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Offbeat Ladakh - Traditional Community Villages

Explore Ladakh through the rural lens

Ladakh, the Land of High Passes, is famous for its rugged mountains in the high altitude desert land. It is located in the highest altitude plateau region of India - much of it being over 3,000 m. It incorporates parts of the Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges and the upper Indus river valley.

Whether you've ever visited Ladakh or not, you'll have definitely heard of Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake, right? The two most famous hotspots of Ladakh, and why not? They are magnificently beautiful with their uniquely serene landscapes.

But do you know that there is so much more to Ladakh than just scenic landscapes & adventure activities? There are numerous hidden & neglected villages in Ladakh which hold the road to authentic Ladakhi customs and traditions, culture and heritage, people and community, and so much more!

Our NotOnMap team has spent months working extensively to identify and develop these community villages under drastic conditions. We have conducted various sessions on sustainable tourism and hospitality management to train the local community and the families in welcoming you warmly into their homes and showcase their culture and lifestyle to you in the best possible way.

NOM Community Villages in Ladakh


Takmachik is located at an altitude of 2878 m (9500 feet) above sea level. It is the first village after Khaltse on the approach road to Domkhar and situated opposite the road leading to Kargil via Dah-Hanu belt along the Indus river. Described as the first Eco-Model Village of Ladakh, popular by First Organic Village of Ladakh, Takmachik is known for its authentic Ladakhi food and traditional culture. The village is full of Apricot trees and blooms in the month of April.


Located at an altitude of 3648 m (11970 feet) above sea and 65 km from Leh, Likir has been declared as a Crafts Village by the Government of India. Likir is known for its traditional pottery practices and unique art & craft forms, which is an important source of livelihood for them. There is a famous Likir Monastery which can be reached through a beautiful trail down the hill.


Located at an altitude of 5177 m (16,788 ft) above sea level in the Changthang Valley, Shara village existed from the 17th century at the time of king Singay Namgyal. The village is divided into three wards i.e Shara, Sharnose and Phuktse. Ladakh's famous Yak is available in the village and interested visitors can take a Yak ride.

Come & Explore Ladakh Beyond the Known! We'll show you a Ladakh that has really been seen, in its most raw and remote form

Are you ready to explore such raw & rustic locations in Ladakh which have rarely been seen by the outside world before?

Book your Impactful Experience at Ladakh NOM Community Villages with us.