JOURNEYS BY HLB
Himalayan Luxury Bivouacs is a destination which caters you exceptional journeys and facilitates you to experience a new life into the womb of ‘The Great Himalayas’. It is indeed a piece of paradise with warm and overwhelming hospitality. Your stay with us could be an exclusive one and a wonderful experience for lifetime.
NATURE AND VILLAGE JOURNEY
At 3300 metres above sea level, Shey is one of the Oldest Civilisations situated on the banks of River Indus. Village Shey is an Ancient Capital of Ladakh and has a breath taking panoramic view of Thiksey monastery, Stok Kangri, Ladakh Range & Shey Palace. Along with our local scouts you could step into a beautiful village walk across the river and can truly feel the nature with your naked eyes. Experiencing the rural Ladakh, lush green farms, poplar & willow trees, Cattle Rearing, fresh air, chirping of birds, traditional architectural Ladakhi homes and much more would be a boggling go through.
A place most of you visit only in an Atlas. In a time that wasn’t measured by cuckoos that sprang out of clocks. In a silence that was sometimes punctuated by Howling winds and gushing streams. Sunsets and Shanti go hand in hand. In a world that had nothing to do with yours. Seems like the reason enough to be here.
Experience organic dining with us from dusk to dawn. We provide fresh food from our own garden & farm. A healthy morning with Ladakhi butter tea or freshly brewed coffee with locally baked bread and butter.
Freshly grown fruits [apples, apricots, sea buckthorns (Ladakhi berries) & walnuts] vegetables, herbs and organic dairy products are used by our chefs.
The staple food of Ladakh is Sku and Thukpa (made of wheat flour), Pava (made of sattu) and khambir (local bread), Momos and tsampa are well known as Ladakhi ngampe (roasted barley flour). Barley is fermented to make a local wine called ‘Chang’.
Our Live Kitchen & Barbeque aimed at inducing local and global cuisines.
In the southeast of Ladakh, lies the expansive Changthang plateau and here live the nomadic pastoral tribe ‘Changpas’. The Changpas live at an average altitude of 14,600 feet. Life for these nomads is an unending caravan, with people moving from one place to another along with their cattle and other belongings, to set up makeshift shelters in this exotic landscape. Amidst the rugged mountainous terrain with a brief season to grow anything, these ‘northerners’ or ‘Drukpa ‘in Tibetan, move along with their sheep, goat, yak and horses. Survival in this high ground that is snow covered for 8-9 months in the year is centered on livestock, rearing of animals, consuming and selling the produce milk, hair, meat.
Unlike other nomadic pastoralists, Changpas do not move from one climatic region to another, rather they move short distances within the same zone. Migratory routes are established over years with campsites identified at vantage points. Acutely conscious of limited grazing season of 4-5 months, they are simultaneously harvesting grasses for storage when the frost sets in.
In the Nomadic Experience, you can enjoy the unique experience of interacting with the Changpa tribe inhabiting in the breathtaking natural beauty of Changthang plateau. A walk back in time, during which we witness a way of life that has not changed for centuries. It is a true journey in the classic sense, traversing remote areas to visit remote people.
Although one does not have to be ordained as a ‘Monk’ to follow the path of the Buddha, the monastic life can be most conducive to the practice of meditation. It is a life relatively free from the worry of worldly cares and distractions. One has the opportunity and environment in which to live a life-style that the layman cannot experience.
To become a monk requires conviction. To remain a monk requires patience and understanding.
These attributes can be cultivated and will arise naturally with the development of meditation. The life of a monk has its highs and lows and requires constant effort. There are always periods of discouragement, but with the right attitude and a balanced view of one’s emotional changes, one will learn from the difficulties that arise and gain understanding. Time spent as a monk will be a valuable and rewarding experience.
The monkhood experience offers anyone the opportunity to experience the life of a monk firsthand enabling you to spend time with a monk at the monastery. A visitor of the monkhood experience can participate in the daily activities of an actual monk. One can join in such activities as prayer services, food offering ceremonies, meditation, teachings etc.