How to reach Dha Hanu valley
You can be reached from both Leh and Kargil.
From Leh, one can take NH1 towards Srinagar up to Khaltsi check post and follow the road on the right side from there on all along the river Indus. The villages that you cross on the way
are:-Domkhar, Skurbuchan, Achina thang, Hanu, Biama, Dha and then 4 kms from there will bring you here.
From Kargil, you follow the road to Batalik crossing Hambuting la, Lalung, Silmoo, Batalik and continuing on the road along the river surpassing Darchiks and 5 kms further will bring you here.
For Indians – no permit is needed while coming from Kargil but while coming from leh, it can be brought from DC office Leh.
For Foreign Nationals & NRI’s – permit is needed from Leh DC office if coming from Leh (@400 per person + 20 per day) & from Kargil DC office if coming from kargil (@300 Per Person). We are in talks with j&k tourism regarding this so that permits can be collected from Leh directly or another easier alternative. We will update you about this as soon as it gets to a conclusion.
Things of Interest in Aryan Valley
The camp lies in the heart of Aryan Valley and so becomes a hub of activities like interaction with the people, their rich culture, ancient beliefs and the cult that they follow etc.
Visits can also be made to community schools, Waterfall, Chakdor, Shamanic Shrines, Dalai Lama’s Photang, small treks etc.
In broad terms:-
There are two museums one in Garkon and the other one in Dha. These museums are housed in ancient buildings, one even dating back to 13thcentury. These museums contain ancient artifacts from the Aryan valley, various tools, granaries, ancient architecture, ancient house decor, a picture gallery, Hand print of Guru Padmasambhava etc.
There are many festivals that the people in Aryan valley celebrate. The most famous among them are Bonona, naa, snula, bee, losar etc. There is an Aryan festival that is organized by j&k tourism in the Aryan valley once in a year.
Besides these, there are many more festivities like marriages, birthdays etc. that are celebrated in the traditional ways in the valley occasionally.
These festivals do not happen on fix dates and are subject to coincidence.
Cultural programmes can also be organized on demand and will be subject to payment.
Visits to various places
Visits can be made to various interesting places that lie in the valley. Local houses, shamanic shrines, community schools etc. can surely add a healthy and positive perspective to one’s life and thinking.
Small walks along the Villages
There are four major villages in the Aryan valley with some more extended portions. These four major villages are extended upto a stretch of around four kms each and can provide a splendid and joyous walk through them. Views of old houses, lush green fields, trees with various fruits and the sight of local lifestyle add to the joy.
How to add Aryan valley in various Itineraries
If coming from Srinagar, a short ride takes you to Sonamarg. Stopping in Sonamarg and taking a walk towards Thajwas Glacier for around 3 hrs after lunch and a night stay there can be ideal for bike riders so that next day a stay can be made in Kargil and the following day at Aryan camp Garkon. Continuing further from the camp next day will lead you to Leh city.
If you are already in Leh, two days need to be taken out or three days if you want to explore Aryan valley better. A drive westwards takes you to Aryan camp Garkon. While going back, you can connect NH1 though Sanjak-Khangral and ride on the highway to Leh.
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