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10 Best Places To Stay in Leh in 2019

Amidst the vast area of Jammu and Kashmir lies the highest region desert on the foot of Himalayas. Even after being at the highest altitude of 2300 to 5000 meters, Leh has been enticing travellers from around the globe to come make a journey on its open roads. One can find the best and unique places to stay in Leh. The journey is long and strenuous no doubt, the weather conditions tend to touch extremes, it is definitely not designed for the weak heart. But, you have the power to change your mind set. Browse through the images of Leh on the internet and you will find your motivation. You know the pictures and the travel logs cannot do any justice because the beauty of Leh is beyond your imagination.

Redefining simplicity, the people of Leh love to exhibit their tradition to the tourists who have traversed from afar looking for newer meaning. Simplicity in Leh dwells amidst their vibrant cultures, delicious Tibetan cuisines and the routine of their daily lives. The picturesque beauty of landscapes with shepherd boys running around with their flocks on mossy mountains makes you teleport to one of those scenes from the movies and you get to relive your childhood dreams.

We are all determined to achieve some kind of greatness that can define us and shine true meaning on our lives. We are busy battling wars within ourselves, pushing to strive harder and aiming to be at the top of our game. So much of self-indulgence only make us more and more ignorant about the beauty lying in the simplicity around us. Once in a while take that break and set off on a journey where nothing can stand between you and nature. Leh, home to the most magnificent barren lands presents you with open roads to let you taste freedom. The roads and small pockets of the region also offers the best and unique places to stay in Leh.

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Pangong Lake

Rather, the most sought after tourist destination is Pangong Tso in Ladakh region. It is the highest among the high altitude lakes in India which is filled with saline water but provides some awe-struck moments to the visitors with the unbelievable phenomenon of changing colours quite a number of times a day.

The reflections of the towering Himalayan peaks in the water add more charm to the lake. Currently, Pangong Tso is the favorite location for tourists as the banks of the lake give soothing bed to relax and the nearby places are enhanced by the beauty of this particular lake. The quiet lake is 134 km in length and 5 km in width is situated at an altitude of 14270 meters. But the major share of the lake lies in the area of China. Now, its recognition is spread everywhere in the world because it is termed as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

The highly saline water does not accommodate any water species not even micro-organisms. But the banks of the lake give space for several birds and animals very rarely seen in the other parts of India. It is an important breeding ground for many migratory birds as well.

Height: The lake is located at an altitude of 4250 meters above the sea level.

Location: Pangong Tso is easily accessible as it can be reached after a five hour drive from Leh and the travel would be on a rough and dramatic mountain road. You will cross the villages of Shey and Gya during the tour and go through Chang La as well.

Best time to visit: The months from May to September are the ideal time to visit the lake as the other seasons may cause challenges due to the heavy snowfall.


Khardung La

Controversies regarding the proclamation that Khardung La is the highest motorable pass in the world is not yet diminished but Ladakh travelers still believe that it is the highest and most adventurous pass in the world. Despite the controversies, Khardung La keeps on attracting hundreds of adventure seekers every year, be it bikers, trekkers or visitors. Nestled amidst the most reverberating surrounding, the ‘Pass of Lower Castle’ is located at an altitude of 17582 feet. Near to the pass, the collection of awesome valleys will lure you and along with the natural extravaganzas, the Tibetan prayer flags are an additional charm.

The pass was constructed in the year of 1976 and later in 1988, it was opened to public and from then on, the pass was inviting uncountable bikers, trekkers and tourists. It is maintained by the Border roads Organization as the pass is highly significant and important to India because it was once used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier. Recently, Khardung La became the hot potato of the town with a happy news that a ten member team of visually impaired people is going to conquer the pass through cycling in 2017.

Height: Khardung La is located at an altitude of 5359 meters. But there is an incorrect proclamation on the signboards appear here saying that the height of the pass is 18379 feet.

