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Experience Ladakh

The landscape, culture and history of Ladakh has inspired many a traveler and Shel is the perfect base from which to set out on this wonderful adventure. Whether it is a slow picnic by the river that inspires you, or the majestic art and history of the monasteries, a wander in the wild or a stroll exploring the many aspects of life here, we have something for everyone...

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A day at Hemis

One of the largest Monasteries in the region, a visit to Hemis Monastery is a great way to learn about the history of Ladakh as well as the growth of Buddhism in the region. Once you have visited the museum and the various temples within the complex, take a hike up the path that leads up to the meditation caves behind the Monastery. Extremely scenic and meditative, this is a great way to explore the area as well as immerse yourself in nature.

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Thiksey Morning

Morning prayers at Thiksey Monastery are an exhilarating way to start the day. Open to visitors, this is an experience not to be missed specially since the location of the Monastery is ten minutes from us.  Listen to the deep sound of cymbals and chanting as they echo within the temple walls. If early mornings are not for you, go for the panoramic sunset views from the rooftop.

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Shey-day

Inspired by the Shey Palace, Shel is an ode to this architectural marvel. Before the capital of Ladakh shifted to Leh, Shey was the seat of power in the region. Located at the axis of several important Monasteries, it played a crucial role in terms of location. Saunter around the village and discover the many historical facets this ancient capital holds within its' winding village roads.

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Pangong Tso

Depending on the condition of the roads and the time of year you visit, Pangong is definitely a top to-do on your trip to Ladakh. Being located outside the main city means a small reduction in the duration of the journey to this wonderful, unreal, high altitude lake. 

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Birding

The Shey Marshes are considered one of the best spots for birding in Ladakh and our proximity to them means front row access to some wonderful sightings. Wake up to birdsong and head out on a gentle hike for a glimpse of the migratory birds that visit us as well as the endemic population, some of whom reside within our grounds.

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Alchi & Saspol

A short climb in the village of Saspol up the meditation caves will leave you breathless but this hike has views that are truly breathtaking. Within the walls of the caves ancient paintings, nearly 3000 years old are well preserved and depict various stories about the growth of Buddhism. After this head over to the Alchi Temple complex which has some of the most beautiful paintings that have been painstakingly restored and maintained. 

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Perfect Celebrations

As a result of our secluded location and exclusive guest per stay policy, we are able to cater to personalised celebrations that bring your special day alive. Be it a soiree among friends, a landmark birthday or even just a non-occasion dinner, we are happy to customise menus, decor and anything you may need. Add to this our stunning views and you have yourself an experience that you and your guests will never forget.

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Mokmok and more

Learn the tricks and tips of making the perfect momo or mokmok as it is locally known. A short session on cooking local foods with our chef, this one is sure to generate entertainment as you try and perfect the deceitfully easy shape of a traditional momo. 

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Picnic

Picnics form a large part of family life here in Ladakh. Pack a lunch or evening snacks and head out to a spot near the gushing Indus for a day out in the sun. Swim, sleep and generally unwind as the cool breeze from the river soothes you and the birds wheel in the sky above. 

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Festivals

The various annual festivals held at the different Monasteries across Ladakh are a great way to experience the rich culture of the region. From masked dances to stories enacted by performers, the colours, textures and divinity in these festivals is definitely a once in a lifetime experience to be witnessed.

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Seasons

Every season in Ladakh is a painting in different hues. From the Apricot Blossom covered pink mountains of April, the lush, neon green of spring, the bright red, gold and yellow of Autumn to the cold blue of winter, each season is a stunning display of nature at its best. 

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Tso Kar

One of the highest salt water lakes, Tso Kar makes for a great day trip from Shel. This region is known for its' biodiversity and bird life. It has recently been designated a Wetland Complex and being off the beaten track is an ideal way to explore the vast open spaces of Ladakh. 

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Get in touch with us to plan your Ladakh itinerary and experience things that are off the tourist trail.

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