Homestays Reviews

A Place That Smells Like Home – Tukchu Homestay in Leh

By Anjali Chawla  

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 traveler, I have realized that as much as we enjoy traveling, 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 traveling 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 the flavor of homestays is sweeter. Finding a second home in the places you travel would make you love to travel even more. Isn’t it?

One of the sanest things 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.

Outside Tukchu Homestay

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.

Garden Area Tukchu Homestay

Cute Little Garden Area…

Tukchu is run by warm-hearted and kind Mr. Tashi and Mrs. Skarma Gyaltsen. It has an awesome local ambiance. 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.

Bedroom Tukchu Homestay

Our room filled with sunshine 🙂

Living room Tukchu Homestay

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!)

The 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.

Dining Area Tukchu Homestay

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!

Mr. Tashi with kids at Tukchu Homestay

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.

Food at Tukchu Homestay

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 for my readers.

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  • Reply
    August 22, 2017 at 5:16 am

    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

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      Anjali Chawla
      August 26, 2017 at 7:30 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Nawal! I appreciate it.

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    August 22, 2017 at 6:00 am

    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.

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    Saint Facetious
    August 22, 2017 at 10:05 am

    It’s certainly a lot easier to soak in the local atmosphere with a homestay. Sounds like yours was lovely!

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      Anjali Chawla
      August 26, 2017 at 7:33 am

      Absolutely! It’s easy and insightful too.

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    August 22, 2017 at 10:16 am

    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!❤️

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    dunja kacarevic
    August 22, 2017 at 10:35 am

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

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    Careonskin (@careonskin)
    August 22, 2017 at 11:15 am

    It looks like you found jackpot on where you have stayed. Accommodation is an important factor too of travelling.

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      Anjali Chawla
      August 26, 2017 at 7:35 am

      It was quite like a jackpot 🙂

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    August 22, 2017 at 11:35 am

    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

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      Anjali Chawla
      August 26, 2017 at 7:38 am

      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.

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    August 22, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Tukchu Homestay looks like a great place to visit. I will give it a try and add on my Bucket list!!!
    Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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    August 22, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Such a beautiful post left me speechless in the end. Place looks fantabulous

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    August 22, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    A truly gorgeous place to travel. I really enjoyed the pictures.

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    In and Out of Vegas
    August 22, 2017 at 8:12 pm

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

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      Anjali Chawla
      August 26, 2017 at 7:40 am

      True! Staying in a homestay can soften the homesickness.

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    Jeff Bishop
    August 22, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Great post, this sounds like the best way to travel!

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    Laura Dove
    August 22, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Wow that dining area is stunning! It is so full of character and so inviting, the whole house looks like I could just move in tomorrow and feel at home.

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    August 23, 2017 at 3:51 am

    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” .

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    Neha Verma
    August 23, 2017 at 9:21 am

    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

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      Anjali Chawla
      August 26, 2017 at 7:43 am

      Thanks, Neha! I’m sure you’ll love homestay experience!

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    Rhian Westbury
    August 23, 2017 at 10:34 am

    It makes such a difference staying in somewhere which feels more like a home as you feel more comfortable x

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    August 23, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    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.

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      Anjali Chawla
      August 26, 2017 at 7:45 am

      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 🙂

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    August 23, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    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.

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    Jen S
    August 23, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Homestays are wonderful. I really like that AirBnB has made it much easier to find one while traveling.

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    Sreekar Harinatha
    August 24, 2017 at 5:39 am

    Places like Leh need no intro. It should be everyone’s bucket list, especially if you are a biker!

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    Ami Rose
    August 24, 2017 at 9:54 am

    This looks like such a lovely place to stay. A home from home. So cozy! The weather looks lovely too.

    Ami xxx

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    Made Adayasa
    August 25, 2017 at 1:01 am

    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

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    August 25, 2017 at 8:27 am

    That place looks so beautiful. A perfect place to stay away from home.

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    August 25, 2017 at 8:31 am

    A true heart account of the homestay, ably supported by some really well shot pics. I have earmarked this to be checked out on my next trip to Leh!

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      Anjali Chawla
      August 26, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Thanks, Shalini! You should definitely check out Tukchu homestay on your trip to Leh. I’m sure it’ll be an authentic learning experience for you!

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    Kentaro Tanaka
    August 25, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Seems like a nice and cozy place to visit! The residences look very accomodating. Must have been a fun group trip to experience.

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    NoBlandMakeup (NoBlandMakeup)
    August 26, 2017 at 4:38 am

    I have to agree, the best way to get to know a culture is to stay with the people. That dining area is amazing! I love the colors 😁

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    Ali Rost
    August 26, 2017 at 6:56 am

    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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      Anjali Chawla
      August 26, 2017 at 11:03 am

      Thanks, Alison! Yeah, absolutely. I mean we were also awed by the way they took care of our pet!

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    August 27, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Thank you

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    September 1, 2017 at 4:27 am

    Thanks for sharing this information.
    I’ll recommend this tukchu stay to my friends who will be visiting Leh next time.

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