DAY 5: NOMADIC WOOLLEN MILLS & BON APPETIT, Leh, Ladakh, India
In the main bazaar of Leh, there were many stores selling pashmina goods but we were told that most of them were imported from China. We wanted to find a store which sold genuine Ladakh pashmina so we went online to do some research until we found Nomadic Woollen Mills. Different than other textile and souvenir stores that we found in town, the interior decor of Nomadic Woollen Mills was minimal and contemporary. At the time of our visit, they were setting up a workshop right next to the retail store. We met Nawang, the founder of Nomadic Woollen Mills at the store. After some leisure chat with Nawang, we were glad to learn more about the story of the store and the making of the Ladakh pashmina. With a selection of hand woven and machine-made products from the region, Nomadic Woollen Mills may easily win the hearts of pashmina lovers who come to Ladakh to look for the traditional Kashmir woolen shawls.
Another great found of the day was Bon Appetit, a French restaurant and lounge recommended by our guidebooks. The restaurant was hidden away in a lane south of the busy main street of Changspa Road. We sat at a table in the patio under the setting sun. With a view to the surrounding mountains, the warm fire from the outdoor torches brought great ambience for the evening. The restaurant’s menu was simple but we appreciate their dedication to using local and fresh ingredients. We started with a bottle of local beer and Kashmir apple juice, then came the comforting savory herb chicken and chicken kabob.
Nomadic Woollen Mills was located on the first floor of a building with a window display facing the main bazaar.
The interior decor of Nomadic Woollen Mills was simple and modern.
The store has a selection of both hand-woven and machine-made products.
We were invited to visit the little workshop right next to the retail store.
The traditional weaving machine on display.
The outdoor patio of Bon Appetit.
View from the patio of Bon Appetit.
We spent a great evening at the patio of Bon Appetit.
Indian beer Kingfisher and Kashmir apple juice.
Chicken with herbs.
As the night fell, the torches lit up the patio.
The clay oven for tandoori chicken at the open kitchen.
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Other posts on 2016 Ladkadh & Delhi:
Introduction – LADAKH – The Land of High Passes, India
Day 1.1 – ENROUTE TO LEH, Ladakh
Day 1.2 – WALK TO MAIN BAZAAR, Leh, Ladakh
Day 1.3 – LEH PALACE, Leh, Ladakh
Day 1.4 – HOTEL LADAKH GREENS, Leh, Ladakh
Day 2.1 – NAMGYAL TSEMO GOMPA, Leh, Ladakh
Day 2.2 – LALA’S CAFE AND TIBETAN CUISINE, Leh, Ladakh
Day 2.3 – SPITUK GOMPA, Leh, Ladakh
Day 3.1 – MONASTERIES OF THE INDUS VALLEY DAY ONE, Ladakh (with map)
Day 3.2 – THIKSEY GOMPA, Indus Valley, Ladakh
Day 3.3 – CHEMREY & TAKTHOK GOMPA, Indus Valley, Ladakh
Day 3.4 – HEMIS & STAKNA GOMPA, Indus Valley, Ladakh
Day 3.5 – MATHO GOMPA & SHEY PALACE, Indus Valley, Ladakh
Day 4.1 – ON THE ROAD WEST OF LEH, Indus Valley, Ladakh
Day 4.2 – LAMAYURU GOMPA, Indus Valley, Ladakh
Day 4.3 – ALCHI & LIKIR GOMPA, Indus Valley, Ladakh
Day 4.4 – FORT ROAD IN THE EVENING, Leh, Ladakh
Day 5.1 – SHORT HIKE NEAR PHYANG, Ladakh
Day 5.2 – PHYANG VILLAGE, Ladakh
Day 5.3 – NOMADIC WOOLLEN MILLS & BON APPETIT, Leh, Ladakh
Day 6.1 – ZINGCHEN GORGE, Ladakh
Day 6.2 – SHANTI STUPA, Leh, Ladakh
Day 7.1 – LEH AIRPORT TO RED FORT, Delhi
Day 7.2 – RED FORT, Delhi
Day 7.3 – JAMA MASJID, Delhi
Day 7.4 – FAREWELL OLD DELHI, Delhi
Day 7.5 – UNITED COFFEE HOUSE, New Delhi