The Druk Padma Karpo School shot to fame and became a ‘do not miss spot’ for tourists who visited Leh, after it featured in the Aamir Khan-starrer ‘3 Idiots’ in 2010.
However, after nearly a decade, the school has decided to raze the ‘Rancho Wall’ and ban entry of tourists as the authorities felt it was becoming a distraction for students. The wall was shot in one of the last scenes when notorious character, Chatur, tries to urinate on it and gets electrocuted by an ingenious invention of school children. The school later painted it as the ‘Rancho Wall’ which became a picture spot for tourists.
“The movie gave a lot of publicity to the school and it became a must visit for the tourists visiting Ladakh. However, we realised that the purpose of having a school in the area was getting defeated. Not only students were getting distracted by the tourists flocking the school but also every day the campus was being reduced to a litter ground,” school principal Stanzin Kunzang told PTI.
“Inspired by the vision of His Holiness the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, spiritual leader of Ladakh, the school aims to provide modern education for Ladakhi children – an education grounded in their own culture and which could prepare them to lead happy and productive lives,” Kunzang informed the news agency.