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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  1. Hi All,

    Just came back from a trip to Leh where i stayed in Atisha guesthouse for 5 nights. I would like to specially point the hospitality offered by the owners of the guesthouse. Needless to say, the rooms are super clean and a complete catch for the rent of 1k on that main street called the Fort road. All the other guest houses near Atisha charge the same but have shabby rooms. Due to non availability, we had to stay in one of the nearby guesthouses for a night but were lucky to get a room from the next day in Atisha. Advance booking doesnt work here and you can just pray that you get lucky like us. I also want to mention that uncle and aunty (the owners) are extremely humble and helpful people who will give everyone staying in the guesthouse personal attention. I fell sick there due to food infection and uncle accompanied us twice to the hospital and the couple also fed us with home cooked food as the doctor had advised me not to eat outside food. I have never seen such hospitality in my life. Highly recommended to anyone going to Leh

  2. Hi
    From the day i diacovered this page i am following it properly to plan for our ladakh trip.your suggestions are awsm. 🙂
    I am planning to go to Ladakh with Mom-Dad-Brother on 24/25 Sep this year.
    Please chk the plan and kindly rply if it is okay or any modification required.

    1.land in srinagar.night stay@Srinagar

    2.Srinagar to Kargil via kheer bhawani,sonmarg,drass. Night stay@Kargil

    3.Kargil to Lamayuru via Pashkum,Shergol,Phokar,Mulbek,Namika la,Fotu la. night syat@lamayuru

    4.Rizong,alchi,likir,basgo,magnetic hill,confluence of 2rivers,phyang,spituk
    Night stay@Leh

    5.local sight seeing @leh and resHi
    From the day i diacovered this page i am following it properly to plan for our ladakh trip.your suggestions are awsm. 🙂
    I am planning to go to Ladakh with Mom-Dad-Brother on 24/25 Sep this year.
    Please chk the plan and kindly rply if it is okay or any modification required.

    1.land in srinagar.night stay@Srinagar

    2.Srinagar to Kargil via kheer bhawani,sonmarg,drass. Night stay@Kargil

    3.Kargil to Lamayuru via Pashkum,Shergol,Phokar,Mulbek,Namika la,Fotu la. night syat@lamayuru

    4.Rizong, Alchi,Likir,Basgo,Magnetic hill,Confluence of 2rivers,Phyang,Spituk. Night stay@Leh

    5.Leh sight seeing and get permit. Night stay@Leh

    6.Khardung la, khardung, khalsar,Diskit. Night stay@Diskit

    7.Diskit to Turtuk and see Hunder when returning back. Night stay@Hunder/Diskit

    8. Diskit/hunder to Pangong tso via shyok village. Night stay@spangmik

    9.Spangmik-Man-Merak-Chusul-Tsaga la-Loma-Hanle Night stay@hanle

    10.Hanle sightseeing and stay @hanle.

    11.hanle to tso moriri via salsal la,charchagan la
    Or, loma,nyoma,mahe sumdo
    Night stay@tsomoriri

    12.Tso moriri to Leh via Tso kar. Night stay@Leh

    13.Hemis,shey,thiksey,stok,etc. Night stay@leh

    14.return

    • Riya, your plan looks fine to me. However, I am not sure by how your are commuting as you will need to carry extra fuel, lot of it, with you to complete the whole direct route circuit as there will be no fuel pump the moment you will leave Leh for Nubra Valley.

      • Okay.so if we come back from nubra to leh and then continue the rest,is that possible?? Or do pangong in one day trip and then go for hanle and tsomoriri?

        • Even if you do Pangong Tso – Hanle – Tso Moriri – Leh, you will need to carry fuel for sure. Else, do Nubra, Pangong Tso separate and do Hanle, Tso Moriri together.

        • Thank you very much for this suggestion. 🙂
          Just tell me one more thing pls. I checked the driver list and all the reviews. How they take payments? Means do i have to pay before reach or after meeting them payment can be done? Will they give bill if we need that?

        • Most of them will be OK to be in touch with you, just keep reminding them as you get closer to dates. Some, do take some advance token amounts like 2K-5K. They won’t give you any bill over phone but once you reach there, yes, they do provide the bill from union.

        • Thats great.
          You told somewhere that have to start the journey early in the morning,so will we get food for the journey at that time because i think there will be no food junctions in between such long distance places.
          Will 3/4ltrs of water intake be okay or take more during the stays in ladakh region?

