Have you seen 3 Idiots? If not, which world are you living in? Rancho School was first seen in the climax scenes of the movie 3 Idiots and rose to prominence. If you wish to visit here, this feature lists the essential things you must know.
Featured in the Bollywood movie 3 Idiots, which the majority of people around have watched, Druk Padma Karpo School is an educational institution in Ladakh. Also called Rancho School after it got famous, this Buddhist cultural school has also won many awards for having a unique and creative study curriculum.
Located in the Shey village, close to Shey Palace and Monastery on the Leh-Manali highway, you can visit this easily on your Ladakh trip and experience the “3 Idiots” moments. Locals take great pride in this school which promotes Buddhist tradition and philosophy.
Despite being located in a cold desert like Ladakh, Druk Padma Karpo School imparts education of international standards to the children of this Himalayan region and those of nomadic tribes.
Though tourists call it “Rancho School,” locals call it by its original name. An interesting fact about the school is that Karpo means “white,” and Padma means “lotus” in the native Bodhi language.
So without wasting any more time, here’s everything you need to know about Rancho School.
When did Rancho School come into the limelight?
Druk Padma Karpo School is one of the top institutions in Ladakh. It came into the light after the climax scenes from the movie 3 Idiots, starring Aamir Khan (Ranchhod Das or Rancho) and other movie actors, were filmed at this school.
The scenes were shot in September 2008, and the movie was released in December 2009, after which the school became a tourist hotspot. Pangong Lake had a similar fate. As a result, some scenes from the movie’s second half were shot at this lake, making it popular.
The movie became a super hit and played a massive role in boosting Ladakh tourism as thousands of people from around the world came to see this beautiful place. The searches for “Rancho School” or “3 Idiots School” shot up on Google.
And now, it is called the Rancho Wall or “The Idiot Wall,” where young students gave “Chatur” an electric shock.
What to expect on your Rancho School tour?
A 15-minute tour at Rancho School Ladakh will let you explore the classic Rancho Wall and the school premises. But be careful, it is a school, so you have to maintain decorum. Besides, you will find a Rancho cafe and a gift shop within the school grounds to sit and enjoy the mesmerizing mountain views.
The wall where the scene was shot on the campus was featured in the movie’s last scenes. “Chatur” was the character’s name who tries to urinate at the wall in the scene but gets an electric shock from two kids with a wire and a bulb from the 1st floor.
You can witness the Rancho Wall decorated with graffiti displaying the electrocution of Chatur. Tourists visiting here click pictures in front of the wall and pose like they’re peeing, similar to the movie.
A world-class school
Besides being a tourist hotspot, Druk Padma Karpo, or Rancho School, has been honored with many national and international awards. This is because the school has a leading-edge eco-friendly design that helps in the extreme weather conditions of Ladakh. Apart from this, many NGOs at the national and international level raise funds for the school where they study in Ladakhi and English languages.
The Druk Padma Karpo Educational Society manages the school, which goes on regular construction with the help of international architects.
Rancho School Timings and Fees
Rancho School’s timings are from 8 am to 6 pm with no entrance fee. You are expected to visit here and explore peacefully without causing hindrance to students’ studies.
Do you need permission to visit Rancho School?
No, you do not need any permit or permission to visit Rancho’s School in Ladakh. But there are some things you must remember while visiting this school as per the school’s management and tips for Leh Ladakh in general.
- Druk Padma Karpo School is not a tourist attraction where you can go in masses. Due to its popularity, this school has allowed tourists to visit this eco-friendly state-of-the-art campus. So it would help if you remembered this.
- Do not make noises, talk loudly, or play music, as the students will get disturbed.
- Avoid taking photographs of the students and teachers.
- Also, do not litter.
How to reach Rancho School?
This school is about 16 km from Leh’s center. You can reach here in like 20 minutes on the Leh-Manali highway. The school is located in Shey Village, near Shey Palace and Monastery. So book a Ladakh trip covering Shey Palace and other attractions.
What is the best time to visit Rancho School?
The best time to plan a trip to Rancho School is from mid-April to October, as the weather is pleasant.
Rancho Wall was destroyed in 2010 because of flash floods, and a similar wall has been built in the corner of the school grounds. If you are a fan of the 3 Idiots movie and wish to recreate the scene with your gang, book Ladakh tour packages at the best prices with Indian Holiday. Include a Rancho School tour with Shey Village nearby for the full experience. For more information, connect with our travel experts.