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Village in Dha Hanu & Batalik

Hanu Yokma

Hidden up a cascading side valley behind Hanu-Thang are a series of other 'Hanu' villages of which the most striking is Hanu Yokma, 8km off the Dha–Leh road. Its most notable feature is a central 'citadel' of old st…
Village in Dha Hanu & Batalik

Skurbuchan

When the monastery at Skurbuchan was founded around 1665, the location was described as lying between three crags that resembled a striped tiger, a blue dragon and an elephant carrying a jewel. While not quite such …
Rock Art in Dha Hanu & Batalik

Domkhar Rock Art Sanctuary

The Indus towards Dha has numerous rock-carved figures thought to date back between 2000 and 4000 years. Many have disappeared into private collections or been destroyed for building stone. However, a selection nort…
Village in Dha Hanu & Batalik

Darchiks

Darchiks is arguably the most attractive of all the 'Aryan Valley' villages, especially when viewed across the river from around Km71.5, where its small monastery emerges through the terraced foliage on a rocky crag…
Village in Dha Hanu & Batalik

Takmachik

Across the Indus from the main Dha road, this attractive old village has declared itself organic, banned pesticides and is using a series of new multilayer tray contraptions to dry its signature apricots. Many more …
Village in Dha Hanu & Batalik

Dha

Dha (pop 250) is the most accessible of the 'Leh-side' Brokpa-Aryan villages. Essentially invisible from the road, the village is made up of stone walls, tomato gardens and dappled light filtering through apricot fr…
Village in Dha Hanu & Batalik

Sanjak

A striking contrast to other Aryan and Buddhist villages along the Indus from Khalsi, Sanjak is a proudly Shiite settlement. Its most useful for its motley collection of tiny shops, which nonetheless offer the best …