Moderate Budget Hotels or Accommodation in Leh – Ladakh

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In this second 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 moderate budget (Rs 1200 – 2000) types accommodation. So, if you are looking for a decent, clean and comfortable but moderate budget 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 IndiaMike and BCMT forums (of course, I cannot stay in all of them 😉 ).

Hotel Panorama – Leh
Hotel Panorama - Leh

Most of these places are ideal to stay with family as well because they offer decent comfort and facilities which a family may require but looking out for moderate range budget accommodation options. However, if you are looking for an exceptional in-room service, finest linen, luxurious and ultra comfortable rooms in a hotel and that too for a price range of Rs 1500 – 2000 then perhaps this list may not be for you. 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.

Moderate Budget Hotels or Accommodation options in Leh, Ladakh
  • Khan Manzil Guest House
    Very Nice and decent stay with view of Leh Palace. Both Main Market and Changspa road are very near to it. Rooms at right side of staircase are much smaller and gets too hot in daytime, so choose rooms to the right as you get off the staircase.

    • Price Range: Rs 1500 – 1800 for double bedroom
    • Contact: Sh. Mohd Deen Khan – 01982-252681
    • Location: Zangsti Road, Leh / Opposite Leh Palace
    • Category: Moderate
  • Hotel Panorama: Stayed there on DoW Mega Meet 2013, The hotel was good with very decent, comfortable and cozy rooms. The hotel is located at Shanti Stupa road, very near to Changspa road and just ahead of Shanti Guest House or Oriental Guest House. The quality & taste of food served was very good.
    • Price Range: Rs 1500 – 2000 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: 01982-251660 / 09419178858 / 09622983839
    • Location: Shanti Stupa Road, Leh
    • Category: Economic / Moderate / Home Stay
  • Oriental Guest House: Very much Recommended but generally runs full during season so planned booking required. Nice place to stay, good, clean and comfortable rooms. Nice garden, just before Shanti Guest House. Shanti Stupa and Changspa Road are very near by. In night, you need a stick for stray dogs and torchlit as there is no street light on road leading to the guest house.
    • Price Range: Rs 1200 – 1800+ for a double bedroom
    • Contact: 01982-253153, 01982-250516, 09419178774 and Fax: 01982-252414
    • Location: Shanti Stupa Road, Leh
    • Category: Economic / Moderate
  • Asia Guest House and Hotel: Economic, good, clean, homley and very much Recommended. Nice little garden and Wi-Fi too now-a-days. Right on Chanspa road means lots of cuisines near by the hotel including the famous Jeevan Cafe. Asia Hotel run by the same owner as a part of same complex (though rooms, kitchen, sit-out areas separate) is also equally good. But, the prices are a bit higher for hotel as compared to the Guest House whose rooms are basic but almost equally comfortable as compared to the hotel.
    • Price Range: Rs 1200 – 1500 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: +91-1982-253403, +91-9622958260
    • Location: Changspa Road, Leh
    • Category: Economic / Moderate / Home Stay
  • Sia La Guest House: Highly Recommended if it suits your budget and you are with a family. Nice, clean and quite option of stay. Very central and close to market, lovely garden, running hot water and very tasty food. Parking is a problem and needs to be done on main road.
    • Price Range: Rs 1500 – 2000 (last updated 2015)
    • Contact: Mr. Nabilay – 09419178100, 01982-252821
    • Location: Fort Road, Leh
    • Category: Moderate / High
  • Shaynam Hotel Spacious and clean rooms, good food. TV with DTH connection. Near to Leh main market. Stayed there for good two days, had decent time. (Ask for manager Ringchain, give him my reference as Dheeraj and ask him to give decent prices on whatever he offers first.)
    • Price Range: Rs 1000 – 1500 for a double bedroom
    • Contact:01982252345, 09419178484
    • Location: Changspa Road
    • Category: Moderate / High
  • Kidar Guest House: Very much recommended. Great quality + cleanliness of rooms, good ambience. Well furnished, with clean toilets and linen. Running hot water available in the morning but anytime in buckets. Traditional Ladakhi style dining rooms being home stay.
    • Price Range: Rs 1500 – 2000 for double bedroom
    • Contact: Mr & Mrs Ongchuk: 01982-252046, 09419179029
    • Location: Behind Hotel Mandala, Lower Tukcha, Fort Road, Leh
    • Category: Economic / Moderate
  • Shanti Guest House: Economic, good, clean, homley. Shanti Stupa and Changspa Road are very near by. Parking on road but not an issue. Getting to average place to stay for past couple years. In night, you need a stick for stray dogs and torchlit as there is no street light on road leading to the guest house.
    • Price Range: Rs 1200 – 1500 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: +91-1982-253084, +91-1982-250023, +91-9419178760, +91-9419888833, +91-9906982118
    • Location: Shanti Stupa Road, Leh
    • Category: Economic / Moderate / Home Stay
  • Mountain Retreat Guest House: Nice, clean rooms and complete value for money. Near Shanti Stupa and Changspa Road.
    • Price Range: Rs 1200 – 1500 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: 01982-250734 / 09697992306 / 0941924250
    • Location: Yourtung, Leh / Near to Shanti Stupa
    • Category: Economic / Moderate
  • Horzey Hotel: Spacious rooms with hot water supply. Very near to main market and is run under Youth Hostel Association. So, if you have Youth Hostel membership then it is nice deal for you.
    • Price Range: Rs 1500 – 1800
    • Contact: Mr Phuntsog Wangchuk – 09906979233 / 01982–252580 / 01982-252454
    • Location: Old Road, Leh
    • Category: Economic / Moderate
  • Horpo Guest House: Good hospitality, clean rooms and excellant food.
    • Price Range: Rs 1500 – 2000 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: Mr Tsetan: 09906975196
    • Location: Chubie Road, Leh
    • Category: Moderate / High
  • Hotel Tsokar: Clean rooms, decent and comfortable stay. Hot running water, nice food and rooms also have a TV. An Internet Cafe and nice little garden. Main market is very near. Nice option if you are with family. ALL SEASON hotel with room heating system in winters. For wikimapia location click here
    • Price Range: Rs 2000 – 2500 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: Mr. Dehlex – 08803347763, 01982–253072
    • Location: Ldutuk, Leh / Near Main Market, Leh
    • Category: Moderate / High
  • Hotel Bijoo: Good, clean and comfortable rooms. Main market is very near. For wikimapia location click here
    • Price Range: Rs 1800 – 2500 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: 09419178297, 01982-252131
    • Location: Near Public Library, Leh and Ladakh
    • Category: Moderate / High

