LEH’S HIDDEN JEWEL – NOMAD’S COTTAGE, LOSAR
The Brogpas are small community of Dard people residing in the Dha-Hanu valley about 163 kms Southwest of Leh in Ladakh, India. They are a small community and many historians have identified them as the only authentic descendents of the Aryans left in India. Historians say the original Brogpas were soldiers from Alexander’s army who lost their way while returning to Greece and decided to settle in the fertile valley of Leh since it was the only fertile valley.
The Dard tribe has around 2500 members in the three small villages of Ladakh – Dha-Hanu, Darchik and Garkun and are friendly people by nature. They are linguistically, socially, culturally and physically completely different from the people of Ladakh and have fiercely preserved their culture inspite of modern advancements.The Brogpas grow their own food and have their own archaic version of the Shina language which is different from the local language.
Unlike the hilly people of Ladakh, the Brogpas have sharp, clear features and are considered better looking than their hilly counterparts. Because of their cultural and linguistic limitations, the Brogpas are often termed as the Vanishing Tribe of Ladakh, India. Travelers visiting Ladakh can visit the village on their own or as part of tours conducted by local government.