Property Review : Woody Vu House, Stok ,Ladakh

Best place to relax mid trip and convenient base for Stok Kangri trek.

 

The location is perfect. Conveniently located 25 minutes from Leh, Stok village is a popular pit stop for people doing the Stok Kangri trek. Stepping into the village is like going back to the 19th century when nature was beautiful, people were happy and things were simple.

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The property has 6 rooms with 3 suites – Willow,Khardungla (master suite with amazing views of the Khardungla) and Apricot suite.We stayed in the lovely apricot suite. The decor of rust and yellow colors used in the room is inspired by apricot trees instantly took away all the tiredness of the 6 hour journey from Nubra for us.

 

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You can enjoy the sunrise in Stok village from the luxury and comfort of its king size four poster bed. Apart from sunrise you can see sunset on Stok kangri, view of Thiksey monastery, Khardungla Pass, Leh city and Leh palace on a clear day.

 

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Common seating area , library and game room.

 


THE SERVICE

 

There is no formal reception desk , but the staff is always available to make your stay comfortable. This place is serviced by one Nepali chef, one manager -Nyma and some staff. The staff works during the season in Ladakh and moves to moderate climes in the harsh winter. All of them have been in the hospitality business and know how to make your stay memorable. The team is 24X7 available almost like a butler service.

 

During our stay, there was a family with a senior citizen who had to stay back at Woody Vu during their Pangong trip. The staff slept with the senior citizen and made sure he was comfortable as it wasn’t possible for him to go to Pangong.

 


THE FOOD

 

The chef discusses your culinary taste when you arrive and customizes accordingly. There is a well lit and colourful sitting area, a typical dining, great rooms and the best views from the room windows. Meals are a 3 course affair with soup/starter , main course and dessert.The Nepali chef cooks spicy Nepali fare on request like the spicy potato bhaji. Its a delight to enjoy local cuisine as well as popular delicacies like masala dosa and chole bhature all under one roof.

 

All meals are simple and wholesome, using fresh produce from adjoining farms and stables.

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The dining room

 


 

THE FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES ON OFFER

 

Woody Vu House offers the following activities to make most of your stay there .

Indoor: A library and game room , Books about Ladakh and himalayas.

Outdoor: Guided tour of the monasteries of Hemis , Thiksey , Shey. Visit to the Stok Palace

For us it was all soaking up the apricot-scented air, enjoying the good food and hiking upto the stream in the evening.

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Stok Palace
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Evening Walk in Stok Village

 


 

WHAT STOLE THE SHOW?

 

Amazing setting of orchards and Ladakh’s landscape with delicious food. Best place to acclimatise , relax and learn about Ladakhi culture. It is a far cry from dusty lanes of Leh City and will give you exactly what you came for.

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View from the terrace

Now that you are convinced, let us bring you up to speed with the practicalities. Know more about Woody Vu house

 

Getting there

The property is in Stok and 25 min drive from Leh Airport/ Leh City.

 

Hole in your wallet

Expect to pay around Rs 6500 per night for the room inclusive of food.

 

Internet / Television

There is no TV in the room and Wi-Fi signal is available on the terrace and house.

 

What else

– this is a family guesthouse , do not expect 24/7 room service or an elaborate ala carte menu.

– Be prepared to relax and enjoy the simple life

 


The author of this article only profiles properties he has visited and where he would like to go again, without blinking an eye or changing anything about it.  Author paid for himself, during the visit. Any property is reviewed on five parameters, which are:

Setting :- The property needs to have its own personality.
Service: I like being looked after,  without the staff being intrusive.
Food: Has to be sumptuous, even if there are limited options.
Facilities: No minimum requirement but should have basic comforts that should add to the character of the place.
USP: There has to be one unique quality, which makes it different than the other offerings out there.

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