        • Yes Riya, most of the dhabhas open early by 7 AM. So, best time is 7 AM to leave any day. I assume you meant 3-4 ltrs, well, I will say fluids not water, to help restore the lost salts as you take more liquids. You can use Energal, ORS-L, Juices, Glucon-D, Tang, etc.. and of course water for sure in between

        • Okay :).
          Will ask you again if face any doubt.
          Thanks a lot for all these informations. 🙂
          Will try to be a part of DoW cause too.

        • 🙂
          Please tell me about the contact details.
          It will be a great pleasure to make people smile who are in need.

        • And since you are visiting Hanle, Sonam Dorje, owner of Sonam Guest House has volunteered to help out tourists interested in willing to support the local children in school. You can contact him directly even on whatsapp in case you want to check what the needs will be there. He knows very well about DoW and causes. Sonam Guest House, Hanle | Review

        • Spoke to rigzin ji and he is available at that time and also told that he will arrange our hotels/guest house/home stay.but the problem is my parents are bit tensed since i get his no. from online source. 🙁

        • Riya, Being to Ladakh so many times, based on my personal experience so far, I can very well quote that Ladakhis are one of the most humble, helpful & trusted people in the entire world 🙂

  3. DEBASISH KUNDU on

    Hello Dheeraj
    Could you plz suggest some budget hotels or home stay in Kargile, we will be reaching there 25.08.16 , need it for one night only. we are six people. If you have any contact number kindly give us

    Best Regards,

    Debasish

    • Few readers/members of DoW have suggested below options:

      Aaman Guest House (just 3-4 kms after entering Kargil check post), it was a homestay and stay and food was awesome.
      Daspa Guest House (confused it with other) near bypass bridge. Name: Mr. Gulam Mohammed; Mob: 09469730240. 
      Paradise Guest House in Kargil is a decent place to stay

  4. Jose Mathew on

    How much will it cost for
    (a) Dormitory
    (b) Home Stay

    I’ve planned my entire 18 days trip from Kochi-Delhi-Manali-Leh-Srinagar-Delhi-Kochi with a costing of 15k plus unexpected spending.

    I’ve taken assumption that food per day cost about 150/day and accommodation @ 500/day. Five night stay at Leh, 2 night stay at Manali, 1 night stay at Delhi and Srinagar. And transportation in state buses (the budget ones, not deluxe)

    I want to run an iteration again to optimize the expenditure. So if you could give me a rough costing of food and accommodation for a solo traveler.

    • Jose, you may be able to manage that if you control the food you eat and stay. Around 700-800 is a budget which can be realised if you are etermined to it. You can search for homestays mostly at all places which are available without much issues. Do not expect much.

      • Jose Mathew on

        I found few hotels/guest houses in stayzilla under 500/-
        i’m not sure whether to book it or not, due to unpredictable conditions of road. But i fear there wont be any rooms left the time when i reach there

        For the record,
        I will be reaching manali on 6th and leave to leh on 8th by bus. Will be there till 13th, so anyone would like to share accommodation or want travel company. You can contact me

        • Hi Jose
          I am also planning for a solo travel In Leh but it’s partially planned. You already been there or will be going ?
          Can we get into touch so i could get some information regarding this ? regarding your experience.
          This will be my first Solo trip. So may be i get any inspiration from you.
          My mail ID – vivekjoshi7 at the rate of yahoo.com.
          this is no spam, i assure u.
          vivek 🙂

        • srinivasdeekshith on

          HI Jose,

          I am also travelling solo on same dates and same route.
          We can get in touch and travel together if you are interested.
          I will be reaching on manali on 6th Sep and start to leh on 8th Sep by bus.

          You can reach me at srinivasrompicharla@gmail.com
          Mobile : 09052526253

  5. hi dheeraj,
    me and my bro make a plan to visit leh and ladakh from delhi direct by bus and we want 2 days stay in leh and ladakh . than how much cost will come in our tour.pls reply me.
    Thanx
    Rahul

  6. Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning on going to Leh on 7th July, SOLO and this is the first time that I’ll be visiting Leh.
    I have planned an itinerary. Could you please look into it and suggest or add something to it.

    P.S. – I’m a huge fan of your blog!

    Day 1 (7th July)
    | Hyderabad – Delhi (By Flight)
    -I’ll be reaching Delhi by 2 PM
    | Delhi – Manali (By Bus)
    – I’ll be boarding HPTC bus (Pre booked, Volvo) at 7PM

    Day 2 (8th July)
    Reach Manali, Stay over night and roam around Manali.

    Day 3 (9th July)
    | Manali – Leh (By Bus)
    -Board the HPTC bus towards Leh.
    -Night stop at Keylong.

    Day 4 (10th July)
    | Breakfast at Keylong and reach Leh by evening.