I hope you find the above list of moderate budget 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, moderate budget option of stay in 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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  3. A big Thank you for all the information provided to novices like us.
    we are 2 friends leaving for leh ladakh trip on 20July – 10 august, planning mumbai-jammu-srinagar-leh-manali-delhi-mumbai, need to know if we might have any problems due to kalchakra festival, also a suitable itenary.

    • Ken, what is your mode of transport. Also, Kalachakra festival will be over by that time, so should not be any issues. Also, these 20 days are ex. Delhi ot Mumbai? If Mumbai, shall I take 4 days from it for to-fro travel between Delhi-Mumbai?

  4. Dheeraj, would you please help me in the following cases?
    I am planning a journey from Shimla to Leh via Lahaul Spiti during the last week of June and the first week of July, this year (2014)…
    I will be reaching Leh on 27th June.. and will stay there till 30th June.. should I book the hotel in advance?
    I am going to spend the night of 1st July in Hunder/ Diskit.. should I book the hotel there too?
    Is it possible to return to Keylong directly from Hunder/ Diskit?

    • Gourab, there is no need to book hotel in advance if you are comfortable enough to search around here and there and not too specific about hotels. It is not possible to reach Keylong directly from Nubra Valley in a day.

      • Is it possible to reach Sarchu from Nubra Valley in one day?
        And one more thing..
        Is it possible to get the inner line permit in the first hour of the day and head for Pangong or Nubra? Or it takes a whole day and I have to wait till the next day?

        • Goura, no, I will not suggest to do Sarchu – Nubra Valley in a day. You should halt at Leh. Inner line permits are not needed for Indians starting this year for regular tourist destinations in Ladakh.

  5. Hi Dheeraj, thank you this wonderful effort. Can you please help me out with this?
    I am planning to travel to Leh via Srinagar – Kargil between 27th June to 6th July, 2014. I was not aware of the Kalchakra Festival. Now I am worried about the availability of boarding and vehicles due to the huge crowd that is expected to assembled during the festival.
    Can you please tell me how difficult the situation gets during the festival?
    It is not possible for me to pre-pone the trip but I can postpone till end of July. Do I run the risk of falling into rainy weather during that time?
    Another question, I want to take my parents , they are all in late 50s. Will the trip be very hectic for them? Considering the possibility of ams and the rigours of the trip will it be safe for them?
    Following is my initial trip itinerary:
    June 27- Kolkata-Delhi-Srinagar
    June 28- Srinagar Local
    June 29- Srinagar-Sonmarg-Drass-Kargil
    June 30- Kargil-Mulbeck-Lamayuru-Leh
    July 1- Leh – Nubra Valley
    July 2- Nubra Valley – Leh
    July 3- Leh – Pangong
    July 4- Pangong -Leh
    July 5- Leh Local
    July 6- Leh-Delhi-Kolkata
    Thank you in advance for all your help on this post.

    • Hi Dheeraj, thank you this wonderful effort. Can you please help me out with this?

      Yes, especially for stay in Leh and your taxi will be very very difficult to find. Better book in advance during the festival period.

      In case you can do the bookings you should be fine with these dates too. Regarding your parents, it all depends if they are used to about 7-8 Hrs of drives a day especially when you will be going from Srinagar to Leh… Though seeing the itinerary I feel it will be manageable since you are doing in relaxed manner. And regarding AMS, it does not relate to Age, Sex or Fitness. It can happen to anyone at anytime 🙂 … Just take things easy and drink plenty of fluids.

  6. Hi,

    We are planning for a trip to Ladakh during July, 2014. We will be cmg to Chandigarh on 2nd July, 2014 by 11 am. And will be leaving Srinagar on 11th July, 2014. During this stay, we wanna travel through Manali, Leh and Srinagar. Can you kindly suggest an best itenary for the same.

    Also, I saw about HP Circuit house/Rest houses. Just wanna know how are these govt aided houses. Are these clean? Or just kind of ok.


    • Harish, this year it will be kaal chakra festival in Leh and you can expect lakhs of people around during this period in around Leh. Stay and especially taxis in Leh will be veyr very difficult to find if not booked in advance. Have you considered this factor?

