Explore your fascinating surroundings and set off on a guided walk through a local village in Ladakh. Interact and engage with the friendly people, and gain insight into the system of farming, which focuses on the concept of sustainable living. With each family’s crops reliant on access to water, the main responsibility of the goba (village headman) and churpon (village water overseer) is to ensure that each of them receive an adequate water supply that meanders from a network of channels funnelling glacial melt. Watch as the villagers prepare their food using local produce, taste their delicious fare, and discover more about this little-known people and their traditions.
Other suggested local experiences include:
• An audience with the lady oracle, or an interaction with a monk/scholar who can throw light on local socio-economic culture, religion and current politics.
• A visit to Ladakh Arts and Media Organization, a centre for conservation of Ladakhi culture and arts.
• A cultural evening with archery and traditional dance presenting the different tribes and regions of Ladakh.
• Witnessing a Monastic Festival that pays homage to saints, the evolution of Tibetan Buddhism or the creation of a monastery. Immerse yourself in a festive atmosphere of pilgrimage and ritual dances that provides great social entertainment.