    Day 5 (11th July)
    Roam around Leh and follow all the stuff that you mentioned to get acclimatized

    Day 6 (12th July)
    | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
    -Rent a Bike, and journey towards Leh and stay over night at Diskit or Hunder (I want to know when to start and what should I expect)

    Day 7 (13th July)
    | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
    -Journey back to Leh. Over night stay at Leh

    Day 8 (14th July)
    | Leh – Pangong Tso (I want to know when to start and what should I expect)
    – Journey to Pangong Tso and over night stay at the lake. (good places for night stay?)

    Day 9 (15th July)
    | Pangong Tso – Leh
    -Back to leh

    Day 10 (16th July)
    | Leh – Keylong (by bus)
    – 5AM HPTC Bus from Leh to Manali or Cab
    – Night halt Keylong.

    Day 11 (17th July)
    | Keylong – Manali
    -If I get a bus towards Delhi at that time, I might take that or next day travel.

    Day 12(18th July)
    | Manali – Delhi
    – Reach Delhi and take rest plenty of rest.

    Day 13 (19th July)
    Roam around Delhi or Agra atleast.

    Day 14 (20th July)
    | Delhi – Hyderabad (by flight)

  7. C.K. Banerjee on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    How much should cost per person (a group of 5) for ladakh tour for 13 days from Udhampur-Srinagar-Kargil-Leh-Nubra-Panngong-Tsomoriri-Sarchu-Manali-Kalka in Scorpio vehicle. I shall
    be obliged if you please give me an idea. Thanks.

    C.K.Banerjee

  8. Karamdeep Kaur on

    Hi Mr Dheeraj
    I am Dr Karamdeep from panipat. Me my husband and our 11 yrs old son planning to visit leh from 9 June to 13 june. Because of less days available we are going by air. Can you please suggest us an itenirary for these five days and some good guest houses or hotels to stay. We are planning to visit Pangong and nubra valley as I think only this can be visited in this much of time. Please help us with your valuable suggestions about acclimatisation, stay n hiring cabs or bikes.
    Thanks n regards
    Dr Karamdeep Kaur

    • Karamdeep Kaur on

      Hi Mr Dheeraj
      I am Dr Karamdeep from panipat. Me my husband and our 11 yrs old son planning to visit leh from 9 June to 13 june. Because of less days available we are going by air. Can you please suggest us an itenirary for these five days and some good guest houses or hotels to stay. We are planning to visit Pangong and nubra valley as I think only this can be visited in this much of time. Please help us with your valuable suggestions about acclimatisation, stay n hiring cabs or bikes.
      Thanks n regards
      Dr Karamdeep Kaur

      • You can follow something like below:

        Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
        — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
        — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
        — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
        — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
        — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
        — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
        — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
         
        Day 2 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
        — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
        — Bargain hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
        — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
        — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
        — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
        — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing. To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
        — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
        — Overnight at Leh
         
        Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
        — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
        — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
        — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

        Day 4 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
        — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
        — Overnight at Leh

        Day 5 | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
        — Do not plan to stay overnight at Pangong Tso as you will not be acclimatized and may fall sick. So, make a day trip only.
        — Overnight at Leh

        Day 6 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour OR Sham Valley tour OR Fly back home
        — Overnight at Leh
        — Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.
        — Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, Gurudwara Pather Sahib

        • Karamdeep kaur on

          Hi Mr Dheeraj
          Our flight is on 13 morning that means we have only four days there. Can we skip day 2
          Thanks

  9. Rudolph Furtado on

    I will be visiting Leh in July 2016 and as a avid traveller/Blogger myself having visited 52 Country’s to date and almost entire India find your travel/guide/price blog on Ladah the best on the Internet. Congratulations for writing and researching such a extraordinary travel locale of India. Thanks.

    • Thank you so much Rudolph !! Nothing better I can ask what you have written here especially when an avid traveller such as yours appreciate it with vast experience on the back !!

      Thanks again 🙂

  10. Vardhan Rajasimha on

    hi dheeraj,
    thank u for the most valuable info u have shared. based on various links provided by you on DoW, I have planned a 10 day solo road trip on my bullet to ladakh from Chandigarh. I am basically from a small town in Bangalore district. I have booked my train to Chandigarh on june 1st and back to Bangalore. my bike will be transported in the same trains In which I travel. the 6 days train journey to and for is excluded in the Chandigarh-leh-Chandigarh trip.
    I have planned a route from chandigarh-jammu-patnitop-srinagar-Kargil- leh, and leh-manali-Chandigarh while returning.
    your info has made my planning a cake walk.. hope it works out as easy as it sounds.
    thank you once again☺

