Eco Resort India: Tsermang in Ladakh

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In the lap of nature, ensconced in the luxurious comforts of tented accommodation, experience eco-friendly tourism in Ladakh. Tsermang Eco Camp in the heart of Ladakh is the first unit of Nomad’s Land camps. The camp site is spread over 300 metres by the banks of the Indus River and surrounded by thick sea buckthorn bushes which has berries and begets its name from them, known locally as ‘tsermang’.

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A ten-minute drive from Leh, gets you to the camp site and a bridge adorned with fluttering prayer flags welcomes you, just ahead of the camp. The enchanting view on the other side is worth the time and effort — clear blue skies, the enticing Indus River, mighty mountains and crisp air! Eight luxurious tents are pitched on a field of sea buckthorn and poplar trees.

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The identical tents are named after Buddhist Monasteries from the Indus Valley.

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The weather-proof tents are well ventilated and the décor is minimalist yet stylish.

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A large living area has twin beds with comfortable mattresses and the ornate Ladhaki chest at the foot of the bed looks striking against the IKEA furniture and wrought-iron clothes rack.

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The ensuite bath is stylish as well.

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Solar-powered ‘mashaals’ and lanterns are the lighting sources.

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Enjoy the rich flora and fauna as well as the clear sunny weather. Be mesmerised by the many species of animals and some rare migratory birds. Stroll along the banks of the river and be one with nature! Stretch out on a recliner and gaze at the mighty mountains and listen to the music of the river! For the adventurous types, there are many activities in store – feel the adrenalin rush as you ride down the Khardung La on a mountain bike or as you raft down the Indus River. Stok Kangri, the 6000m peak is a 3-day climb. Explore the picturesque surroundings on a Royal Enfield bike. Enjoy a picnic by the side of the musical river which never pauses — even for a split second!

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You can enjoy local, continental and Indian cuisine at Tsermang. Keen to pick up the nuances of local dishes? Join the cookery class.

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The food is fresh and organic produce sourced from local farmers is used. Sample the local tea with Yak butter and salt and local Cambir (Ladhaki hot bread).

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Local craft is promoted by the camp and they provide employment to the locals as well. Water is used judiciously as it is a scarce commodity in these parts. Traditional hot-water buckets are provided for the guests.

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Eco-friendly tourism with frills – that is Tsermang; the enchanting location is their trump card!!!

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“We believe in ecologically sustainable tourism that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation. The resort has been built using only eco-friendly materials and is designed to give people an enjoyable nature-based tourism experience while creating minimal impact on the environment.

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The electricity is provided by solar panels. Hot, running water is provided by gas geyser. After the season, the nomadic camp moves to another lovely place. We ensure that the spot remains unspoilt. And, most importantly, local people are our partners in ensuring the camp’s success. They have been trained in all aspects of running the resort—from housekeeping, maintenance and cleaning to cooking, serving food and drinks. Well, even decorating your room with the fragrance of fresh-cut flowers.”