  7. Hi
    Thanks for the wonderful information
    We are planning to reach Ladakh via road from manali by 22 June (Sun) evening.
    We plan to leave for Kargil on 28 June (5 days in Leh-Ladakh)and fly out on 30 from srinagar after overnight at Kargil on 29.
    We plan to hire bikes for the 5 days we are in ladakh and dont have any bookings as of now.

    1. Can you please give me an itenary to cover pangong tso, Nubra valley and anything else so we do the maximum we can in an easy way.

    2. Can we do Zanskar valley on the way to Kargil or need to remove an extra day for that

    3. Will it be cheaper to hire a taxi between 4 of us from Manali to Leh , then another from leh to kargil or just ask some hotel guy to book us a taxi all the way from manali to srinagar (Though we would like to travel by bikes in Leh-Ladakh)

    Thanks in advance

    • Hi Adnan,

      1. One day rest in Leh, two day trip to Nubra Valley covering Diskit – Hunder – Sumur – Panamik, two day trip to Pangong Tso covering Hemis – Thicksey – Shey and Stakna monasteries.

      2. Zanskar Valley needs at least 3-4 days for basic run and back kind of trip ex. Kargil.

      3. Manali to Leh will be HP based taxi and rest you can hire in Leh as one taxi upto Srinagar.


  8. Hi Dheeraj,

    I have many questions related to the trip to Leh-Ladakh, though many things are clear but I need to know many more things, as the travel agents that I have contacted donot give accurate information and it varies among them and since you are not one among them I think I can trust u for all the info that you can provide…. we are a group of 8 people travelling from Hyderabad between may 19-30th 2014 with a budget of 10000 per head and i want to make the best of it.Can you please share your mobile number here or email it please ?

    Thank you so much !

    • To be very frank, 10K sounds too low on the spectrum for a trip to Ladakh from Hyderabad. The taxi costs are huge and considering 8 people you will end up having two taxis or one tempo travelers that will cost you anywhere between, 10K-13K per person just for taxi considering you will be doing Srinagar to Manali.

  9. Darshan Rathod on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Firstly, i would like to thank you for such a wonderful website and all your initiatives and hardwork for developing this.
    Truely this work is commandable.

    Can you please help me out with this?
    I am planning for Leh Ladakh tour from 23rd July to 2nd August 2014. (8 pax)

    I would be flying from Mumbai to Srinagar and will land Srinagar by 4 p.m on 23rd July. (Booked flight tickets to and fro Srinagar and my return flight is on 2nd Aug)

    Once i land at Srinagar airport, how should i start my trip really getting confused…

    Apart from covering maximum places in Leh and its surroundings i would also love to cover 1 or 2 days in Kashmir or Srinagar like Sonmarg etc…. (if time permits)

    Can you please suggest an itinerary which would help me to cover maximum places.

    Thank you in advance for all your help on this post.

    • Thank you Darshan. You can follow something like below for your Ladakh trip given the days in hand.

      Day 1 | Reach 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 + Inner Line Permits
      — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | 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 6 | 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 7 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
      — Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)

      Day 8 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 9 | Leh – Dah / Hanu – Batalik – Kargil
      — Take the Batalik route this time to Kargil and make sure you have Batalik, Dah, Hanu on your inner line permit mentioned when you take them
      — Overnight at Kargil

      Day 10 | Kargil – Drass – Zozi La – Sonamarg – Srinagar
      — Enjoy the vistas enroute
      — Have late drunch meal at Sonamarg
      — Overnight at Srinagar


      • Darshan Rathod on

        Thank you for all your inputs on this post.
        I heard about the River rafting which is really adventurous, so where should i go for it as there are many places for River rafting there. I am looking out for the best one and how much time it will take to complete this activity.
        Apart from River Rafting which all activities can be done over there.
        Thank you.

        • Darshan, there is one that happens from Nimmu to Phey and also towards Chilling as well. Mountain Biking, Trekking can be done in Leh – Ladakh

        • Darshan Rathod on

          Dheeraj, sorry to bother you again.
          If i go with the itinerary you provided, when should i go for River Rafting and how much time it takes to complete this activity. As per your reply, you gave me 2 options which one should i prefer. Obviously i am looking out for the most adventurous one..

          One more thing, just wanted to check whether Tsomoriri lake can be adjusted in the specific time and is it worth seeing this lake or only Pangong is fine???
          I really want to cover maximum places within stipulated time.
          Please let me know your thougths on this.


        • Darshan, I have not done it but have read that Nimmu to Chilling is better one. Rafting can be done when you return from Nubra Valley. But skip Sumur and Panamik on that day and start early from Hunder.

          Adding Tso Moriri means that you are compromising on many things and making the journey very hectic. Avoid it 🙂

  10. SAMIR SEAL on

    Dear friend a special good wishes for BENGALI NEW YEAR today ( 1421) I have made a priogramme for a trip from srinagar to ladakh back via manali from 06.09.2014, on 07.09 we will start for kargil on 08.09 will want to visit upto RANGDUM and back to kargil for further journey to ladakh, hence if you kindly guide me for trip from kargil to rangdum and others I will be very much glad I have managed daily 03 rooms car from srinagar to kalka for 15 days from 07.09.2014 to 21.09.2014, including A/p plan for TSO-MORIRI, and NUBRA VALLEY with 1,75,000/-, whether it is ok/ or to high with 07 adult members and 01 minor head waiting to listen from you eagerly.