  11. bharat joshi on

    Dear dheeraj thanks for loads of v.v.
    iimportant iinformation about leh ladakh just came back from trip
    I hhighly rrecommend mr.rinchen nurla
    Your friend aand oowner of shenam hotel who ooffered me good rates for room and innova car aand ppicked us up from sriNagar his nephew mr.padma was driver he was v.cool young guy was with us for five days aand he ffound v.good hotels for us at good rates in kKargil aand diskit .
    Mr. Rinchen is a person i ffound you can trust he hhimself is an adventurer.
    As i was with ffamily he took care of us v.well

    • raghuraman on

      The phone number/email id of the wonderful person: Shri Rinchen Nurla? Also, i am looking at extended stay, say, about a month or so; any special rates available? can i stay at monasteries? i shall help in any work in the monasteries, in return for peace of mind and wisdom of Buddha; namo amitabha.

  12. raghuraman on

    The information that you have given is simply overwhelming, practical, down to earth and extremely useful. Though I have been planning to come to Ladakh for a long time, have not been able to do so, for work-related reasons. Now, I want to stay in Leh abnd thereabouts for an extended period of time. Is there Internet connectivity: BSNL: wifi in Leh and nearabouts? Answer to this quesiton is important to me. Also, what is the ambient temperature in Leh during August/September; Which are the best months to visit Leh, etc.?

  13. Hi Mr. Dheeraj,
    H r u??
    V r planning our manali- leh-jammu trip from 11 July to 24 July(can extend days if necessary), I wanted ur opinion n answer to some queries.
    11/12 July -Chandigarh to Manali
    Stay at solang valley.
    13 July-manali to Jispa
    Stay at Jispa
    14 july-Jispa to Leh
    Q# is it posbl to ride jispa to Leh in a day???
    15july-Local sightseeing at Leh n bit of rest
    16 July-Leh to nubra Valley
    (Khardung LA Pass- Diskit-Hunder)
    17july-Back to Leh
    Q#is it posbl to visit nubra valley n b back to leh on d same day n stay overnight at Leh only
    18july-Leh to Pangong Tso lake
    Karu-Sakti-ChangLa-Durbuk-Tangste-Lukung-Spangmik)Tuktuk can b added.
    19 July-Pangong to Thicksey -Sheypalace to Leh
    Q#is it posbl to come back to Leh d same day???
    Q# is it posbl to camp at any place
    20 july-Leh to Tsomoriri
    (Karu-upshi-kumdok-kere-chumathang-mahe-sundo-korzok,tso moriri)
    21 july-Back to Leh
    Q#is it posbl to b back to leh d same day
    Q# were to camp at tsomoriri
    22july-Leh to Kargil
    23july-Kargil to Srinagar
    Q#is it posbl to ride it in one day d route
    24 July Srinagar to Jammu
    Q# For d route any permits r to b taken in manali or any were else.

    Ur information n researh were a very big help to plan d trip.I m truelly thankful to u for helping me n others,just keep up d good work.
    Thank u very much.

    • Your plan looks good to go for me. Most queestions are irrelevant as plan is fine. You will need permits to cross Rohtang Pass. In case you do it in other direction that will be far much better

    • Ankit Soni on

      Hey … I am also traveling on the same dates with the same itinerary ,do call me @9619549049as I am looking for a travel partner for us.(We have hired a SUV from Manali till srinagar).

  14. Sanjay Sharma on

    Hi Dheeraj

    We are planning for 11 days trip from June 6 from Delhi -Jammu-Srinagar-Sonamarg-Kargil-Leh-Nubra-Leh-Pangoong-Leh-Jispa-Manali-Delhi via Self driven Voler Cars.

    We are not booking home stays in advance and will search cheaper option there. How and where we can safely park our vehicle during our stay in Leh?

    Thanks
    Sanjay

        • Rohit Bansal on

          Hi Dheeraj,

          Thanks for creating such a valuable information source for travelers. I just wanted to know, if we can get budget hotel in Leh at the spot?? Or do we need to book in advance??

          We are 5 friends and will follow the srinagar-leh route.

          Thanks,
          Rohit

  15. Hi Dheeraj
    This is prateek from jaipur, i m planning a trip to leh and laddakh from 4th to 12th october 2016, my flight from New Delhi to Leh is on 4th october and return flight from leh to new delhi is on 12th october 2016. We are 5 adults and 1 kid around 3 years. kindly help me plan my itinerary, also advice when and where to stay.

    • Prateek, though you have good number of days in hand but you are not visiting at the right month. Can’t you change it to some other month like July, August or September? By October all campsites or stay options at Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri are mostly closed and with family it might be tricky in cold conditions at such place in October. Are you sure you want to go ahead?