Location: The highest motorable pass in Ladakh is lying about 39 kms away from Leh. By road, one can reach the pass. The first 24 kms of the road are paved and from there to the North Pullu check post, the 15 kms of the road are filled with loose rock, dirt and occasional rivulets formed after the melting of snow.

Best time to visit: The season between May to October is the best time to visit Khardung La.


Shanti Stupa

The white dome of Shanti Stupa is clearly visible from a far distance when you are on a tour of Leh. Peace Pagoda got its name like that because of many reasons mainly the silence persists in and around the pagoda always. This Buddhist prayer center is the most beloved attraction in Jammu and Kashmir. At a height of 4267 meters, the two storied stupa stands holding its head high and overlooks the bustling Leh town. The uneven mountain terrains in the surrounding gives the pagoda a remarkable shining. It is at a location which is 5 km away from Leh town and one who visits the stupa has to climb five hundred steps. The exotic view of the Himalayan peaks turns the beauty of the stupa also, a peace lover would dedicate his life to have such overjoying moments.


The stupa was constructed by both Japanese and Ladakh Buddhists. The construction was started in 1983, many Buddhists and Indian Government officials have supervised the procedures throughout.

Structure of the stupa

Among the two structures of the pagoda, the first level depicts the central relief of Dharmachakra which has deer on each side and the turning wheel of Dharma also has a golden image of Buddha at the center. The second level displays images which show the birth of Budhha and the death as well. In addition, both the level have smaller images of Buddha meditating. The stupa came into existence in order to spread the word of peace and harmony among people and it came into establishment as a commemoration of the valuable 2500 years of Buddhism.

Location: Any one can reach the stupa via road from Leh, only 5 kms from the town, a walk of fifteen minutes would require.

Timings: 05:00 am to 09:00 pm

Highlights: The sunset and sunrise views from the stupa are inevitably beautiful


Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill is still a mystery yet a famed attraction that pulls the adventure lovers on a large scale toward it. A mystifying phenomenon which stunts the science and fiction together and exists as a magic to the normal people visiting here. Magnetic Hill is a trump card of every Ladakh tour because of the awe-struck moments it would promise the travelers. There is a sign board placed which says that the hill defies gravity completely and inviting everyone to experience the magical phenomenon.

 If you keep your vehicle in neutral at a position marked on the road and wait, you will be surprised to see the vehicle starts moving uphill at 10-20 km per hour. And this is the unexplainable feature of Magnetic Hill that confuses the world of science. It is located on Leh-Kargil-Baltic Highway and on the east, the beautiful Sindhu River is flowing calmly. Near the hill there is a Sikh Gurudwara maintained by the Indian Army. Due to the natural attraction as well as the human architectural brilliance, the hill has gained popularity in a short term. 

Not just the vehicles hitting the road but the aircrafts and helicopters crossing the radius which Magnetic Hill comes in would feel the same magnetic effect. If the aircrafts are going on a slow pace, then it starts jerking while they are in the circumference of the hill. So the only solution to escape from the clutches of this phenomenon is that the crafts should move at a greater speed.

Height: Magnetic Hill is located at an elevation of 14000 feet above the sea level.

Location: To reach the hill, you can hit the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway and it is situated at a distance of just 30 kms from Leh town.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Magnetic Hill is from June to October.


Chadar Trek

For some years, adventure seekers all around the world have been talking about Chadar Trek in the Zanskar Region. Until this year, hundreds of people have experienced the thrill hidden and the mind blowing sights around Chadar frozen river. In fact, Chadar Trek is the most sought after and one of the breathtaking treks in the Himalayas. The winter trek is so special for those who are ready to have adventure at the maximum level. 

The river trek starts from Chilling where the river begins to freeze and mostly, travelers choose February as the best time to cross the frozen river as the ice sheets will be comparatively stable. The precarious snow-flakes would pose severe threats during the trek but in some other time, the challenges would be kind to the trekker. The surrounding of the river are completely vertical cliffs tall up to 600 meters. The Zanskar River is a tributary of the Indus and is 5 meters long. 

