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A Place That Smells Like Home – Tukchu Home Stay in Leh


Staying at Tukchu Homestay was the highlight of our trip to Leh-Ladakh. It’s a perfect reflection of home sweet home.

What do you crave for after a long journey? I long for the real comfort of my home.  As a traveller, I have realized that as much as we enjoy travelling, there’s nothing like coming back home. We all ache for home while we are away. There’s a reason why Laura Ingalls Wilder said “Home is the nicest word there is.”

I’ve been travelling for years now and it largely involved staying at hotels and resorts where you get the services in quite a professional way as long as you’re willing to pay for those services. It’s not that I don’t enjoy staying at hotels. But flavor of homestays is sweeter. Finding a second home in the places you travel would make you love travel even more. Isnt it?

One of the most sane thing we did on our trip to Leh-Ladakh was to choose a homestay over a hotel.

The day I chose Tukchu Homestay for our stay at Leh, I was hooked. Staying with the native host gave me an opportunity to experience local life in all its classicism. The first hand learning you get about the culture, traditions and people of the region you are visiting is noteworthy.

Utterly narrow lanes alive with traffic lead to Tukchu Homestay. Shanti Stupa adds the charm to the otherwise featureless entrance.

Shanti Stupa as seen from Tukchu Homestay.

But as one walks inside, the spacious outdoor patio with a small garden steals the show. The best thing about the place is its positive vibes.

Cute Little Garden Area…

Tukchu is run by warm-hearted and kind Mr. Tashi and Mrs. Skarma Gyaltsen. It has an awesome local ambience. They’ve changed their 100-year old home into a masterpiece. Spacious, spotless and warm rooms with a beautiful view of apricot mountains of Leh will keep your yearning for home at bay. Gyaltsen’s beautiful abode and its environ provide a welcome relief from the chaos of tough journey to Ladakh.

Our room filled with sunshine 🙂
Inviting living room.

If you love reading like me, beautiful and cozy reading corner is sure to feed your senses. You have all the freedom to choose any book and sit all day pouring over books with a cup of masala chai or filter coffee. Indulge yourself as you do at your home. But resist that urge to read all day because obviously you don’t want to miss out on the beauty of Ladakh (The reason you’re here!)

Dining hall is really the heart of the house with authentic aura and lovely traditional floor seating arrangement (baithak). Colossal glass windows in the dining hall showcase the beauty of Ladakh while you relish yummy, traditional food cooked lovingly by your host.

Lovely Dining Area!

We were floored by the simplicity and humbleness of Mr. Tashi. He took great care of our pet who wasn’t well while we were busy exploring Ladakh and gave us a handmade map of the places worth exploring which guidebooks really don’t stress upon. We skipped some of the attractions that internet sites recommend (as a part of their business) and explored places suggested by our kind host. It was worth it and why not when no one knows the place better than the local people.

Unclothing the uncharted places and living through the authentic culture is the essence of travel. Staying at Homestays allows you to touch the soul of travel.

Home like comfort, good food, warmth, long conversations over a cup of “adrak wali chai” and people waiting for you with welcoming smile when you come back after a tiring expedition…would you ask for more!? All that at great tariff! BLISS!

Beginning of a beautiful friendship. Mr. and Mrs. Tashi with kids.

I loved every bit of our stay at Tukchu Homestay. My daughter and my friend’s daughters gave handwritten thank you notes to Mr. and Mrs. Tashi which they pinned lovingly on their appreciation board. Of the many accommodations that I stayed in during my travels, Tukchu Homestay was the hardest to leave. Even going out to explore the most favored destination like Leh seemed to be difficult. All we wanted was to laze around in serene environs between meals and cups of tea 🙂

We bade goodbye with a promise to come back soon.

Getting there:

Tukchu Homestay is just below famous Shanti Stupa in Leh.

Address: Changspa, Just below Shanti Stupa, Leh

Phone: 09622985005




850 per adult / 500 per kid with extra bed per night (with breakfast)

This is what we paid. Tariff varies depending on the dates of stay.


150 Rs. per person per meal (lunch/dinner)

If you want to experience something special and beyond usual; Tukchu Homestay is a perfect place for you!

P.S. All opinions are my own and anecdotes are straight from my heart. I make or share recommendations genuinely based on my personal experience and to enhance the travel experience of my readers.

Anjali Chawla
Anjali Chawla
Reader. Writer. Blogger. Traveller. Learner.

38 thoughts on “A Place That Smells Like Home – Tukchu Home Stay in Leh”

  1. Gosh that place looks absolutely stunning. As a travel enthusiast myself, I’m really glad I found such eye opening blogs like this one. Loved it

  2. This home is so beautiful. I am sure that it was much better than staying at a hotel. I’m glad that you had a wonderful stay.

  3. First of all what a magical place to be having a holiday! We love stay aswell. The price is lower for a better experience! One get to have a little insight of how the local are leaving and we help the local people by staying with them!❤️

  4. I love it, Most wonderful pictures, and you really caught the light from the right angle. red tables are my favorite thing

  5. Your experience sounds lively. I started travelling when my sone was 9mths old and habe never thought about a homestay. What a great idea. Thanx for sharing

    1. You should definitely try homestay next time, Stephanie. Homestays are the best if you really want to get into the skin of the place you are visiting 🙂 I’m sure, you’ll love it.

  6. Wow beautiful. Traveling too much can be lonely. You often miss the comforts of your own home and family.

  7. Leh is must visit place. I certainly have to do a nice home stay. Very well written blog. These words are really amazing “Unclothing the uncharted place” .

  8. Such a beautiful homestay. And wonderful hosts. I have heard a lot about the hospitality and warmth of people in Leh. When I travel there, I will definitely prefer staying in a homestay

  9. Why have I not been to Let yet 🙁 All your posts and pictures are self-inviting me to Let. 😀 You definitely had a lovely stay there, I’d love to have a dining area like that in my house.

    1. I hope you get to visit Leh soon, Aditi 🙂 You know, when I first saw that dining area, I had the same thoughts! I too want to have this kinda dining area in my home 🙂

  10. Your Tukchu homestay looks cozy and authentic. Those colorful dining area is really stunning and I would like to have dinner in this type of dinning area. You are lucky to have home cooked Ladhakhi food.

  11. Symple and nice . It’s good idea to find a place to stay away from home but feel like home . This place look amazing with outdoor interior. I like the relaxing chairs and treble who set under the threes

  12. What a wonderful place to visit! Everything about it seems so welcoming. Especially that they took care of your pet so you could venture out. I always think how someone treats animals is a true test of their character. The the kind of people you want to do business with over and over again! x

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