Outside the fame of being the school featured in the Bollywood blockbuster "Three Idiots," the Druk White Lotus School is now receiving sponsors from abroad to arrange for education of children, including specially abled children hailing from the region's remote villages.
"Out of the 671 students in the school , there are about 200 students from remote areas in the school. Sponsors take care of educational cost of the child studying in the school," says Prasad Eledath, Principal of the Druk White Lotus School.
The school which began to be known as Rancho's school after the character in the Aamir Khan flick has students as far as Kargil, Chilling, Zanskar which are some of the remotest places of the region flocking to get a basic education. For Sunne Yandro, from Kargil district it takes seven hours to reach from Leh to Kargil.
"I want to become a police officer when I am older," she says. There are more such students who trek for two to three days to reach the school or go home from school.
Children who stay in Zanskar trek for 3 to 4 days on frozen river beds, stay in caves and then reach school. There have been incidents of avalanches and frozen river bed collapsing wiping out entire families.