Dah (also known as Dha) and Hanu are two villages of the Brokpa of the Leh District of the Indian union territory of Ladakh. Until recently, these were the only two villages where tourists were allowed to visit out of a number of Brokpa villages.

Dah Hanu
Twin Villages
Dah Hanu is located in Ladakh
Dah Hanu
Dah Hanu
Location in Ladakh, India
Dah Hanu is located in India
Dah Hanu
Dah Hanu
Dah Hanu (India)
Coordinates: 34°36′N 76°30′E / 34.60°N 76.50°E / 34.60; 76.50Coordinates: 34°36′N 76°30′E / 34.60°N 76.50°E / 34.60; 76.50
Union TerritoryLadakh
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)

The Dard people of Dah Hanu are nominally Buddhist but also worship their own animist pantheon of gods. They converted to Buddhism in the mid-nineteenth century.[2] They have an Indo-European appearance in contrast to the predominant Tibeto-Mongol inhabitants of most of Ladakh.[3]

Dha and Hanu are two villages situated in the Dhahanu valley, about 163 km northwest of Leh in Ladakh. Being at a lower altitude, Dha and Hanu is warmer than Leh, allowing for the cultivation of wine-grapes and cherries as well as apricots and walnuts.[3]

"Some households still practice polyandry...it is the groom who pays the bride price. Women have rights of divorce."[4]


  1. ^ "Villages | District Leh, Union Territory of Ladakh | India".
  2. ^ Nicolaus, Peter (2015). "Residues of Ancient Beliefs among the Shin in the Gilgit-Division and Western Ladakh". Iran & the Caucasus. 19 (3): 201–264. doi:10.1163/1573384X-20150302. ISSN 1609-8498. JSTOR 43899199.
  3. ^ a b "Dha Hanu route intro". www.himalayabybike.com. Archived from the original on 22 August 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  4. ^ "The Sunday Tribune - Spectrum". www.tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 27 September 2015.