5 Best Places to Stay in Leh, Ladakh (for all budgets)

5 Best Places to Stay in Leh, Ladakh (for all budgets)
5 Best Places to Stay in Leh, Ladakh (for all budgets)

5 Best Places to Stay in Leh, Ladakh (for all budgets)

Leh is the capital of the Ladakh region of the Jammu & Kashmir state in India. A place of infinite charms, Leh presents you with unforgettable views wherever you look and unforgettable experiences whatever you decide to do here. It is really important to carefully consider where to stay in Leh in order to make the most of your time in this magical place. While there are several hotels and hostels located throughout the city, the best places to stay in Leh include the main bazaar area (for budget-friendly options) and the region about 2 km away from the Leh Palace (where the most luxurious accommodation is available).

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5 Best Places to Stay in Leh Ladakh (for all budgets)

TOP: Mountain view, Leh, Ladakh in Winter. Photo credit: (Shutterstock) BOTTOM: Confluence of Zanskar and Indus rivers – Leh, Ladakh. Photo credit: (Shutterstock)

From the magnificent architecture of the Leh Palace to the colorful prayer flags at the Shey Monastery, Leh is one place wrapped in many worlds. You can indulge in white water rafting, trekking, shopping, gastronomy, and mountaineering while in Leh and use Leh as a base to explore the unique and spell bounded landscapes surrounded the city.

If you plan to also visit the Pangong Lake and the Nubra Valley, you will want to explore the accommodation options at these places as well. Travelers often make day visits to the Pangong Lake but unless you start early, you’ll end up with a very tiring day! It might be better to explore overnight camping at Pangong in that case.

On the other hand, if you only wish to explore Ladakh, its colorful monasteries, and the bustling markets, staying in downtown Leh makes much more sense. Here’s my pick of the 5 best places to stay in Leh, Ladakh no matter what your budget.

Here is my pick of the 5 best places to stay in Leh, Ladakh:

Himalayan Bunker (HosteLaVie)

Himalayan Bunker (HosteLaVie)

Backpacker: Himalayan Bunker (HosteLaVie), Norgyasling, Leh-Manali Highway

This is one of the best places to stay in Leh, Ladakh for those looking out for a budget-friendly comfortable hostel. It is very affordable and is highly rated by travelers. The hostel is located about 2 km away from the main bazaar. All rooms pack in modern amenities and are equipped with private bathrooms and showers. Do not miss the incredible breakfast! The hostel also provides free WiFi to the guests. Click here to read their reviews, flick through their photos and make a booking.


Gangs-Shun Homestay

Gangs-Shun Homestay

Budget: Gangs-Shun Homestay, Upper Tukcha Road

Travelers on a budget will find that Gangs-Shun Homestay is one of the best places to stay in Leh, Ladakh. One of the greatest advantages of staying at this hotel is that the magnificent Shanti Stupa is merely 3 km from the hotel while the main bazaar is just a kilometer away. The rooms are clean, bright, and spacious. Feel free to reach out to the hotel staff if you need any information about the area or the vibrant Buddhist culture. Click here to read the reviews for yourself and make a booking.


Hotel Lingzi, Old Fort Road

Hotel Lingzi, Old Fort Road

Midrange: Hotel Lingzi, Old Fort Road

Hotel Lingzi is just a stone’s throw away from the main bazaar. This is one of the best hotels to stay in Leh, Ladakh for those who’d like to explore the colourful main bazaar area and stay close to the main landmarks of the city. The Leh Palace is also a mere 500 meters away from the hotel. The hotel staff are very friendly and courteous. Do not miss the amazing views from the hotel roof! You will also find a conveniently located ATM near the hotel. Click here to read the reviews, look through their pictures and book your stay.


Stok Palace Heritage

Stok Palace Heritage

Heritage: Stok Palace Heritage Hotel, Leh

Stok Palace Heritage is one of the finest properties in all Leh. What makes this one of the best places to stay in Leh, Ladakh is the mesmerizing 19th-century structure that is still the abode of the Royal Namgyal Dynasty. Almost 200 years old, the Stok Palace sings the saga of an era that can still be felt in its grand rooms with exquisite interiors. The hotel is about 16 km from the main bazaar and is ideal for those looking out for a serene place away from the crowds. You can also hire a bike or car if you’d like to explore the region. Click here to click through the stunning images of this heritage palace, read the reviews and book yourself in for a visit.


The Grand Dragon Ladakh

The Grand Dragon Ladakh

Luxury: The Grand Dragon Ladakh, Old Road Sheynam

If you’d like a true taste of luxury, The Grand Dragon Ladakh is one of the best places to stay in Leh, Ladakh. Overlooking the beautiful mountains, the hotel offers world-class service to guests and can arrange cultural shows and campfires on request. The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the Leh Palace. The main market is about a kilometer away.

You can relish Kashmiri, Chinese, Indian, and Continental cuisines at the hotel. The hotel also has a coffee shop that is open round the clock. The Grand Dragon Ladakh can also arrange airport shuttles and features traditional Ladakhi architectural ornaments in the room. Guests can get in touch with the hotel staff who’ll be happy to arrange car rental services. Click here to look through their immaculate photos, read their top reviews and book yourself in for a stay.


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