Hidden Hamlet - Takmachik
Takmachik is a village in the Leh district of the Indian union territory of Ladakh. It is located in the Khalsi tehsil, around 14 km from the Khaltsi and 112 km west of the district headquarters Leh.
Described as the first eco-model village of Ladakh, Tamachik is known for its authentic Ladakhi food and traditional culture. The Student Association for Village Environment (SAVE) -Takmachik is a local organization that maintains cleanliness and hygiene in the village.
The farmers along with organic farming method also promote tourism in the village. Producing tastier and healthier food items, the farmers along with generating a good level of income are also setting up an example for many.
Takmachik has very fertile soil which proves a boon to the farmer because whatever is sown is easily grown. There are two cultivating seasons annually here. The first crop season starts in mid of March and the second in the month of June –July.
Earlier, the variety of productivity was very limited but today, they cultivate wheat, peas, barley, and buckwheat in crops and along with locally grown vegetables like turnip, radish, and cabbage seasonal vegetables like brinjal, capsicum and tomatoes are easily grown. In fruits varieties of apricot and apples, plum, cherries, walnut, and watermelon are grown. The watermelon of Takmachik became famous in Ladakh because of its sugar-sweet watery taste and size.
Apricot is exported outside as per their demand whereas the rest are sold locally.