      • Prateek Sharma on

        Hey Dheeraj
        Thanks for your kind reply, the reason as to why i am planning a trip in the month of October is that I am a practicing lawyer and the courts are non functional after 4th October ’16, hence cannot travel in any other month. Though i have got all the tickets done but would proceed only after a thumbs up from you Sir.

  16. pushpender yadav on

    Hi,Dhiraj I am planning for leh- srinagar trip from Delhi on 13 june to 25th june 2016. We are 6 adults & 4 childern (11,10,5,4 ).plz suggest me is it the best time to visit leh. Can we comlete leh srinagar highway in two days. We want to take break at kargil or drass. Can you suggest me any cheap accomodation or guest at kargi or drass. if yes, then plz give me their contact no: . I have booked all the hotels in sarchu, leh, nubra, sri-nagar as per your suggestion. thanks for your advice..
    If we stay at drass then what would be the best time to cross the zoji la pass.
    Can we visit lunar landscape view at lamayuru on the way from leh to srinagar by our tempo traveller or should we hire a laddakh no. taxi.

  17. Stephanie on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thank you for the information you provide. Everything is so readily available here.

    I had a query regarding the stay and travel –
    1. Over a period of 8 days would you recommend staying in one hotel and then travelling everywhere (nubra, pangong, tso…) or would it be better to shift base? If so, which of these places would you recommend staying at?
    2. For a group of 3 people what would be the ideal mode of travelling around. I have read your articles on transport and checked out the rates and they seem to be quite steep. What would be your advice for the budget traveller?

    Thanks,

    • Hi Stephanie,

      1. You will have to make the base at Leh and from there you will go to Nubra, Pangong Tso. The days you go from Leh to Nubra or Pangong Tso, you can ask the hotel guys to keep your luggage safe in the store room which will help you not pay the rent for those days.
      2. In that case you can look out for shared ttourist taxi tours. Most of the restaurants, dine-ins, cafes, etc.. have these whiteboards up there where people look for shared travel partners, you can patch up in a group of two or you may yourself look for couple of people to share taxi cost. Alternatively, you can post a travel partners entry from the main menu and search other entries falling on your dates to get the two required travel partners.

  18. Hello me and my friend r planning to visit leh ladak we r coming by flight and will rent a bike from there and will explore on bike so I need to ask u who r reliable person which can bike good condition bikes on rent and which bike is easy to drive we will be there from 27th April to 2 may of this month

  19. Hi Dheeraj, Need a little help. I am planning a trip to leh from 1st May till 7th May with my wife. Will be flying from Delhi. I learnt that this is a bit cold in early May. Plan is to stay is leh and bike around for nearby places. Would it be warm enough to drive bikes easily or would I need to be packed with leather jackets and gloves etc?

    Also, some of the passes I guess would still be closed. Can you please suggest which spots I can cover for 4 days duration.

    Thanks in advance…

    • Hi Mohan,

      Mostly bikes are not allowed to ride over Khardung La or Chang La early in the season when conditions are quite skiddy for the safety of tourists. So, you may ride it around Leh but may not be able to go over beyond it. Unless there is fresh snowfall or landslides, the passes to both Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso will be open.

  20. Calum Wallace on

    Hey Dheeraj,

    Me and my girlfriend are flying to delhi from the uk on june the 9th. We will probably spend some time in delhi but then plan on doing a delhi-leh trip. We have about a month, the only thing binding us is that we have to be back in delhi by july 9th to meet a friend who will join us for the rest of our trip.

    Can you recommend a budget itinerary for us? Do you know how much day trips to monastries and sights will cost from leh and if its neccesarry to sort anything out beforehand?

    Thanks, your website is incredibly useful, there isnt a better recource.

    Calum

      • Calum Wallace on

        Thanks.

        Not planning on getting a bike as I have no idea how to ride one haha. Planning in using shared cars and public transport where possible.

        What places do you think are worth spending longer in?

        Thanks

        • 1. Nubra Valley is one place for sure spending time. You can add Turtuk if you get the permit for it.
          2. Leh itself to soak in the culture.
          3. Pangong Tso, you can spend a full day
          4. Tso Moriri is something not to be missed and Tso Kar too. These places does deserve a stay.

          However, all such places and extended stays will not be possible with shared taxis because they run over on fixed schedules.

