In a small village, about 45 minutes driving from Leh, lies the intimate Nimmu House. This small retreat once was the residence of a cousin of the King of Ladakh, but is since 2012 converted into a boutique property with 5 rooms and 7 comfortable tents.
It is a perfect place to unwind after a Ladakh-trip, to explore the cultural heritage of the Indus-valley or to get used to the altitude of Ladakh. The nearby Nimmoo Village is the perfect example of a Ladakhi mountain village with apricot orchards, green terraced fields and flocks of sheep crossing the sleepy streets.
The story of Nimmu House
Nimmu House was built about a century ago by a Ladakhi nobleman. The old house had more than 40 rooms including two Buddhist Temples, large stables and a big orchard. As the family was not able to preserve the house due to lack of funds, a local entrepeneur and two French tourism professionals offered the family their support in 2012 and saw an opportunity in renovating the old noble house, converting it into an intimate ecological heritage resort.
A team of traditional construction workers, interior architects and art historians, worked for years on the renovation. The hard Ladakhi winters interrupted the work every year for several months. Bit by bit, the doors of this charming jewel opened, renovating more rooms year by year.
Nowadays Nimmu House is one of the finest Heritage Boutique Hotels in the Indian Himalayas, offering a unique chance to experience the Ladakhi lifestyle, to relax and to visit the cultural gems of the Moonland.
What to do in Nimmu House ?
Nimmu House is probably the best place to acclimatise when arriving in Ladakh. Most people fly in at 3500m, but Nimmu House is on a bit lower altitude: 3100m. To get used to the altitude, is essential for a succesfull Ladakh-trip, so why not head straight from the airport to Nimmu House for a couple of nights?
The House itself is worth visiting as it is probably one of the best preserved noble houses of Ladakh with a traditional kitchen, yak-stables, a meditation hall and a Buddhist temple. The organic garden provides all the ingredients for the healthy meals served for lunch and diner.
It's central location makes Nimmu House a good base to explore the different monasteries of the Indus-valley on (half) daytrips. Likir, Alchi and Lamayuru are nearby and places like Hemis, Thiksey and Leh can be reached by reasonable drives.
There are plenty of nice walks to make from Nimmu House, to explore the village life and through the beautiful Ney Valley. A short car transfer brings you into the Sham Valley where longer walks from 5- 6 hours can be made.
Rafting is possible on the nearby Zanskar river that joins in the Indus in Nimmoo.
There are several inhouse activities like cooking workshops, mountainbike rides, private picknicks, etc..
Nimmu House organises daily yoga-classes or complete multiday meditation- and wellnessretreats.
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