    • Hello Sameer,

      Same to you too !! Since I don’t know which hotels have you opted cannot comment on the pricing. But, as per the experience from the readers last year you can also cross check with [email protected] … You can refer DoW there. Regarding Rangdum to Kargil, you will need one day. The next day only you need to go to Leh from Kargil.


  11. mithlesh kumar on

    Dear sir,
    I want to know moderate and budget hotels in sirnagar,boat house (dal lake srinagr), kargril and between kargril to leh

    • Mithlesh, you can check Greenland Standard block in kargil, houseboats are in general moderate budget if you are open the negotiate the prices on the spot. Else Hotel York is one budget option in Srinagar.

  12. Hi,
    To start with, a great resource for such a specific need and quality of info is really great. Helped me book hotel.
    A friend and I are going to be in Leh in the first week of April. How can we make the best of week and what are your tips on doing in this time of year and on moving around on bikes?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Onkar, thank you so much. Well, to get an idea of going around in Ladakh for 7-8 days 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: Leh – Ladakh | Most Common Itinerary by Air.

      Regarding moving around on bikes, well it will be cold so be prepared for it. Secondly, don’t take the bikes over Passes as there will be snow and bikes will skid which may injure you.

  13. HI Dhiraj,
    Incredible job by helping so many people who would want to visit leh.
    My plan is to visit Bangalore Chandigarh Kalka Simla Manali Leh.
    now my questions if you can help answer, as below:
    1. How to go from Manali to leh, we are one couple might be one more couple who might join us? Need best and resonable transport.
    2. How many days it takes to reach.
    3. Suggest some nice budget but clean homestay, as our wives are very particular about their stay.
    4. 3 days in Leh is what we have , suggest best paces to visit.

    Look forward for your reply.and yes we visting during last week july and 1st week aug.. is it good time?

    • Hi Roy,

      Please find my replies below in the same order of your queries:

      1 + 2. There are HPTDC buses that run between Manali and Leh which takes two days with overnight stop at Keylong. The bus fares includes accommodation at Keylong too. Take that bus.
      3. You can check the above articles and listed guest houses which are quite clean and suggested.
      4. One day will go in for rest and acclimatization. 1 day you can visit Khardung La and on last day visit Pangong Tso Lake


      • HI Dheeraj,
        Many thanks for your swift reponse, just few more wanted to check do you share your number by any chance, you know in case we need some help last moment. Also wanted to check 2 things and if you can suggest:
        1. Do you think shimla is worth paying a visit as I have heard it is same like ooty and has become commercial. Rather we can utilize those 2 days in Manali or Leh. Your input should be very helpful.
        2ND. Is it better to go from chandigarh to leh or delhi to leh and whats the best way of transport. thanks a ton.

        • Hello Roy,

          I will suggest you drop Shimla altogether and put that day in Leh. That way you can have 4 days in Leh which will help you cover 1 Day rest in Leh, then 2 day trip to Nubra Valley via Khardung La and then 1 day trip to Pangong Tso. This way you will not miss the beauty of Nubra Valley.

          Best is you reach Chandigarh, then take overnight Volvo to manali and then bus to Leh from Manali. You can use the Email Me link on the side bar to mail me and I will share my number.

          Dheeraj Sharma

      • HI Dheeraj,
        Manali to Leh, during July 29th is what we plan to leave. You saying 29th Morning bus will leave from Manali and 30th morning will reach leh or is it 30th evening or 31st Morning we reach ? Please clarify.

        • Roy, bus leaves at 11 AM from Manali and reach Keylong in the evening the same day. Next day they start 5 AM in the morning from Keylong and reaches leh in the evening. I hope it clears your doubt.

  14. Dear Mr.Dheeraj,

    Thank you very much for your unbelievable help to us.

    We are three couple with kids age of 13 years (2 Adult + 1 Kids,2 Adult + 1 Kids, 2 Adult + 2 Kids )plan to visit Jammu, Kashmir,Leh and Ladakh during next May 2014. Regarding this trip I would like to know as follows from you, kindly help me to plan this trip with your valuable guidance.

    I would like to know, Can I travel through the public transport from Jammu to various place in-between Leh – Ladakh?

    Can we rent a bike? What is the charge of rental bike? How can we obtain it?

    As per your guidance what kind of transport vehicle is preferable for us?

    Please list out the most unexploited place on this route.

    • Hello Pradip,

      Yes, Srinagar – Leh Highway will be open by that time of the year and you can avail the public transport. However, since you are families you can also take the shared cab for yourself, however those shared taxis run from Srinagar to Leh in a day mostly which will become hectic for a family.

      With families, I will seriously NOT advice to go with bike rental, rather stick to taxis only. Places to visit will depend upon the number of days you have in hand.

      You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

      • Dear Mr. Dheeraj,

        Thank you very much for your reply.

        I am from Gujart State, which route is preferable for me to visit leh-ladakh from Manali or Shrinagar?

        If I hire a taxi from Manali or Shrinagar, can i travel with same taxi within Leh-Ladakh aria?

