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Cheap Budget Hotels or Accommodation in Leh – Ladakh

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In this first article of the series – Preferred Hotels or Accommodation options in Leh – Ladakh, I am enlisting down some of the preferred places to stay in Leh – Ladakh which are cheap and very economic. If you are looking for a decent, clean and comfortable but cheap or very economic options of stay in Leh – Ladakh then you can refer the list of below guest houses or hotels compiled after reading various resources/reviews of many people over Internet mainly reading IndiaMike and BCMT forums (of course, I cannot stay in all of them :lol:).

Most of these places are ideal to stay even for long time, say months and people indeed have stayed for months in many of them. However, if you are looking for an exceptional in-room service, finest linen, satellite TVs, Internet facilities etc. in a hotel and that too for a price range of Rs 200 – 500 then you must be kidding me, am I right ;)… Well, you may find one or two such services too in the below guest houses but no certainty.

LAST UPDATED: 9th Feb 2015
The article has been updated to match the current prices of most of these hotels or campsites or homestays for the year 2015.

You can check the location of these guest houses which are near by each other at the wikimapia link here.

Cheap Budget Hotels or Accommodation options in Leh, Ladakh
  • Atisha Guesthouse
    Highly Recommended by many, very clean, spacious, hot water till 2 PM. Rooms at 2nd floor are spacious while first floor rooms are small and dark but cheaper. Most rooms with attached bath.
    • Price Range: Rs 400 – 500 for single bedroom, Rs 700 – 1000 for double bedroom w/w/o attached baths
    • Contact: Sh. Tsering Dawa – 09906992187
    • Location: Farka, Leh / Malpak, Leh / in a small lane near Fort Road
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Greenland Hotel
    Recommended – Lovely garden, clean place, tasty food, filtered water to refill, hot water heated through solar between 10 and 5 in evening (or else heated separately in a bucket). Traditional Ladakhi compost toilet. Both Main Market and Changspa road are very near to it.
    • Price Range: Rs 400 – 500 for single bedroom, Rs 700 – 1000 for double bedroom
    • Contact: 01982–253156
    • Location: Changspa Road, Leh / Right Across Asia Guesthouse
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Hotel Padmaling
    Very much Recommended in this price range. Nice, large clean rooms with large clean attached bathrooms. Hot water available in morning. Good parking space. have attached bathrooms but without TV.
    • Price Range: Rs 700 – 1000 for double bedroom
    • Contact: Smt Tsering Angmo – 01982-252933
    • Location: Karzoo, Leh / Near Changspa Road, Leh
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Ashoka Guest house
    Very much Recommended. Clean, good stay, well maintained, a bit inside and no food only tea is available. Close to Leh main market. Hot water is available.
    • Price Range: Rs 800 – 1200 for a double bedroom, Rs 600 – 800 for a single room
    • Contact: +91-1982–252725 / +91-9622976331
    • Location: Tukcha Road, Leh / Off Fort Road
    • Category: Economic / Moderate / Home Stay

  • Julay Guesthouse
    Nice, clean and good accommodation with little garden.
    • Price Range: Rs 400 – 500 for single bedroom, Rs 600 – 900 for double bedroom
    • Contact: Sh. G.M. Sheikh – 01982–251163
    • Location: Farka, Leh / Malpak, Leh / in a small lane near Fort Road
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Seven Seas Guesthouse
    Nice, clean and good accommodation with big, nice garden.
    • Price Range: Rs 600 – 900 for double bedroom
    • Contact: 01982–252830
    • Location: Farka, Leh / Malpak Zangsti / in a small lane near Fort Road
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Irfan Guest House
    Very nice, decent and clean. Good place to stay at this price range.
    • Price Range: Rs 500 – 800 for double bedroom
    • Contact: ??????
    • Location: Farka, Leh / Malpak Leh / Off Fort Road
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Dolma Guest House
    Fine, clean small rooms and good garden BUT bucket shower.
    • Price Range: Rs 500 – 800 for double bedroom
    • Contact: Smt. Tsewang Dolma – 01982-253311
    • Location: Malpak / Off Fort Road, Leh / Next to Bimla Guest House
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Malpak Guest House
    Decent, Clean and OK to stay.
    • Price Range: Rs 500 – 800 for double bedroom, Rs 400 – 500 for single bedroom
    • Contact: Sh. Sonam Norbu – 01982-253426
    • Location: Malpak, Leh
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Hotel Bimla
    Hot water, decent and OK to stay BUT NOT better in comparison to other nearby Guest Houses in similar price range.
    • Price Range: Rs 500 – 800 for double bedroom
    • Contact: Sh. Nathania Batapa – 01982-252754
    • Location: Farka, Leh / Off Fort Road / On the alley just across from Hotel Tso Kar
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Indus Guest House, Ti-Sei Guest House, Dhelex Guest House
    All these are hotels are near by each other and offer similar range of prices. Quite cheap but you should check them before check-in especially Indus Guest House as it do not have much positive reviews about cleanliness. So, keep it a last resort.
    • Price Range: Rs 500 – 800 for double bedroom
    • Contact: Sh. Sonam – 01982-252502 (Indus), Smt. Tsewang – 01982-252404 (Ti-Sei)
    • Location: Farka, Leh / Malpak, Leh / Off Fort Road
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Semnet Guest House
    Home stay type, good place to stay. There are two rooms with attached bath and two more with shared bath. Room Rates in the range of 500-600. No parking, so it should be done on main road.
    • Price Range: Rs 500 – 600 for double bedroom
    • Contact: Mr. Dorje – ??????
    • Location: Old Leh Road, Leh / Shenam, Leh
    • Category: Cheap / Economic / Home Stay