A trekker would have to cover 16 kms per day to complete the Chadar Trek. Usually, people opt for 10-15 days of trek depending on the climatic conditions persisting here. The temperature at Chadar will come to the lowest at -35 degree Celsius during winter and thus Chadar Trek becomes more intimidating. Approximate trekking distance one would have to cover in total is 75 kms.

Maximum altitude: 11123 feet is the height at which Chadar Trek would lead you to.

Location: To take part in Chadar Trek, one should arrive in Leh and from Leh, the journey starts and goes to Chilling, the beginning of the Zanskar River in the frozen state. From Leh it would take about 65-70 kms to reach Tilad via Chilling, the base camp of the trek.

Best time to visit: January end to February is the best time suitable for trekking in the frozen river of Chadar. Quality and safe trekking gears and highly warm clothes are required.


Hemis Monastery

The biggest monastery in the North India is Hemis Monastery, one of the must visit attractions in Ladakh region. Set on the foothills of Indus, Hemis Monastery has 200 branches and over 1000 monks are staying there. It belongs to the red sect Brokpa of Buddhist order. Here the young Lamas are trained for the royal monasteries at Leh, Shey and Basgo.


Hemis Gompa came into existence 17th century and it was built by Chapgon Gyalshas and from then on the gompa was getting the royal patronage of Ladakh till now. But there is a saying that the monastery was founded by the first incarnation of Stangsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso. After the missing of the head Lama in 1956, a young 12 year old boy from Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh has been recognized as the head Lama of the gompa.

Structure of the monastery

The biggest monastery in the region has a surprising architecture and the building is quite appreciable. There are a lot of big statues and stupas decorated with stones and also the splendid collection of thankas. The collection of thankas is believed to be the largest and it would be shown to the public once in 11 years.

Location: Hemis Village is located 43 km south of Leh town and it is very easy to reach the monastery by bus or jeep.

Timing: 08:00 am to 01:00 pm and 02:00 pm to 06:00 pm

Entry fee: INR 100

Highlight: Hemis Festival is the prime attraction at the monastery which celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche. The tenth day of the Tibetan lunar month every 12th year is the date of festival.


Markha Valley Trek

Adventure lovers always had an affection to Markha Valley and still it fulfills the dreams of a trekker or adventure seeker with the unrivalled collection of natural spectacle. Long day trekking tours are offered by a lot of tour providers all over India which promise a journey through the most scenic locations and villages. The awesomely exciting feature of this trek is that it will let the trekker cross two high altitude passes in Ladakh; Gandala La at 4980 meters and Kongmaru La at 5276 meters.

 Being one of the diverse treks in Ladakh region, Markha Valley trek offers a lot of adventurous moments throughout. The barren land of Ladakh and the Buddhist temples found throughout the journey make the trek special. The route winds past the Ladakhi villages and it goes to Hemis National Park where the chances to spot some rare wildlife species are comparably high. The nomadic groups of people will be a unique picture to keep in heart. The symbols of Buddhism like ‘chortens’, stupas, multi colored prayer flags and numerous monasteries narrate the story of Buddhist culture embraced Markha centuries ago. Another interesting fact heard about Markha Valley trek is that it is also called ‘tea house trek’ due to the accommodation provided in parachute tents in most of the villages during the tour.

Maximum altitude: 15000 feet is the maximum altitude the trek will cover.

Location: In most of the cases, the trek starts from Leh. The trail usually goes through Chilling, Skyu and then to Markha. From Markha it would take the trekker to reach Hankar and Nimaling and finally return to Leh. The ideal trekking distance is 75 kms and it would be graded as difficult.

Best time to visit: The months of June, July, August, September and October are recommended as the best time to do Markha Valley trek.