        • Hi Pradip,

          I will suggest you that please plan it in other direction as going via Srinagar – Leh Highway will be much much easier on your body and help you acclimatize to the high altitude of Manali – Leh Highway. Also, it allows you to enjoy the beauty of Manali – Leh by splitting the journey almost evenly in two days which is very difficult in the other direction. Thirdly, it will allow you to fit Tso Moriri lake into the itinerary in better way. You can read more reasons on the link here

          You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

          You can hire the Ladakhi taxi in Srinagar and then use the taxi for the entire tour. Otherwise, taxis outside Ladakh are not allowed in Ladakh. Best is to get in touch with Ladakhi driver who can pick you from Srinagar hotel and then be with you upto Manali. You can refer the thread for a comprehensive list of drivers for Ladakh: List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali

          Dheeraj Sharma

  15. manab lahiri on

    dear deeraj
    we want to visit rangdrum or parkachik on 27th May 2014. please let me know if there are any accommodation for 27tourist.if so plese send contact no.
    manab lahiri

  16. Hi Dheeraj
    First of all I must say you have done an incredible job by giving all the information.Thank you for making it all easy for all us fellow travellers
    I had few queries..2 of my friends and myself,we are planning to visit Leh this May starting 18th May,2014) we were looking for a guest house/hotel which can provides us with leh,nubra valley and pangong I believe it would be a bit chilly during that time.Does the tents have any chance of providing with heaters?Could you give us some advice on this (names of such places).
    Please do bear for troubling you with such questions

    Thanks again in advance

    • Hello Pallabi,

      Thank you, my pleasure. It will be difficult to get heaters in Pangong Tso. You can get them at guest houses in Tangste some 34 KMs before Pangong Tso. In Leh, you will be able to get many guest houses where heaters are available but they charge extra for it. In Nubra Valley, you can check with Hotel Stendel. Yes, May is a bit chilly in Ladakh. Tents will not have heaters.

      Dheeraj Sharma

  17. Shikha Goyal on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Your blog has been really helpful. I just had few queries about the weather in Leh in Mid April. We are planning a trip from 10-16th Apr by air (as roads will be closed) and have been told by many ppl to not go as its gonna be extremely cold and most places will remain shut but at the same time have read online that Leh in April is beautiful. Too confused. Our tickets have been booked. Should we go ahead or just cancel? Please suggest on priority. Thanks

    • Hello Shikha,

      Well, you can check my Travel Tale of Ladakh from April at the link: A Snow Whiteout in Leh – Trapped Again | Ladakh – 2012

      You will be able to see how beautiful it is in April and yet also be able to see that everything in Ladakh when I visited was open as far as sightseeing and exploring is concerned. However, you need to bear in mind the cold conditions up there at that time of the year and lack of variety of food + accommodation options. As it is off season, so things are pretty much closed at most place with respect to food options and stay options. But, you will be able to find basic stays and basic food.

      Going through the Travel Tale will help you decide to GO or NOT GO 🙂 🙂

      dheeraj Sharma

  18. Hello there, i am going to visit leh/ladakh in 3rd week of Jan2014. could you please recommend me hotel/guest house with central heating facility near main market/heart of the town. my budget is around Rs. 1500/day. Thanks

    • Vivek, centrally heated hotel will be costly I feel. Check the guest houses like Shanti, Oriental which are open all round the year. There is this Shaynam Hotel which also I feel is open all round the year. Check that.

  19. Is it necessary to pre book hotels for trip during end of Aug or we can book the hotel on spot??

    • Hello Akash,

      It depends on your choice. If you do not plan to stay at any specific hotel and if you are OK with searching the place a bit after seeing the room conditions once reaching the place, then I guess you could save some good amount of money too on the hotel bookings. Secondly, it provides you with more and more flexibility in terms of dates you reach on a particular place and allow you any last minutes changes. In places like Ladakh where road conditions are uncertain enough to force a change in plan, the flexibility always top the list.

      Finding a place is not that difficult in Leh and your taxi will be able to help you through. Keep this list handy with you: A preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh including moderate and cheap budget hotels as well in the series of articles starting on the link here

      Dheeraj Sharma

  20. Jinesh Shah on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We traveled in June 2012 and stayed at Hotel Ladakh Heaven located very close to the market. I guess the charges were Rs. 1,500 – 1,800 per night with an extra bed and breakfast. Good service, clean hotel and decent food as well.

    Contact Details : Nirmal (manager)

  21. Hi ,
    I’m visiting leh in the month of jan 2014, can u please suggest me good accommodation with good food & proper heated room.

  22. arunava dasgupta on

    i want to visit leh, ladakh in june – july 2014. my question is
    1. suggest budget hotels in between 900/- to 1500/-.
    2. what is the temperature at that time.
    3. i want to see roadside snow. possible?

    • Hello Arunava,

      Firstly, wishing you a very Happy Diwali !!

      1. You can check the above list, there are many in the above article which will fall under this category.
      2. In July, it will be pleasant with temperatures ranging from 10-20 Degrees 🙂
      3. At that time of the year, there might be snow at passes on road side. Apart from that, nowhere else.

      Dheeraj Sharma

      Dheeraj Sharma

  23. manab lahiri on


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  25. Rakesh Sachdeva on

    During my last visit to Leh in June 2013, we stayed at Hotel Tso-Kar on Fort Road & I found it a good place to stay. It is centrally located, decent well carpeted rooms with LCD TV & good breakfast options. It was a good deal for Rs 2400/- a night including breakfast in peak season. Highly recommended.

  26. Dr Subir Chatterjee on

    If we want to visit Leh-Ladakh any time during next year, from which time should we start for reservation for accommodations (Leh, Nubra, Pangong tso, Tso moriri, Uletokpo etc)? Should we reserve vehicle from Leh to Leh (10-12 days) from our place only or we can have it after arriving Leh. I think it will be risky to hire vehicle after arriving Leh. How can we book vehicle (SUV) from our place (Saharanpur, U.P)

    • Dr. Subir, you can get the taxi upon reaching Leh. For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2013-14 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.

