiches and whatnot.
Local barley drink called ‘Chhang’ can also be made available during dinner if you place an early request.
The homestay has a great view of the entire village and the mountains around. Some unique natural structures on mountains are also worth checking out. Behind the homestay are beautiful farms where our owner grows wheat and other vegetables. Also, there is a small green-house in the backyard where she grows vegetables.
There is a small monastery in the village and also few Buddhist Stupas which are very old. A river stream flows through the village. Under the afternoon sun, you can take a bath in the stream or meditate at the sound of water.
There are plenty of hiking trails that can be explored from here, one of them takes you to the high altitude Ganda-La pass, at 16000ft. This is a steep climb for adventure lovers, and beyond Ganda-La is another of our green village called Yurutse where you can experience another unique homestay. Another hike downhill is towards village Skiu through a valley gorge.
The homestay is in Hemis National Park which is the largest protected wildlife area in India and home to some elusive species like the snow leopards and the Ibex, apart from various other small mammals and birds. You can take any of the 2 alternative routes to travel to Shingo, via Skiu (easy) or via Yurutse (difficult). There is ample chance of spotting a lot of wildlife on these routes.
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Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India