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Dha Hanu, Leh Ladakh Overview

The villages of Dha (also called as Dah), and Hanu are amongst the only few villages that are home to the Drogpa tribe of Leh. The tribe, which is different from the Ladakhi tribe found in the rest of the area are quite hospitable people. The Drogpa are culturally, racially and linguistically different from the rest and are said to be the only living descendants of the original Aryan (Indo European) race.

Dah Hanu villages are a must visit for those who are interested in cultural diversity. The Drogpa tribes are known for their distinct ornaments and head gears. The villages have been visited by countless photographers who absolutely enjoy clicking photographs of the people of this tribe.

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Best Time to Visit Dha Hanu

During summer, it is quite hot in the villages as temperature rises to 40 degrees Celsius. The best time to visit is between June to October.

Accommodation in Dah Hanu

Dah and Hanu don't have hotels or guesthouses. However, many tourism companies do offer tented accommodation.

Food At Dha Hanu

Given the fact that options for food are scarce and choices almost absent, apart from the tribe's food culture, there isn't any specific or much-known cuisine or specialities at the village. There aren't any restaurants in the area, hence it is crucial to make personal arrangements or carry your own food, and in good quantity, especially if you are here for more than a day.

Dah Hanu Itinerary

Landing at the Leh airport, the villages of Dha Hanu are 163 kms away. It is a beautiful route to travel to the valley and you can either hire a vehicle or go in your own. A permit is needed to enter Dha Hanu, which can be easily acquired from Leh. Spend the night here, amidst distinct and diverse livelihoods, cultures and values to remind you of the mystery India is. From here, you can head to nearby areas of Alchi and Likir. You may also travel to the Suru Valley and Zanskar.

How to reach Dha Hanu

  • Air: Leh is the closest air port to Dha Hanu

  • Rail: Jammu is the nearest railway station, which is about 734 km from Leh. Since Leh does not have railway station train travel is not possible. Tourists will wither have to take a bus or hire a cab both of which will take approximately 2 days to reach Leh.

  • Road: Dha Hanu is 163 kms from Leh. You can also rent cars and drivers. Dha is 40km from Khaltse on the Leh - Srinagar highway.

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