Reliving our @projectzbayul journey with @roots_ladakh ❤️ Year 2/ 2018 – After a really nice workshop in Year 1 - see previous post 😊 - we started planning our way forward with the community in Henasku. By then, we had started thinking about creating a space that would bear testimony to the past glory of Henasku, be a permanent repository for the local community to learn about their history and double up as a unique cultural experience for travellers thereby leading to an additional source of livelihood for the community. With this in mind, we curated travellers who were journalists, artists, designers, film-makers and architects. We spent a week with the community documenting their lives and history through sketches, photo and video and built a special rammed earth wall made from local material to officially announce ‘Project Zbayul – Henasku’ at the National Highway point. We conducted meetings with all 3 village hamlets, discussing their needs and aspirations and mapped 22 homes that could potentially become homestays. Our most special feedback that year came from Jigmet, one of our hosts who spoke of how much she saw of the world while sitting in her home and interacting with her guests, and from Krutika and Pritika, who told us they had stayed in similar village homestays before, but through our project they felt they were part of the entire village community and not just one single home! FUN FACT – We celebrated 2 birthdays that week - one of our travellers and one of our hosts. We celebrated with 2 cakes – one locally made halwa cake and one from Kargil, and 2 parties – one where all the local kids showed off their song and dance, and another where all the ‘Acheys’ came with their home-brewed ‘chhang’ 😬 @krutika.b @thesuburbanlocal @ghana_nb @nummmzzz @lightsonfilms @earthling.ladakh ,Rohan & Rahul – thank you for a very special week and for helping us structure our documentation so beautifully! ❤️ @chatterjee.antara and @kargil_pa More fun updates in stories & Project Zbayul highlight!