We all are fond of cafe and enjoying the meals on our favourite cafe, but in Ladakh this cafe is one of it’s kind, as this ice cafe here serves Maggie and masala tea to it’s customers.
On the weekdays, the café would receive about 100 customers, but the weekends saw that number jump to around 700. Rising customer demand and making these hot beverages inside the ice structure did have consequences though. The ice had begun to melt.
All proceeds from the café were spent giving 90 elderly residents from Gya a one-day tour/pilgrimage to Buddhist monasteries across the Stakna, Matho, Stok, Spithuk, Shey, and Thiksey areas of Leh district.
This ice café was set up inside a giant ice stupa, which Sonam Chosdup, Nawang Phunstog, and Jigmet Tundup had constructed for a competition started by Sonam Wangchuk in October 2018 as part of the Ice Stupa Project of Ladakh.
A path-breaking idea, which was conceived to solve water scarcity problems in this cold desert, aimed to freeze millions of litres of water in the form of ‘ice stupas.’
This is really a innovative idea to save water and feed hungry stomach of the tourist in Ladakh.