  • Hotel Khayul
    Good parking space, decent rooms with running hot and cold water.
    • Price Range: Rs 500 – 600 for double bedroom
    • Contact: Mr. Basheer Ahmed – 01982-252321
    • Location: Old Leh Road, Leh / Chulung, Leh
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Galwan Guest House
    Very nice and clean. Good food, hot water available and lot of greenery around.
    • Price Range: Rs 500 – 800 for double bedroom
    • Contact: ??????
    • Location: Shanti Stupa Road, Leh
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Palace View Guest House
    Comfortable beds, small garden, 24 hrs hot and cold water but in buckets. Parking space available for night only.
    • Price Range: Rs 600 – 900 for double bedroom
    • Contact: 01982 – 252959
    • Location: Near Polo Ground, Leh
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Dreamland Guest House
    Very basic but VFM.
    • Price Range: Rs 600 – 900 for double bedroom
    • Contact: Smt. Jamila Didi – 01982-252089
    • Location:Fort road, Leh
    • Category: Cheap / Economic
Conclusion

I hope you find the above list of cheap or economic hotels or accommodation options useful for your upcoming Leh – Ladakh trip. If you happen to know any updated contact numbers or missing contact numbers of these hotels or any other nice, cheap option of stay in or around Leh town, kindly leave a comment as it will be helpful to others as well. If you have ever stayed at any of these hotels, please share your experience with us too. In the end, again these hotels or guest houses are not for people who are looking for luxury and ultra comfort and in case may be not even suitable for family as well. However, for bachelors or backpackers or others who want cheap/economic options of stay for longer duration in around Leh Ladakh, these hotels may be worth to look out :)

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405 Comments

  1. Aayush khare on

    Hello Dheeraj! Me and my friend are riding to leh on 2nd of july 2015. Our first stay will be jammu or pathankot. And next stay will be srinagar. Could you suggest few budget hotels or hostels in srinagar and jammu. We dont want any luxury facilties. We dont want any lake view or as such luxury. We can adjust even without hot water we just want a clean room. Please suggest few good options. Dormoritory will also work. Thanks in advance.

  2. HIIIII
    DEEPAK
    I AM READING UR EXPERIENCE WID NATURE
    ND GOT WORTHY INFORMATION. ME AND MY FRIEND PLANNING TOMMROW TO RIDE FROM PUNJAB TO MNALI LEH SRINAGR FOR 1ST TIME. BT BIT WORY ABT BIKE LIKE ANY PROB IN MACHINE CN U SUGGEST SMTHING

  3. Madhur Gaur on

    Hello Dheeraj bhai,
    Can you plz tell some budget hotels in srinagar, i will be reaching there tomorrow eve, and i need it for one night only. we are four people.

  4. Debashis das on

    Dear friend dheeraj first lots of kudos to ur website. Which is the best way for motor biking Srinagar- leh or manali- leh according to road conditions & which road is more adventurous? I’m planning a motorbike trip in the first week of August, how about rainy season there? Will there snow on the way and will it possible for riding with a pillow, is oil jarikens r must on road.