  21. Bijoy Sahoo on

    ‘Hi Dheeraj,

    We are group of 10-12 people. This year on 1st Aug, we are visiting Ladakh. Earlier we are planning for Manali-Leh-Manali rout, now we are deciding to do Srinagar-Leh-Manali.
    In this journey, we wanted to cover Nubra Valley upto Panamik, Pangong Lake, TSo Moriri. We have 13 days in our hand excluding 2 reserve days. I am following your 14 Days Itinerary for Leh Ladakh (Delhi-Srinagar-Leh-Manali-Delhi). Please suggest if this rout will be fine in Aug month.
    Apart from the rout planning, how easily Good camps will be available in Panamik, Pangong, TSO Moriri, Kargil

    Thanks
    Bijoy

    • Bijoy, if you are following our suggested itinerary it shall be good to go as per plan. August is monsoon time in North so you will face challenges in lower hills with landslides and all but regions of trans-Himalayas including Ladakh shall be OK. You should be able to find stay options.

      • Bijoy Sahoo on

        Thanks.
        As we would be going from Srinagar to Leh, do we need any kind of permit and how easily camps will be available in the month of Aug in Nubra Valley, Moriri etc. Or do we need to book in advance.

        • Bijoy, you do not need any permits if you are traveling from Srinagar to LEh. If you are OK in searching 4-5 places on reaching there and are OK to stay at normal guest house and do not have any named/famed hotel in mind, it shall be fine to book on the spot.

  22. BHAVESH MUNI on

    hii dheeraji

    i am planing to go leh, sirnagar and gulmarg with my friends and family, i have flight on 1st of July and return on 8th of July, can you guide for my trip

      • BHAVESH MUNI on

        my flight from mumbai to srinagar on 01/07/2016 and return from srinagar to mumbai via delhi on 08/07/2016, kindly suggest me midal class hote in leh and srinagar and give me program plan.

        • Hello Bhavesh,

          For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2016 – 17 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 12-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

          You have just 7 days in hand 🙁 …

          Day 1 | Delhi – Srinagar
          — Enjoy walk around Dal lake and may be Shikara ride as well
          — If you have time then check out, floating market, Shalimar Garden.
          — Overnight at Srinagar

          Day 2 | Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil
          — Enjoy the vistas enroute
          — Have late drunch meal at Drass is you are a vegetarian as sometimes it gets difficult to find veg. food at Kargil
          — Overnight at Kargil

          Day 3 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
          — Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
          — On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 4 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
          — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 5 | Day trip to either Pangong Tso or Nubra Valley
          Day 6 – Leh – Kargil
          Day 7 – Kargil Srinagar
          Day 8 – Back home

  23. Sindhu Singh on

    Hi dheeraj,

    Is it safe to book directly through hotel owners by calling them and transferring money to their accounts.??
    What if by any means they deny to provide reciept after recieving the booking amount.
    Or if they deny when we reach there.
    Direct booking thru hotel owner is at 30% less amount when compared with price on booking.com.
    So i want to save money but confused.Because booking thru bookings.com is a bit safer that booking directly by calling them and transferring the amount.
    Please advice me on this.

    • Sindhu, people in Ladakh are quite quite honest and there is not a single instance I heard of such a thing, may be a rarest of rare with taxi and never with hotel. They will not deny, do not worry 🙂

  24. HI Dheeraj,

    First of all, let me thank you on behalf of all the readers/travelers. This site gives tremendous help to people like us who want to plan their own travel. There are no other blogs/website so comprehensive as this one.

    I was going through the list of cheap hotels for accommodation. I found ‘Greenland Guest House’ as the most suitable one. But every time I try to connect with them through phone, no one seems to be picking up. I also dropped a message on their facebook page, but no reply there as well. I am continuously trying to call them for the booking in May 1st week, but no luck so far. Do you have any other alternate number or email ID to connect to them?

    Thanks again.

    Regards,
    Zil

  25. Hey Dheeraj!
    I visited Leh during first week of September and everything went fine ! I must say this website of yours had a great part in it . Thanks a lot 🙂

    and I stayed in Eagle guest house( in Changspa road) , would recommend it for solo travellers who are looking for cheap rooms. They had rooms from 300rs ! and they had Wifi 🙂

    Cheers!

    • Hello Nevin,

      I found their 01982-253074 from some website but I have been trying for many weeks, nobody ever picks up that phone. Would you have their contact details or how I can book. I am planning to go there solo next month.

      Dheeraj, would you have any contact details of theirs.

      Amal

  26. Hi Dheeraj,

    I recently visited Ladakh . Based on your recommendations and online search we booked Sia -La guest house.
    Unfortunately , it does not have to offer good rooms and we could not stay there even for a day.May be we were given rooms which is old constructed ,its right in front with reception. I guess the other side is a new construction and have better amenities.
    So, we stayed in ” Sindhu guest house ” which is better ,cheaper and more spacious with good home cooked food and awesome room service..
    Have no intention to promote or demote any hotel ,just wanted to share with you.May be you can add Sindhu Guest House in your list and people visiting in future would be benefited out of it.