Stok Kongri Trek

Stok Kangri, Ladakh is one of the most popular places for high altitude trekking in India. Although the beauty of Ladakh draws in innumerable tourists and trekkers from all over the country and the world, the Stok Kangri trek isn’t really suited for anyone and everyone.

It is advisable that only experienced trekkers set out on this expedition as the climatic and geographical conditions of the place may not suit novice or amateur trekkers. Nonetheless, Stok Kangri is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the country. It is for this reason that the Stok Kangri trek forms an inevitable experience while trekking in India.

The trek begins from Leh, which is noted for its natural beauty as well as the warm and hospitable people. During the first couple of days of the trek, you can move around Leh, go sightseeing and get acclimatized to the weather of the region. These couple of days will prepare you for the trek ahead. You will next be taken to Chang Ma via Stok Village by road.

The journey from Leh to Stok Village takes you to witness the amiable yet fictional setting which includes lush greenery, glistening snow peaks and scenic splendor of the region in this stretch. On reaching Chang Ma, you reach a snow covered region and begin trekking. You will need to climb on for about three hours. From here you will head on to Manokorma, which is at an elevation of 14200 feet.

During the trek, you will be able to view some very beautiful peaks such as the Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri, etc. The base camp of the trek is at an elevation of 16, 300 feet. From here, the journey continues till you reach the Stok Kangri. The rewarding scenery from the top is what draws trekkers from all over the world to high altitude trekking in India. The trek back to Leh is a bit arduous and you may need to be careful while climbing down the mountainous terrain.

Best Season: June - October

Difficulty Level: Medium

Max. Elevation: 5000 m

Number of Days: Maximum 10 days of trek can be done here

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What You Should Know More About Stays in Leh

  • Q. Which are the best resorts to stay in Leh?

    Knowing, the distance that needs to be travelled and the strains the weather can put one through in the Leh region, it is important for the body to get its rest. With the boom in tourism over the decade and more and more travellers take the plunge to attempt this tedious journey, Leh has been focusing on bringing up delightful resorts around the region, to respond to all the hospitality needs of their guests. Some of the best places to rest are listed below:

    •         Royal Heritage Resort
    •         Eco Popular Resort
    •         Welcome Heritage -Lha-Ri-Sa Resort
    •         The Driftwood Hotel
    •         Lotus Ecological Resort

  • Q. Which are the best places to camp stays in and around Leh?

    If you are a traveller, you very well resonate with the idea of celebrating the world. Travel on its own is a festival where the most important significance is ‘the journey’. Camping is only one of the many traditions practised in this festival. Pitching a tent on the lap of the earth under the shade of the deep blue sky, bordered and secured by the tall mountains of the Himalayas, are some of the auspicious rituals performed by the campers in Leh. If you have never been part of a celebration like this, there is always a first time and first time experiences are the best. Leh has many camps stay in and around its circumambience to get you into the faith of camping.

    •         Wonderland Tourist Camp
    •         Ser Bum Tso Resort
    •         Igloo Nature Camp
    •         Kinner Camp Sangla
    •         Apple Orchard Farm and Camping

  • Q. Which are the best homestays in and around Leh?

    Changspa is one of the popular regions for homestays in Leh, flooded with backpackers with only an ordinary unambitious goal in their mind, to find solace in the wilderness. Changspa area embraces the agricultural lands of Leh and the population residing here have farming occupation flowing down their genes for generations. The comfort of homes and the aroma of the authentic food with windows and doors opening out to sun-kissed mountains, silently welcoming the sounds of the cold breeze come fill in; Leh will never give you a reason to leave.

    •         Tukchu Homestay
    •         Gangba Homestay
    •         Zaltak Guest House
    •         Jimmy's Homestay
    •         Spurkhapa House

  • Q. Which are the best budget stays in Leh?

