Accomodations in Leh

Discussion in 'Hotels & Restaurants' started by hVishalSolanki, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. hVishalSolanki

    hVishalSolanki New Member

    Hi VargisBhai,

    As I read some of your thread, mentioned that tourists have increased this year. I wanted to know if advance booking is required at these two locations - Nubra Valley & Pangong lake or will it be ok if I'll go directly there and book after checking as per my requirement. We are two people, me & my wife, travelling August 1st week.

    Thanks in advance.
    Vishal Solanki.
     
  2. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Hi Vishal Bhai - This year it will be better if you booked in advance. I heard from a few people that they had to come back to Leh from Pangong the same day because there was just no place to stay anywhere.
     
  3. hVishalSolanki

    hVishalSolanki New Member

    Booked. Thanks for always helping :)
    For Nubra Valley I'm planning to book directly as there are many options there as compared to Pangong Lake. Right?
     
  4. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Yes, Nubra should be OK because you have the choice of moving from one village to another. Which one did you book at Pangong?
     
  5. hVishalSolanki

    hVishalSolanki New Member

    One of some I found on AirBnB named "Best View of the Pangong Lake..." hosted by Mr. Bunny. The same guy is operating at Diskit, Shimla & at many places.
     
  6. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Cool. Do let me know how your trip went after you return ...
     
  7. hVishalSolanki

    hVishalSolanki New Member

    Hi Vargis,

    Trip was awesome. Even greater than we planned. Let me tell you some insights of the same, so you can pass on some useful information to people.

    We had been in Srinagar side for a week on trek (Tarsar Marsar). It was great. After returning to Srinagar, we booked tickets for Leh at TRC for a bus that runs daily & takes two days (Kargil night halt) to reach Leh. It runs based on nos of bookings they receive. It did not run for couple of days & luckily they got enough bookings on the same day we booked. Make sure one books it before 4pm from TRC, otherwise one needs to take directly from the driver if any seat is vacant. Fare was around Rs.1200/- & bus and journey both were comfortable.

    In Ladakh it was a 6 days program we planned. As we already were acclimatized, on first day we roam around market & inquired about the things for upcoming days. We started 2nd day with water rafting at Zansakar river. Hired a bike (Enfield 350) in the evening from local market. They give discount if you hire for more days. On third day, we moved for Diskit, Nubra Valley via Khardung La. 6-7km before & after Khardung La, road conditions were very bad and some landslides as well. It took us 6 hours to reach Diskit. We stayed at Diskit itself in one of the home-stays after inquiring to 3-4 places & passed some good time at Hunder. On 4th day, we started for Pangong Lake via Agham-Shyok road at 8 in the morning. Road condition is excellent with some only rough patches and water crossings. Also there were no bike riders on this road we found, only few SUVs, seems people are not much aware about this road. To avoid issues at water crossings, I suggest one should leave as early as possible due to water flow increases after noon time. We reached 3pm at Pangong after taking 3 small & 3 big breaks. :) Needless to say, this was the most picturesque road in whole our trip and condition vise best road as well. The worst road we faced on 5th day while coming from Pangong to Leh at Chang La pass, especially after Changla to Leh-Manali highway. It took 6 and half hours to reach Leh in total. On 6th day, which we kept as spare day, we visited local market, did lots of shopping & in evening climbed to Shanti Stupa. On 7th day, took flight & we reached home.

    Last thing - Thanks to you very much. Without your blogs & quick answers to my queries, I could not plan such an amazing trip. See you again someday when planning a next trip. :)

    Vishal Solanki.
     
  8. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member


    Hi Vishal Bhai,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to drop back a note. I am glad that your trip went well and you had great fun. Can you add a little more on the Tarsar Marsar trek? I am heading towards Kashmir myself and now reading your feedback, I am thinking if I should plan that too.

    And how about rafting in Zanskar? How was that experience?
     
  9. hVishalSolanki

    hVishalSolanki New Member


    Hi VargisBhai,

    We had booked Tarsar Marsar trek IndiaHikes. But it can be done by self also. But place would be a little remote to find foods and all. We started it from base camp Aru, located near Pahalgam. Then Aru to Lidderwat -> Shekhwas -> Tarsar Lake -> Marsar Lake -> Homwas -> Aru was the route we were supposed to follow as per itinerary. But due to heavy rain when in Lidderwat valley, we needed to change a route & couldn't make it to Tarsar Lake due to increased water level in river & went to another valley. From there we visited 2 small & one Tarsar-sized lake in next two days, they call it 'Handalsar'. It was stunningly beautiful. We had a great experience of visiting such unexplored area of Kashmir valley.

    And about Zansakr rafting, I heard that it is among the 3-4 best raft points in India. We booked 4+ grade rafting which covers around 26km distance through a local agent in Leh. It was a fun activity with some level of thrill. Overall great experience.
     
  10. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member


    What about the hotels Vishal Bhai? Any names and feed backs you want to add for others? I was thinking to add some details from your trip to the main blog with your feedback.
     

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