  27. Can you please tell me, will we get reasonable accommodation in Lamayuru? Instead to Kargil I want to visit/stay in Lamayuru.


    I am 70 years intend to attend Ladakh Festival along with my son & friends in September from kolkata-chandigarh-manali-rotang-leh-ladakh. When to start from Kolkata & where to stay(budget accommodation) near festival ground. I also like to travel surrounding places and back to kolkata via kargil or vice-versa. It should 10/15 days trip duration. Please give your contact mobile no. & e-mails so that I can talk & mail you directly.

    • Hello Mr. Deb,

      You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travelers including me at the link here for 14-15 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

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

      Dheeraj Sharma

      PS: Sorry for the delayed response, I was traveling to Spiti Valley for past 10 days.

  29. Piyush Jain on

    Hi Dheeraj

    I am desperately looking for an accommodation in Upshi/Rumptse and PANG. It would be great if I get something modestly reliable in Pang to break my leh-manali journey as i am travelling with 8 family members. I know there might just be Tents but better than dhaba tents right??
    If I get nothing in Pang i will have to halt at upshi and sarchu.

    • Piyush, Pang only has dorm tents or dhabha tents. Upshi / Rumste will only have basic accommodation for stay like homestays or small standard guest houses.

  30. Dear Dheeraj
    we are going to leh-ladakh in the month of september we are four freinds. I want to know that we are going for 5 nights so all the 5 nights we should stay in leh or is there any other option to stay in ladakh also if yes so where should we stay then. looking for budget property in leh and ladakh also (if possible). and would love to hire bike or car from leh to go pangong lake and other places and we all want to stay in same room so is this possible.. please suggest….

  31. Jesal Shah on

    Hi Deeraj,

    We were planning to visit Leh on 29th April 2013 for a 6 day trip. Can you please suggest a nice hotel/guest house for stay keeping the following in mind –

    1) Veg food available in the hotel.

    2) Hot water.

    3) proximity to the main market.

    4) budget in the range of ~700-1100/ day

    Appreciate your help here.


      • Jesal Shah on

        Thanks Dheeraj, in general do you think would it would make sense to stay a night each in Nubra valley and Pangong lake rather than doing a day journey?

        thanks again for your help.

        • Jesal, For Nubra Valley you should surely do it. May be Pangong Tso get away with day journey but if you have time better to take it easy paced.

  32. Dr B P Dubey on

    I, Dr. B. P. Dubey, 59.5 yrs old, am planning to visit Leh in mid June 2013. I am alone. I would like to go to Leh by road from Sri Nagar via Kargil and return via Manali. My trip would be of about 9 days. Most of the time will be spent in sight seeing in Leh. I would prefer Sri Nagar – Kargil – Leh – Manali trip by bus. I am looking for like-minded people to form a group for this trip so that we can hire a vehicle, if required, for any section of this trip. I will start my journey from Mumbai. My journey from Mumbai to Sri Nagar and from Manali to Mumbai would be independent. Interested persons are requested to contact me as soon as possible on following contact details.
    Phone : (Office) – 022-25594420,
    Phone : (Residence) – 022-25571392, M : 09594257653 (after office hours only)
    email = [email protected]

  33. Dr B P Dubey on

    I am planning to visit Leh in the middle of June 2013. I want to travel from Mumbai upto Sri Nagar / Jammu by Train / Air. I wish to go to Leh from there via Kargil by Govt / luxury bus. I want to come to Manali from Leh by Govt / Luxury bus. I want to return to Mumbai from Manali by train / air. I want to complete this trip in 9 days. I would like to stay in medium / cheap hotel during my travel. I would be alone. I would like to spend as much time as possible in Leh. Please tell me whether local tour operators are there in Leh who will take me to various tourist points in a group so that I don’t have to hire a full vehicle for me only. Please advise and give contact details of concerned persons to contact during this trip. I am not keen in taking a package for this tour. However, if one such package is available with above-mentioned requirements, I won’t mind taking it either.

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  35. I am planning a Ladhak trip on May 22nd via flight from New delhi. will be reaching there in the early morning. Do i need to pre book my hotel stay as i will be only 2 in numbers (Accompanied by my wife). What about the airport transfers? Is it cheap and easily available? Moreover, i read the taxi rates 2012-13 and they seems to be very expensive.. so keeping in mind for the moderate budget kindly suggest me the best itenery as days are not the constrained (Budget is 🙁 ) Also, the return to delhi will be via road. I am planning to take a kargil route so that I can stay in Srinagar for couple of days as well. Will the route be functional for buses/shared taxi around 29 May ( Assuming 7 day stay in Ladhak). Thankyou 4 ur valuable info 🙂

    • Virat, well brother You are going as a couple 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 🙂

      Plan to spend couple of days in Leh, 2 day tour to Nubra Valley, 1 day trip to Pangong Tso and 2 day trip to Tso Moriri. You will get such people to club with in that ways.

      Most likely Srinagar – Leh Highway will be open by May end.

      Dheeraj Sharma

  36. Yogesh Bansal on

    Just saw very usefull information on your blog’s.We are going to leh on 1st Feb and back on 5th morning.
    We want to visit Pangong and khardungla mainly.
    Pls advise good hotel and itinerary

    • Yogesh, it will be super cold out there. Do go well prepared!!

