Jammu and Kashmir
Overview:- Considered one of the earliest villages to have emerged and developed in the valley, Hunder in Northwestern Ladakh lies close to the India-Pakistan border. An exciting five-hour drive, crossing Khardungla, the highest motorable road in the world, transports one to this bewildering world of sand dunes, crystal clear waters, and surprisingly green patches of fields. Receiving visitors in large numbers, Hunder is fairly big and has around 150 houses in addition to guest houses and camps in the adjoining areas. However, only a few offers stay in their very modest dwellings along with home-cooked Ladakhi food.
Dhora House is a quiet wonderland in the lands of might dunes. The landscape facing the confluence of Shyok and Nubra rivers is the natural habitat for sea buckthorn, wildflowers, and desert wildlife. The house has been planted with poplar, willow, apricot, and apple trees, along with vegetable gardens. It commands a 360-degree view of the Karakoram mountains, the sand dunes, and the Nubra river. There is a beautiful flower garden in the front and a huge garden of vegetables in the backyard of the homestay from where fresh vegetables are used for meals.
Stay:- Dhora house is a well-maintained traditional Ladakhi home with only one room for the guests. The room has a direct view of the dunes and trees. The family is very hospitable and loves when guests are open to different activities. The community hall type kitchen is where you eat your food with the family itself. During winters it will get chilly here, even the house is made of mud; we urge you to be aware of the climate whenever you are traveling to Hunder valley.
Food:- Simple home-cooked Ladakhi food is served. From traditional firewood Dal Chawal to Mom Mok. Please don’t expect any fancy food as this is not being served here. You can also participate in cooking and learn some recipes from Ladakh.
Experiences:- Dhora House is the best to experience the local lifestyle of people from Hunder. Engulf yourself in organic farming, not those dancing way but old traditional way. The people of Dhora house will make you understand their lifestyle, how they grow crops and how they cook them. So what you eat is what you pluck. Learn the way to cook Mok Mok while listening to old stories from the dunes. If you feel too homely then take the village walk and see the tourist town in a different way like you never heard of. And still, if you aren't satisfied that go to the dunes we bet those double hump camels will make you feel happy.
How to reach:- Nubra Valley can be easily reached from Leh City. It is at a distance of about 150 kms from Leh and can only be reached by road via world’s highest motorable pass, Khardung La.
Nubra Valley’s closest airport is situated at Leh and is known as Bakula Rimpoche Airport. It is also one of the highest commercial airports in the world. From Leh, one has to take a cab, tempo traveller or a state run bus to Nubra Valley
The nearest railhead to Nubra Valley would be at Jammu Tawi, which is around 750 kms away. In order to reach Nubra by train, one has to first travel from Jammu to Leh and then from there to Nubra.
Leh City is well connected by road to Nubra Valley. One has to take the route via Khardung La, world’s highest motorable pass to reach Nubra. Leh City is well connected to Srinagar, Kargil, Manali and Delhi.