The village offers the visitor two gonpas, 8 kilometres of meandering fields, homes and medieval ruins dating from the time when Sabu was the capital of Ladakh in the 14th century. It is a complete village with traditional medical practitioners (Amchi), farmers, monasteries and a nunnery, and above all, the seat of Ladakh’s famous oracle, the Ayu Lhamo.


Our library and museum houses a vast collection of information useful to any interested researcher. The library has hundreds of books relating to Ladakh, Tibet, and the Himalayan world. These include the personal collections of Mr. Nawang Tsering Shakspo, who has attended dozens of international conferences throughout the world, beginning in 1982 and who has been the head of the Jammu & Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages for over two decades. The library includes rare dissertations, papers and articles from scholars, past and present. The museum includes items collected throughout Ladakh, focusing on traditional utensils, costume, religious and folk musical instruments.


The former head of Jammu and Kashmir’s Academy of Art, Culture and Languages in Leh. For over 30 years, Nawang has played a crucial role in the rejuvenation of cultural studies and folk traditions throughout the region. Through his writings and role as editor and cultural ambassador for Ladakh, he has helped spread knowledge of his native land and has encouraged generations of scholars to study its many faces. He has authored many books, including A Cultural History of Ladakh and Ladakhi Culture through Song and Dance.

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The Ladakh Solitarian is situated in the quiet village of Sabu, 5 km from Leh. It is the nearest village from the capital of Ladakh and well connected to the main roads of the region. Nevertheless, it offers the traveller an opportunity to take in Ladakhi village life in the beautiful surroundings of the Khardong-la and Digar-la mountains. Regular bus service connects Sabu with Leh and Choglamsar. The guesthouse can also provide transportation as needed.