    • Debashish, Srinagar – Leh is all throughout almost paved while Manali – Leh has most of the places are dirt track roads. Of course latter one is more adventurous, tough and extremely scenic than the other one. August is mostly monsoon time but then you will nto get rains in Ladakh but for sure in lower hills in case the days are rainy. Snow will not be possible in August.

  5. Dear Dheeraj,
    I would be driving my Alto from manali to Sarchu/ Pang. Could you suggest budget accomodations for Sarchu, Darcha, Keylong and Marhi (any place close to Rohtang la) ?

    SP

  6. Hi Dheeraj,

    Great Job! Very comprehensive source of information.

    I am from Pune and planning to do a 12 days (with three other friends) trip of Srinagar>>Leh>>Nubra>>Leh>>Pangong>>Leh>>Srinagar.

    Can you please help me with couple of questions? :)
    — We are planning from 14th to 25 July. Is this considered a high rush interval with overall increased rates?
    – Is it wise to book accommodation on the spot at following places?
    — Leh
    — Diskit
    — Panamik
    — Spangmik

    – I saw the other comment where you suggested pitching own tents.
    – Can we get tents with accessories on rent?
    – Will it be expensive compared with ~700 bucks/person/day?
    – Do people often go for this nomadic style of pitching in tents in groups around the Pangong Lake and Diksit?

    — I am thinking of booking all travel things up to and back from Srinagar but wanted to explore a real backpacker thing with a plan in mind but real time execution. It sounds exciting but not sure how suitable it is considering the facilities available at all these places :)

    • Hi Mukul,

      1. Regarding on the spot bookings, if you are OK to search here and there and do not have a specific place in mind, then it will be fine else better book first.
      2. Yes, you can get tents on rent in Leh.
      3. I see comfort of pitching and then wrapping up next day and that too at places where stay is already there. So, it is a matter of trade-off to me which I mostly go with on local stays wherever available rather pitching my own tent.
      4. Yes people do carry and pitch their camps over in Ladakh
      5. A lot of people do backpacking trip and you can also do but there will be surprises that needs to be handled there by the group with smiles :)

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  7. Hi,
    I am planning leh on 23rd may and want to explore all the places. Kindly suggest the best way to cover all the places. I will be alone there so how should I move….

    • You are alone and private taxis are very costly in Leh but you will be able to find the shared taxi without much fuss at all. There are lots of flyers which people put at cafes, dine-ins, restaurants, travel agent desks/shops/whiteboards wanting to share the taxis for different trips within Ladakh. Even travel agent organize such shared taxis trip as well but charge a little higher about Rs 200-300 more than it would ideally cost. So, in worst case you can always go back to them and book a seat for yourself. Gelling up with people in Ladakh is more or less easy because many people travel solo and look forward to meet new people and share cultural thoughts and values over the trip. No where else in the world you will find more smiling and helpful people as Ladakhis are :)

      How many days do you have in hand?

      • Hello Dheeraj,

        So nice to read your suggestion…I have around 8 to 10 days in my hands. I am planning to reach on 21st morning to ladakh and I want see all the places that is why I am not choosing makemytrip or yatra tours. I am bit scared as well, I dont know whether I will be enjoying alone there, as this is first time I am going ladakh….

        Anyways if there is anybody else on this group who is going on same date or nearby, I would glad to join….

        • Vimal, check the DoW Travel Calendar from the menu and se if you can tag along with some group. Also, with 8-10 days in hand, You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh by Air followed by many travelers including me at the link here for 9 days: Leh – Ladakh | Most Common Itinerary by Air.

          You are alone and private taxis are very costly in Leh but you will be able to find the shared taxi without much fuss at all. There are lots of flyers which people put at cafes, dine-ins, restaurants, travel agent desks/shops/whiteboards wanting to share the taxis for different trips within Ladakh. Even travel agent organize such shared taxis trip as well but charge a little higher about Rs 200-300 more than it would ideally cost. So, in worst case you can always go back to them and book a seat for yourself. Gelling up with people in Ladakh is more or less easy because many people travel solo and look forward to meet new people and share cultural thoughts and values over the trip. No where else in the world you will find more smiling and helpful people as Ladakhis are :)

  8. santosh salvi on

    hi dheeraj,
    nice info I plan to make a trip on bike to ladakh in june end need to know if you have to stay at leh and move around the area or accommodation is available elsewhere. can we use a tent?
    thanks

    • Santosh, accommodation is available in all tourist destinations of Ladakh. You can pitch your own tents anywhere but I will suggest you pitch them at a place where there are some dhabha tents put up by locals or where other camping guy pitch theirs or somewhere near some house in village or in their garden/lawn. All you will need is to gently ask them (villagers/dhabha guys/camping guys) for permissions. Most likely they will allow, other wise negotiate for small little tip or move on to some other such place nearby. This will give you sense of security too.
      But, keep in mind that camping at the lakes both Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri is not allowed as they are under Ramsar site. Hence, you need to pitch these camps away from the lakes where either other camps are there or at near by village.