    Thanks again for your efforts buddy..

  27. Hi Deeraj,
    Thanks a lot for your informations.
    I will go from Durgapur (west Bengal) to ladakh- Kashmir tour by my TVS Apechi -180 alone, from 2nd week of September – 15. From net & you, I have planed it as follows ..
    1. durgapur to kanpur.
    2. kanpur to amritsar.
    3. amritsar to manali / solang valley.
    4. manali to spiti valley.
    5. spiti – kaza – kibber village – jispa / darcha.
    6. jispa – pang.
    7. pang – tsokar lake – tsomoriri lake.
    8. tsomoriri to hemis.
    9. hemis to chumathang.
    10. chumathang to hemis.
    11. hemis to spangmik.
    12. spangmik to pangong lake.
    13.Pangong to leh.
    14. leh to nubra valley.
    15. nubra – hunder – leh.
    16. leh to lamayuru.
    17. lamayuru to kargil / drass
    18. Drass – sonmarg – srinagar – gulmarg.
    19. gulmarg – srinagar – anantanag.
    20. anantanag to udhampur.
    22. udhampur to ludhiana.
    23. ludhiana to agra.
    24. Agra to Durgapur.
    Is it possible ? If yes then I will ask some question after your remark.
    Thanks.

    • Are you still planning to follow the same plan? If yes, I have some suggestions in case you are looking for it as it does not inline with the acclimatization schedule.

      • Hi Dheeraj,
        Thanks for your reply. Yes, I am still want to fulfill my dream tour. Please instruct me.
        Thanks.

        • Try this in that case:

          1. durgapur to kanpur.
          2. kanpur to amritsar.
          3. amritsar to manali / solang valley.
          4. Manali to Batal
          5. Batal – Chandratal – Sissu
          6. Sissu – Sarchu, though here you might suffer from AMS, so better move to Leh
          7. Sarchu – Leh
          8. Leh Rest day
          9. Leh – Nubra Valley over Khardung La
          10. Nubra Valley – Leh
          11. Leh – Hemis – Pangong Tso
          12. Pangong Tso – Shey – Thicksey – Leh
          13. Leh – Tso Moriri
          14. Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Leh
          15. Leh Rest day
          16. leh to lamayuru.
          17. lamayuru to kargil / drass
          18. Drass – sonmarg – srinagar – gulmarg.
          19. gulmarg – srinagar – anantanag.
          20. anantanag to udhampur.
          22. udhampur to ludhiana.
          23. ludhiana to agra.
          24. Agra to Durgapur.

        • Hi Dheeraj,
          Happy Independence Day in advance.
          Thanks for your helpful instruction.
          Now –
          1. Due to your description about Spiti Valley I do not want to miss it.
          2. Can not I save about 100 km & a day, if I go Sarchu/Pang to Tsomoriri & then Leh?
          3. On this latal tour can I use my own tent?
          4. Can I go Shimla-Kalpa-Nako-kaza-Jispa ?
          Please help me.
          Thanks.

        • Hi,

          1. Good to know that 🙂
          2. Your body will not be acclimatized to sleep at Tso Moriri that early in the trip. Things can get quite wrong in case you get hit with AMS
          3. Yes, you can pitch your tent. For information on pitching your own camps in Leh – Ladakh, please refer our FAQ in the community: FAQ | Can I pitch my own tents or camps anywhere in Ladakh?
          4. It will take 4 days to reach Jispa in that case from Shimla.

        • Hi Dheeraj,
          Hope you are fine. Thanks for your helpful advice. I am very close to my final tour plane by your valuable advises. Just some more …..
          1. Google map showing 2 points in case of Pangong lake. a) Sangmik (West side of the lake). b) East side of the lake which is about 100 km from Spangmik. Can I go & pitch my tent on that b point ?
          2. Is camping safe on Kargil – Gulmarg by considering thief ?
          3. Can you give an important short list of most bad road on Shimla – Narkanda – Kalpa – Kaza – Jispa – Tsomiriri – Pangon Lake – Leh – Nubra – Kargil – Gulmarg way ?
          4. I want to ride average 150 km – 175 km in a day ( if my speed is 20-25 km/hrs ) from Shimla to Kaza. Now ….
          a) What will be my bike’s speed ?
          b) I want to avoid hotels as possible. Which pleases should be proper for pitching my tent on this rout ?
          Waiting for you.
          Thanks.

        • Hello Dipangshu,

          1. No you cannot pitch the camp 100 KM of the spangmik as it is a sensitive region and army has rules not to deviate from the road track or camp in open in that region. Max. you can pitch is in the village of Man – Merak about 12 KMs from Spangmik. Also, camping at the shores of lake is not allowed and banned as it comes under ramsar site. So, you can only camp just outside the village if not in village.