      Stay at least 2 days in Leh only for better acclimatization. Then visit Khardung La as a day trip and finally Pangong Tso for a day trip. Keep last day as buffer day.

      Dheeraj Sharma

  37. subhankar choudhury on

    hi, your site is fabulous, and after went through details need some extra info about ladakh & kargil tour via srinagar. we are group of 6-7 people wants to visit ladkah during the month of June.08(saturday) for next 8 days. we will be coming from calcutta. My questions as are follows :-

    1) Can we get share taxi from srinagar with leh registration, reason behind the same is we are assuming in that case the cost may be low(up-down charges will be not there)
    2) as we are seven people is that possible to take a single car, because in maximum cases we found 6 person + 1 driver is allowed, and we also heard that in ladakh more than 3-4 person per car is not allowed.
    3) if point 1 is not allowed, in that case what could be the cost per day per vechile if we hire the leh registration vechile from kargil?
    4) in your site, you mentioned the cost of hire car from srinagar to leh would be around rs. 10000/- average with 1 night hault at srinagar, but what about hiring the car from srinagar to kargil only, what will be the cost in that case

    • Hi Subhankar,

      Thanks brother!!

      1. You can get the shared taxis and they will charge yeah a bit less. You will get them at TRC (Tourist reception center) most likely.
      2. Yes, you can buy all the seats in the taxi and make it your own private 🙂 … quite common. But, looks forJK-10 taxi.
      3. Keep in mind that above taxi will not halt for the day.
      4. Yeah, the prices are a bit high now, may be will be more high next year too. Keep it 12 K. Srinagar to Kargil cost about 5K.

      For doubts related to budget for Leh – Ladakh trip, I am sure the link below will help you alot for getting an idea of overall budget:
      How to calculate cost or budget for Leh – Ladakh trip

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you need any further details or have any queries.

      Dheeraj Sharma

  38. Ritesh Sharma on

    I was in Leh in August 2012 with my wife and 5 year old kid. We stayed at Horpo Guest House. This is one amazing place to stay. Nice location, neither right inside the main market nor far away. Its about 0.5 km from the main market, and one can easily walk the distance. The guest house has a nice view with the Shanti Stupa and mountains in the front and Castle at Tsemo in the back. The Leh palace is also around. Very Hospitable owner Mr Tsetan helps and guides you a lot. For the price Horpo charges the place is very very good. Recommended to all future travelers..

    • Thanks alot Ritesh for these details, I am sure this will certainly help other people interested in staying in Leh. Do you have any updated contact?

      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Ritesh Sharma on

        Horpo Guest House,
        Chubi, Leh Ladakh,
        near Women Alliance,
        Jammu & Kashmir, India 194101
        Tel: +91 01982 251135
        Mobile: +91 9906975196 (Mr. Tsetan Tundup)

  39. Sanjay Sharma on

    Hotel Thongsal has quoted me Rs 2000 on 29th October. Oriental hotel is approx the same.
    Shanti Guest House will charge around 1500.
    Where should I stay?

    Which all hotels are open in winter in Leh?

    • Hello Sanjay,

      1. I hope these prices are with all meals?? Did you check with Hotel Sten Del in Nubra Valley which is way much better than Thongsal.
      2. In Leh, you can stay with Hotel Shaynam or Sia La if you like and I hope they run in winters too. Oriental is good but away from main market. Avoid Shanti Guest House as few did not have a good experience with it in the past.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know in case you have any queries or doubts.

      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Sanjay Sharma on

        I was talking of Hotel Thongsal in Leh.
        The 2000 price includes breakfast I think.
        Can you list all the hotels open in winter?

        • I am really sorry Sanjay, I confused it with Olthang 😥 my bad!! Well, I feel it to be on higher side considering off season. May be he might be giving heater as well and mostly the hotels that run whole year provide complete food package. May be there is a scope for bargain. Check with Sia La and Shaynam as well, what they are offering. Again sorry, do not have list of all which are open in winters.


  40. Nishant Jha on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I would be in Ladakh from 29-Oct to 4-Nov 2012 with my Wife…looking for a decent place to stay with a budget of 1500-2000 INR per day and heating facility is very critical for me plus proximity to the Main Market in Leh is important as well. Which Guest House/Resort you suggest?

    My shortlist is:
    Padma Guest House & Hotel
    Sia-la Guest House
    Oriental Guest House
    Hotel Tsokar

    Please suggest.

    Plus let me know stay options in Spangmik and Nubra as well; I would be spending one night each in both these locations.

    Warm Regards,
    Nishant Jha

    • Hi Nishant,

      I think both Sia La and Oriental are good option along with Hotel Shaynam which was also quite good in our stay in Leh for last two days and is also near to market. Sia La is very near to Lamayuru and Gesmo restaurants, if they are open then do check some food out there. Oriental being on Shanti Stupa road would be away from Main Market and Changspa road restaurants will mostly be closed by that time. So, better avoid that at that time. I had good reviews of Padma as well. So, you can opt for any – Sia La, Shaynam or Padma.

      For Spangmik and Nubra Valley, I just replied on other posts.

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Dheeraj Sharma

  41. Vineet Kaushik on

    Dheeraj, kudos for your efforts to put up so much usefull info on leh. I’ve done reservations for leh from 11 Sep 12 to 13 Sep 12. Is anything new to suggest on it. Will the weather will be suitable. Which moderate hotel or guest house will be the best one considering my pocket for Rs.1200 per day stay. Will be highly obliged if replied.