    If traveling came for free, there would rarely be any other dream the world would be chasing. Everyone would probably live a nomadic life and also covered more places than they heard of. But the sad truth, traveling can get expensive especially in a place like Leh where there is more distance to cover and lesser places to stay. For travellers on a budget trying to make the best out of the opportunity in hand, below are a list of budget stay suggestions with best services to ease out on your pockets.

    •         Hotel Antelope
    •         Hotel Shambala
    •         Siala Guest House
    •         Sangto Green
    •         Hotel La Buddha

  • Q. Which are best camps stay at Pangong Lake?

    The most serene water body threshold by the massive dusky mountains of the Himalayas in the Leh region is the Pangong Lake. Stretching between India and China, travellers come to witness the contrast of the calm blue water of the Pangong Lake against the deep sapphire sky being divided by the mahogany shaded mountains. Camping at this lake is an exotic experience, waking up to the view of the early sun generously shinning letting the waters sparkle and the mountains dye. Following are some of the best camp stays in and around Pangong Lake:

    •         Pangong Retreat Camp
    •         Mystic Pangong Camp
    •         The Buddha Camp –Pangong
    •         Pangong Lake View Camp
    •         Holiday Cottages – Pangong

  • Q. Which are the best camps stays at Tso Moriri Lake?

    While engrossed in the beauty of Pangong Lake, many misses appreciating its twin in the Changtang Wildlife Sanctuary called the Tso Moriri Lake. A wetland reserve, this lake attracts a variety of birds migrating from distant lands to come and keep themselves warm under the rays of the bright sun. Brown-headed gull and grey-crested grebe are some of the common ones spotted here. Camping close to this lake, you can be rest assured to be woken up by these birds chirping their own tunes at the break of dawn. The Tsomoriri Camp and the Nomadic Life Camp are two of the camp stays located in Korzok village, nearest to the Tso Moriri Lake.

  • Q. Which best homestays and camp stays in Nubra Valley?

    If you are determined to make it to Leh and Ladakh, take a chance, go the extra mile and visit the Nubra Valley. With the Nubra River meandering through the arid mountains here and bordered with the Buddhist prayer flags on the ridges, this place is calmer than any of Ladakh. Still not too intervened by tourists, this valley is lesser commercialised and the historic tales lingering here wants to be heard. To make for a great rest the following camp and homestays are available in Nubra Valley:

    •         Goba Guest House
    •         Mystique Meadows Earth Homes
    •         Nubra Ethnic Camp
    •         Yourdum Guest House
    •         Camp Silversand
    •         Heaven Adventure Camp

  • Q. Can we stay in monasteries in Leh?

    Yes, one can lodge in the monasteries in Leh to experience the blissful stay. The home to the monks, the monasteries are always ringing with the sounds of their holy chants and fragranced with their holy incense. The rich culture of Tibetan practises reflects on the architecture of these monasteries and the in the paintings that fill up the walls.

  • Q. Can we stay in army cottages and tents in Leh?

    Lying very close to the Indian borders, a lot of the lands in Leh are occupied and registered under the Army quarters. There are homely cottages on these premises to provide stay for the army officials and their families. Unfortunately, these army cottages do not allow accommodations to tourists and civilians. Nevertheless, the number of options within budget are in plenty and these accommodations also provide healthy and delicious food to comfort your stay further.

  • Q. What are stay options in Sarchu?

    When making the journey between Leh and Manali, Sarchu is a renowned stopover for tourists to take a break in the journey. Usually, the Leh to Manali highway is closed to traffic in the winter months as it faces thick downpour of snow. Hence, the town of Sarchu is easily accessible between May and September. There are mostly army base camps and government guest houses that pop as options for stay. In the recent times, the Dorje Camp at Sarchu has also been gaining a lot of recognition for the number of tourists it has hosted. The tents here range between deluxe to suites with a list of hospitality facilities, which makes it hard to believe you are surviving on barren lands in the midst of nowhere.