In case you wish to attend the early morning prayers of Thiksey monastery (20 kms from Leh; about an half an hour’s drive from Leh) and wish to stay near the monastery, there is the Chamba Hotel within the monastery premises. It is owned and managed by the Thiksey monastery.
At Tangste (Durbuk), roughly 30 kms short of the Pangong Lake, you may stay at ‘Dothguling’ Guest House and Restaurant. This is the hotel that the Bollystar, Aamir Khan and the crew of the Hindi film, ‘The Idiots’, stayed during the shooting of the movie.
We had a very pleasant stay at this Hotel, the room was neat with an attached bath. Hot water was only available from 6 Am to 8 AM, more often than not we'd leave without using it! Considering the extensive travel we were undertaking this was a good hotel to stay in, the owner arranged for all our permits without too much fuss, the vehicles were also arranged through him. We retained our bookings for all 8 nights so we could conveniently leave most of our luggage behind. Very safe, none of our items went missing or anything. No power back up, nice apple trees in the garden. Food is expensive so I'd advice eating elsewhere.
we stayed one night in Ladakh resort called sarai,excellent service with economic value stay.Great camp like rooms with all possible amenities ,we were overwhelmed by their service.
The rest of the stay was in Indus guest house which was right in the market area.
Everything around the corner.The owner is not very friendly but the view from the room was great,mountains with snow peaks.we paid Rs 700 per night.
I didn’t have a booking when I arrived to Oriental Guesthouse, but I was lucky to get a room in A Block. The rooms in A Block are the cheapest ones and I paid Rs 200 (July 2010) per night for the room with shared bathroom. My room was on the third floor with stunning views of the valley and mountains beyond. In the room there was a big bed with thick blankets, two plastic chairs, two tables and a shelf. There are several shared bathrooms, so there was never a queue. On the second floor there is also a traditional Ladakhi toilet. After checking in I got a towel, toilet paper and when I asked for it a few days later I got a top sheet. The rooms in Block A could not be booked in advance. I was very happy with the room and stayed there for 8 nights.
At Oriental Guesthouse there are three buildings with rooms in three different categories. I wanted to book a room in B Block for the days after my trek, but the rooms (which have private bathroom and cost Rs 450 in July 2010) were fully booked until the end of August.
As I wanted to have a place to stay when I returned from my trek, and also wanted to stay at Oriental Guesthouse I booked a room in C Block for my return. There the room was Rs 1000. If there was a room available in A Block I was going to change, but after staying one night in my room in C Block I didn’t want to change. The room was on the forth floor and had stunning views, two bedside tables, two wooden chairs and a small table in front of the window, cupboards and a comfortable bed. And it was convenient with the bathroom and shower.
Oriental Guesthouse is run by a Ladaki family who have run a guesthouse in their home since 1987. By the reception there is a library, TV-room and computers to use (when there is electricity). There is also a laundry service. I left most of my clothes for laundry, but washed a few things myself in a bucket by the running water behind the house.
The garden is lovely with roses and vegetables. There are two sitting areas outside, one by the reception and one on the lawn outside the restaurant. In the restaurant the food is prepared fresh every day and vegetables from the garden is often used. There is free filtered water available all the time so you can fill your water bottles.
Oriental Guesthouse is situated outside Leh, just below Shanti Stupa. It takes around 30 minutes to walk to down town Leh.
Come this tourist season in March 2010. A unique mordern hotel is coming up in operation.
It is the second in the line after Grand Dragong hotel in Ladakh History. Hoteliers are moving from basic to luxury now.
This morden hotel will have 03 Luxury Suits, 18 Double Rooms and 02 Single rooms. The design is traditonal Ladakh and the interiors are mordern. The hotel has a lift to the third floor which has the best view in entire Leh, to the north is the Khardungla pass, to the south is the Stok Kangri peaks and ranges of mountains, to the East is the Leh Palace and to the North-West is the Shanti Stupa..all uninterpted view!!
The hotel has a terrace garden restaurant, enjoy your meals with a 360 degree view!!
Apart from the usual Indian, Chinese, Continental cuisines the hotel will be the first to serve Thai, Maxican cusines with seafood.