          2. Kargil is fine, though I never camped in Gulmarg. There as well it should be fine, just pitch the camp in some ground of local or open area of local where you will find safety and you can tip him in the end.

          3. Not sure how much bad you mean bad here 🙂 … Once you enter Kinnaur, the roads will start getting bad as of a dirt track and in majority of the trip except in Leh – Ladakh it will be bad. In Leh – Ladakh most sections are good. The worse will be Kaza to Jispa/Gramphu

          4. 150-175 is normal and many bikers do it. But, keep in mind to take rest. Camping I already answered above, most hotels or local villagers will allow you to pitch the camp in their complex or just outside in return of small tip. This ensures much safety too.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

        • Hi Deeraj,
          After a several discussion with you, & studding DOW, & realizing your kind, helpful heart & experiences, ‘Thanks’ word is not sufficient for you. I should say to the God to bless you, & make more human like you to help us.
          Also I am jealous, after reading your article .. non stop driving from Kaza to Delhi, & hats off to your skill & courage.
          I have make my tour plane finally by you & DOW, which is as follows ..
          1. 6 th September-15 – Durgapur to Allahabad.
          2. 7 th September-15 – Allahabad to Delhi.
          3. 8 th September-15 – Delhi to Narkanda.
          4. 9 th September-15 – Narkanda to Chitkul.
          5. 10 th September-15 – Chitkul to Dhankar.
          6. 11 th September-15 -Dhankar-Kaza-Kibbar-Batal.
          7. 12 th September-15 – Batal to Darcha.
          8. 13 th September-15 – Darcha to Pang.
          9. 14 th September-15 – Pang to Tsomoriri.
          10. 15 th September-15 – Tsomoriri to Hemis.
          11. 16 th September-15 – Hemis to Pangong.
          12. 17 th September-15 – Pangong to Leh.
          13. 18 th September-15 – Leh ( Rest )
          14. 19 th September-15 – Leh to Panamik.
          15. 20 th September-15 – Panamik to Leh.
          16. 21 th September-15 – Leh to Lamayuru.
          17. 22 th September-15 – lamayuru to Sonmarg.
          18. 23 th September-15 – Sonmarg to Gulmag.
          19. 24 th September-15 – Gulmarg to Srinagar.
          20. 25 th September-15 – Srinagar to Anantanag.
          23. 26 th September-15 – Anantanag to Udhampur.
          24. 27 th September-15 – udhampur to Ludhiyana.
          25. 28 th September-15 – Ludhiyana ( Rest )
          26. 29 th September-15 – Ludhiyana to Agra.
          27. 30 th September-15 – Agra to Baranasi
          28. 31 th September-15 – Baranasi to Durgapur.
          Please edit if necessary.
          Now, I have studied your 5 reason to avoid Manali – Leh highway.
          1. According to that is my plan to biking ok ?
          2. I can not find anything in DOW about the snow fall or timing on Leh – Srinagar highway. Is my timing ok ?
          Please advice me for the last time.
          Thanks.

        • 1. Better stay at Sangla or Rakcham, chitkul might be high that early.
          2. Stay at Tabo and avoid high Dhangkar village
          3. Instead of Darcha stay at Jispa
          4. Jispa to Tso Kar can be done and then Tso Moriri. Pang is OK too.
          5. Avoid Panamik, visit hunder /. Deskit
          6. Rest looks OK

        • Hi, Dheeraj,
          Thanks for your kind & valuable reply. I will go as per you, & will contact after my tour. Be happy, & make other happy as you are doing.

      • Dipangshu on

        Hi Dheeraj,
        I have completed my dream tour. Want to post photos & experiences here. How I can do it?

  28. Hi Deeraj, could you please suggest any homestay or guesthouse at kargil? Thanks in advance

    • Few readers/members of DoW have suggested below options:

      Aaman Guest House (just 3-4 kms after entering Kargil check post), it was a homestay and stay and food was awesome.
      Daspa Guest House (confused it with other) near bypass bridge. Name: Mr. Gulam Mohammed; Mob: 09469730240. 
      Paradise Guest House in Kargil is a decent place to stay

  29. Hello sir,
    Me and my friends we are planning to take a road trip on bike from Leh-Ladakh. Van you please tell me that where can we stay during the trip ? Will there be any accommodation ? & can you please tell me that is the bike rental amount(e.g. 1000) is for per/day ?

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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 🙂

  37. 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.

  38. 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

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

  40. 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!

  41. 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.

  42. 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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