Tashi is passionate about Himalayan civilization – his aim in life is to share Indo-Tibetan culture and its rich philosophy of living with the world.
He descends from a family of Tibetan nomads who lived in the shadow of sacred Mount Kailash. His parents moved to India in 1962 to live on the high plateau of Ladakh, at an elevation of over 4,500 meters. Growing up in the vast Himalayan region and coming from a long line of shamans and amchis, doctors of Tibetan medicine, Tashi has had an affinity for spiritual matters from an early age. When he was 20 years old, he left Ladakh for the first time to study history at the University of Delhi. With a degree, a growing interest in Buddhist thought, and a mastery of five languages, Tashi became an interpreter for Tibetan masters and yogis, traveling with them as a young man across Europe and the USA.
His heart lives in India, where he has worked as an assistant and coordinator for various documentaries and research projects about Himalayan traditions and spirituality. He also became a guide, facilitating the exploration of Himalayan wisdom for Western travellers. In 2005, he continued his spiritual journey by joining a 5-year program created by a Tibetan master, called the Science of Mind and Phenomena. With Stephanie, he continues to study and practice this method of personal development and spirituality in the Indo-Tibetan tradition. In 2008, Tashi received a grant from the Dalai Lama Foundation for Universal Responsibility to stage the photographic exhibition “Nomadic Tibetans in Exile.” He helped Boris Lelong with the research and creation of the CD, “Tibet: Songs of Exile,” which was published in France in 2013 by Buda Musique.
Stephanie has been attracted to spiritual matters – particularly Buddhist teachings – since her early life. At the age of 18, she visited Nepal, where she met her first Tibetan master and went on to divide her time between France and Nepal, studying Western psychology and Buddhist philosophy in parallel.
In 2005, after completing her clinical psychology degree, Stephanie studied psychology and philosophy in the Indo-Tibetan tradition at Sarnath – the sacred Indian city where Buddha gave his first teaching. There she met Tashi and decided to move to India. She is a student of Tibetan and Hindi and follows the path of Buddhist spirituality to this day.
Stephanie and Tashi are involved in various projects promoting Tibetan culture. Stephanie is a keen photographer of Himalayan life and is working on a book about Ladakh. She and Tashi have a five-year-old son and divide their time between Ladakh and Dharamshala.
Nawang is a prominent figure in Ladakh, noted for his knowledge of the region’s history and heritage. He works as a writer and cultural ambassador and is a former director of the Academy of Arts, Culture and Languages in Jammu and Kashmir state. Nawang has devoted his life to the preservation of Himalayan culture and tradition. When Ladakh opened to tourists in 1974, he founded one of its first hotels together with the area’s ecological association. He brings his passion for Himalayan culture to Omalaya by helping to plan our itineraries. He also welcomes our guests to his family home in the village of Sabu, near Leh, where he is happy to share his immense knowledge.
An Overview of Ladakh, Ladakhi Culture through Song, and The Cultural History of Ladakh
Stephanie and Tashi work with a young and dynamic team – locally and abroad – who employ their passion and know-how to provide you with the trip of your dreams.
Each team member contributes to our excellent service – be it organizing and personalizing your itinerary, unveiling unexpected places and unique experiences, accompanying you throughout your time in India, or keeping you updated about your journey details and developments.
Our team prides itself on being attentive and responsive, and constantly strives to improve your experience.