We will begin the walk from the top of Chutay Ranthak, where the traditional water mills were located. This site supplied flour to the residents of the town of Leh, including the bakeries. We will then walk through the bakers’ street to the main west entrance gate of the Old Town of Leh, called Sta-go. As we walk under the stupa that adorns the gate and enter the Old Town, we will get an experience of stepping into the past. The scene changes vividly as one walks through the labyrinthine narrow pathways, passing old houses with intricate woodwork, places of worship and forgotten ruins. Each space has an interesting narrative from the past as well as an account of its contemporary usage.
As we go on this journey, we will discuss myths, folklores and music to make the walk interesting and alive. We will talk about the several important and colourful personalities who lived in the Old Town, and their contributions to Ladakh. My passion for conducting this walk stems from the fact that I have worked as a tour guide in Ladakh during my college days, and I cherish my memories from that time. While working at the LAMO Centre, I got the opportunity to explore the Old Town and initiate the heritage walk that we will undertake. This is truly an experience that enables me to relive my own past memories that I hold close to my heart, and gives me an opportunity to share it with others, so that we can all learn a little more about our rich heritage.
This heritage walk is free.