    • Hello Vineet,

      3 days are much less I think but anyhow you can stay either at Sia La Guest House or Shaynam Guest House. Even the Oriental Guest House would suit as well.

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Dheeraj Sharma

  42. Dear Dheeraj,

    We are planing to come to Leh Via Manali,from New Delhi, on August 9 to 16, by car. (Swift Desire Petrol) We 2 ppl or 2 cpl can come. Can you tell us about the road condition from manali to leh, or we have to choose any other route. Please guide us. And for 5 days can you recomond any hotel for the same our budget is aprx 1000/- per night for stay. Please tell us about what to do in five days.

    • Hi Ajay,

      Are these 7 days only for Leh – Ladakh or do you wish to include the road journey as well in these 7 days. If yes, then it is not possible to do a road trip in 7 days and also explore Ladakh with it. You will need at least 10-11 days and if OK with being on road mostly, then say atleast 9 days to do it.

      Is it fine for you?

      Dheeraj Sharma

  43. Sharmeen Khan on

    HI Dheeraj, Would you like to include the contact number of the driver who took us around in Leh, to Nubra and to Pangong? His name is Tashi Namgyal and his number is 09469630613. The reason I recommend him is that he was a very gentle person and he took great care of us when my son fell ill and had to be hospitalised in Deskit. He brought us tea for our breakfast, since we had gone to the hospital very early in the morning from Hunder, attended to my son until me and my husband had breakfast, requested one of the hospital staff to open a toilet for me to use and finally when my son was discharged from the hospital Tashi kept on asking him whethre he felt alright or not. He used to give us chewing gum which he kept with him and once he bought us a packet of chips saying you havent eaten since we started on the drive. He came across as a very caring person. I will post his photos on Facebook too. Will do him as well as travelers good if his services are used. Thank you.

    • Thanks alot Sharmeen, for posting such details and sharing with all the travelers. People in Ladakh are usually very nice, caring and helpful to great extent, no matter what. That is why I love that place so much!! I have updated the number in driver's list in the Leh – Ldakh taxi article and now he would be reachable by many travelers searching content over the web especially DeViL on WheeLs… blog 🙂 …

      I hope all is well now with your son and he got well from the Hospital itself to enjoy rest of the trip!!

      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Sharmeen Khan on

        Thanks Dheeraj. Yes, my son was better after being given glucose and intravenous anti-biotics and then we returned to Leh and took him to another doctor there who gave him the green signal to travel to Pangong the next day. So it was just a day that he was unwell.

        • That is great. It is such a harsh terrain that people do suffer!! No one can control it unless we guys have so many days in hand to follow the strict acclimatization schedule.

          Dheeraj Sharma

  44. Is there road from Hunder to Pangong Tso & from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri (Korzok). Can this be covered in a scorpio.the intention is to avaid comming back to leh. IS this advisable please suggest.

    • Hello Padma,

      In case, you guys are adventurous then yes, the route exist between Pangong Tso and Nubra Valley. Also, between Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri. But, these routes are only recommended for people who are ready for long hours of drive/sitting in the taxi with almost no roads at all on majority of the route, especially Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri that will easily take more than 12 Hrs on such bumpy, rough roads.

      For routes and its condition details, check the article linked here: Routes and Road Conditions In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Dheeraj Sharma

      • ripal parikh on

        Hi i am planning to visit leh in 20th April 2013. So many travel agent told me that its not good time to visit as no road will be open during this time.i talked with local people on given no and they say that all roads are open. so i am confused what should i do as i am going with my parents

        • Ripal, the people who told you that no roads will be open means that roads to Ladakh will not be open that is Srinagar – Leh highway and Manali – Leh Highway. But, the people who told you that all roads are open means that roads inside Ladakh are open to the places like Pangong Tso, Nubra Valley and Tso Moriri lake. So, in a nut shell both are saying truth in their own sense. It depends how are you going to reach Leh. You cannot reach Leh by road or may be yes by Srinagar Leh highway as it is going to open on 5th April for the light vehicles. So, if you plan a road trip then plan via Srinagar side but keeping the status updated. Otherwise fly directly to Leh and get going when you reach Leh to other places in Ladakh


        • ripal parikh on

          Thanks a lot dheeraj,
          I am flying to leh directly from delhi so there wont be any issue..

          Can you tell me what will be the weather condition in leh during that time.
          What precaution i need to take as i am travelling with my parents age 55 and 59.?

        • Hi Ripal,

          Please take atleast two days of complete rest, nothing much. DO NOT stress at all in these two days. Let me know how many days you have in hand? I will try suggest the itinerary. AMS do not matter to age, it can happen to anyone of any age.

          Dheeraj Sharma

        • ripal parikh on

          Hi Dhiraj,

          Thanks a lot for your information.

          I am going on 20th April and coming back on 28th April.

          Ripal Parikh

        • Ripal, 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 8 days: Leh – Ladakh | Most Common Itinerary by Air.

          Please keep in mind that you will not be able to do overnight at Korzok since there will be no tents, so either drop it OR stay at Chumathang which has very basic facilities only.

        • ripal parikh on

          Can you tell me will i be able to visit Nubra valley at this time of the year between 20th April 2013 to 28th April 2013?

        • Ripal, inside Ladakh all roads are kept open and you will be able to all the places in the linked itinerary. Please keep in mind in the itinerary I have linked to you that you will not be able to do overnight at Korzok since there will be no tents, so either drop it OR stay at Chumathang which has very basic facilities only.

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