Hotel Ibex

Guesthouse in Padum

At the centre of Padum, this perennial backpacker favourite has aging but fair-priced rooms with solar-heated showers set around a garden courtyard. Brutal tree-cutting and new corrugate rooftops have diminished the place's charm, but it remains something of an oasis from the nearby market street.

The pleasant restaurant can be a good place to meet fellow travellers, and the helpful management can arrange shared rides to Kargil/Leh.