Indus View Guest House Chumathang
Chumathang is famous for the boiling hot sulfur springs by the icy cold Indus River. The road ran along the historic Indus River. The Indus River originates in the Tibetan plateau, runs through the Ladakh district of Jammu and Kashmir and then enters Northern Areas (Gilgit-Baltistan). From there, it flows through the entire length of Pakistan and finally merges into the Arabian Sea near the Karachi. There was a heavy military presence not only this entire distance but also ever-present in Ladakh.
Chumathang is known for hot springs. These springs are considered curative. It is around mid-way between Leh and Tso-Moriri, so if you are traveling from Leh to Tso-Moriri or the other way, it is a good spot to halt for some time for refreshing. The road is good and at Chumathang, the river bed is flat and one can drive to the said flat area to see the hot spring. The hot springs are on the banks of the river.
The large hot spring has some unique features – there is a pit which will be completely empty but if one waits patiently for some time, it will get filled with hot spring water and one will see water bubbling out. The pit will get filled with hot water. After some time, water will start receding and it will take a few minutes to completely get empty. It was a unique experience. Bathrooms for ladies and gents are available to take bath but not at all cleaned. I would advise not to take a bath. You can clean your feet and hands. At the same time will say it was a must visit attraction if you were there.
After visiting Tso Moriri from Hanle, we preferred staying at Chumathang over Tso Moriri because it was much warmer. We stayed in the newly built hotel of Indus View Guest House & Restaurant which was just beside the hot springs and pretty cheap (Rs. 1000 only). One could easily see the uprising steam from the top of springs from the guest house window. The place fixed by Lotus & Padma our driver, at Chumthang. The hotel is situated above the restaurant and separate property. The kitchen and restaurant were 100 mts away from the rooms, run by a local person who was also the proprietor of the restaurant also.
The rooms were being opened for the first time for guest as I have already mentioned that it was a newly built property. The rooms were warm with carpet flooring. The bathrooms were big and had a bathtub. One has to take a few steps to reach the kitchen, where the food was really good. We paid 1000 for the room and 250 per person for the food (1 dinner + 1 lunch).