2 of us took a room in this guesthouse in mid Sept. 2009 (which is considered end of season) for a rate of 200/- per day (others weren't ready for less than 300/- ). Room was large and clean with extra blankets provided if requested. Hot water was given in buckets (anytime) or on-tap(only in morning if you haggled with the sole in-house attendant) . However, service was slack with breakfast promised initially while negotiating but later refused. Similarly, hot water was not always prompt. However, the attendant was fairly non-interfering and also accomodated our request to keep our stuff while we visited areas around Leh (Nubra, Pangong). We did not pay for days out of Leh - payment was on actual use basis.
Ample space is inside the guesthouse compound for at most 2-3 bikes. None unfortunately for cars.
I'd say the location - bang on the Changspa road. Lots of good eating cafés around which pick up crowds by 9-10 pm. The Shanti Stupa is also closeby so you can visit it on an early morning by foot.
Overall good value for money, considering its location and large rooms.
A nice Hotel with nice view (south facing rooms). reasonably priced with good staff.
Nice view, good reataurant and a good cybercafe.
In all the places we stayed in Ladakh, and we stayed in some out of the way places, this was the most dirty and lacked hygene the most. Run by a gang of men friends, the touch of a woman is baddly needed. Drinks served in glasses and cups that have already been used, dead bugs of all kinds all over stained sheets, disgusting bathroom for a supposedly A class hotel. Also, the generator let out all its fumes in our room, though we were really tired, we waited up till 23.00 to ask when it would be switched off, in a few minutes was the reply, but we were gased till 1.30 am! Also, while everywhere else the ladakhis are kind and trustful, the hotel manager wouldn't beilieve me that I had paid my bottle of water to one of the others in hotel and asked me at least 5 times if I was sure, in a very rude manner.
Service at this Guesthouse is excellent. There is always tea and some cookies around and you meet a lot of great travel companions in this Guesthouse.
If you choose to eat there, they have vegetables from their own garden.
A view of Stok Kangri and other mountains. It's very quiet in the night but still only minutes away from the main streets of Leh.
One of the best hotel of Ladakh known for its friendly staff and hospitality. The hotel has 35 well funished rooms. The hotel is one of the favorite of "Bolywood people".
The hotel needs to book well in advance as during the season it is mostly SOLD OUT.
Best Management, Best Food and a friendly owner!
An "A" Catergory situated amids the greens of Changspa village. Walking distance from Leh town. The hotel has 19 well furnished rooms, with garden.
The views overlooking the japanese Gompa and the Leh valley are magnificent. Sonam Dumbang and his family run the guest house and most food is home grown. Service is very good and friendly, relaxed.
Traditional Ladakh building style. Ask for the corner room which has a balcony. This room doesnt have on suite however the style of the room - wooden, carved features more than make up for this. Food is traditional Tibetan.
This place is run by a really nice couple, Mr and Mrs. David Sonam. They're well-known in and around Leh, (even some far-off villages in Ladakh!!) for being very fair and very honest, and the rooms are reasonable and the food is excellent! We stayed there for two days, and they cooked us some awesome Ladakhi food, I still can't forget the taste....
Many famous people have stayed at this place. The huge English bird-watcher, forgot his name, he frequents the place in search of birds in around Leh and Ladakh.
Close to the heart of Leh (actually any place is close to the heart of Leh, but whatever!), and they provide the best service, even though they're very affordable.
MUST YOU BOOK A ROOM IN ADVANCE?
The Ladakh season extends from month of May (When hotels starts opening) to month of October (When hotels starts closing down).
During 10-12 June the "Annual Sindu Darshan Festival" festival starts and now a days lots of Movie shootings are taking place and if both consides there may be lake of room. Otherwise the peak season is July-August where I would suggest you to go with a advance booking for a "A" Class choice of hotels and the best Guest Houses.
ALL SEASON HOTELS IN LEH?
Yes there are few all season hotels available in Leh now which remains open during the winter too. The hotels have room heaters but hot water may be served in buckets in some hotels.
The All season hotels Centrally heated:
1. Hotel Lasermo
3. Hotel Spic-n-Span (will install heaters this year 2005)
The All season hotels with room heaters:
1. Hotel Shambala
2. Hotel Omasila
3. Hotel Kangri
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