  9. Hi Deeraj ,
    Me and my fri is planning a tour for leh – ladakh in the first week of July …
    1st like to thanks you a lot -your website has already solved many of my doubts. ..
    But only 1 thg I would like to know more is
    1 how to travel from srinagar to leh -the cheapest way by road
    2 does there is any local transports which go from srinagar to leh daily
    3 or else we have to hire a private vehicle that what will be the price per person in it ..

    Realy would thanks if this will be solved. .

    • Hi Siddharth,

      1. Cheapest way to travel is by JKSRTC Bus service.
      2. Yes, apart from JKSRTC Daily buses, shared jeeps also run.
      3. Private taxi drop to Leh will be around 18-19K

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  10. Any idea about how is Kunzang GuestHouse in Leh? Would like to know it’s review if anyone has visited there before.

  11. Hi Dheeraj!
    I have been following your blog for quite sometime now and it has been more than just helpful in planning everything. I am going to be backpacking solo to Delhi-Manali-Ladakh from the 1st of July.
    I have a few questions that I was hoping you could help me with.
    1) I intend to be in ladakh on the 6th of July. Since I am backpacking on a budget, I am looking for budget accommodations. Should the bookings be done right now or are on the spot bookings possible?
    2) Will finding travel partners be easy?
    3) I would love to volunteer for any given cause. Would you know where I can do that?
    Once again, kudos for this amazing website! :)
    Cheers!

    • Hi Ria,

      1. Go for on the spot bookings. I will personally suggest Greenland Homestay (01982–253156) at Changspa road. Though it is on Changspa road but towards the end and has less noise around in comparison, check and judge yourself… It is run by a very nice lady and a lot of readers among girls have stayed there. Very very good reviews by all of them.

      2. You are alone and private taxis are very costly in Leh but you will be able to find the shared taxi without much fuss at all. There are lots of flyers which people put at cafes, dine-ins, restaurants, travel agent desks/shops/whiteboards wanting to share the taxis for different trips within Ladakh. Even travel agent organize such shared taxis trip as well but charge a little higher about Rs 200-300 more than it would ideally cost. So, in worst case you can always go back to them and book a seat for yourself. Gelling up with people in Ladakh is more or less easy because many people travel solo and look forward to meet new people and share cultural thoughts and values over the trip. No where else in the world you will find more smiling and helpful people as Ladakhis are :)

      3. You can for sure check in monasteries and in fact stay with them too. Some schools also does offer teaching opportunity and you can take them up.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Thank you so much for clearing that up Dheeraj!
        Would be lovely, if you happen to be in Ladakh around that time to catch up. :)
        Cheers!

  12. Hey Thanx Dheeraj..!!!
    The informations about the hotels/ guesthouse is really informative.
    I think Atisha Guest house doesnt have a website to make online booking rite?
    Also there are no room pics available for Atisha Guest House.
    Do u have some links related to this guesthouse? I would like to make my stay booking with this guesthouse.

  13. Abhinav Chawla on

    Dear Dheeraj,

    First of all thanks for proving some valuable inputs. I along with my 3 friends (including couples) are planning for Srinagar & Leh trip (May end). At the moment we have just booked our flights to Srinagar along with the return flights from Srinagar as well.
    Right now we are looking for some decent options for stay in Srinagar and Leh. We have around 12-13 days to cover both places. The major places which we have shortlisted are highlighted below-:

    Srinagar
    – Pahalgam
    – Gulmarg
    – Sonamarg

    – Leh
    – Kargil (though on the way)
    – Nubra Valley
    – Pangong Lake

    I would be really thankful to you if you can provide me some information on the hotels to stay on the above mentioned locations. we are not looking for a very high budget hotels but the priority would be safety and cleanliness. Also would be great if you can provide some details on the cab charges as well since we are planning to hire a cab from Srinagar-Leh-Srinagar.

    Thanks in advance

    • You can check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate (cheap budget hotels as well) in the series of articles starting on the link here

      For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2015 – 16 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 10-12% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

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