Must-see hotels in Kashmir & Ladakh

  • Butterfly Houseboat

    Srinagar

    From the minute you pass through the entryway under wooden butterfly wings, you know you are on a very different kind of houseboat. Each room is unique,…

  • Poplar Eco-Resort

    Leh

    Lost in the birdsong of an overgrown orchard of apple, apricot and poplar trees, the resort's 20 rooms come in pairs within well-spaced bungalows, each…

  • Saiman Guest House

    Leh

    This outwardly unremarkable family home is a great choice thanks to spacious, sparkling-clean rooms, parasol tables on the flower-edged lawn and a small…

  • Woody Vu

    Ladakh

    Woody Vu has five rustic-luxury rooms with superb mattresses and boutique features while maintaining the spirit of an old Ladakhi house. Meals are taken…

  • Travellers’ House

    Leh

    Eight well-kept, no-nonsense guest rooms with geyser-equipped bathrooms and well-chosen art photography face the home of the inspiring, internationally…

  • Namra Hotel

    Ladakh

    An oasis of comfort, Namra has numerous Ladakhi architectural touches, especially in the more expensive heritage rooms. Standard rooms aren't quite as…

  • Hotel Moonland

    Ladakh

    Set in a pretty garden at the first hairpin bend, 400m beyond the bus stop, Moonland's old building rooms have seen better days but the garden and…

  • Alpine Guest House

    Kashmir & Ladakh

    Hidden away behind peaceful Padum Khar, red-roofed Alpine Inn has just four guest rooms in a concrete family house. The ground floor feels bare and musty,…

  • Sunrise Guest House

    Nubra Valley

    Reached through an ancient gateway stupa, this old traveller stalwart has excellent-value rooms on the upper floors (darker lower floor rooms cost ₹200…

  • Tsetan Guest House

    Leh

    The young, eponymous owner, Tsetan, has a polite but unquenchable enthusiasm that transforms this simple, back-lane guesthouse into a community brimming…

  • Milky Way Hotel

    Srinagar & the Kashmir Valley

    More upmarket than the rest of Aru's guesthouses but still with a family feel, the Milky Way has a pleasant lawn, carpeted hallways and a good-value…

  • Saser

    Leh

    This attractive, low-key guesthouse has rooms with log beams and framed photos. The better, upper ones share a balcony from which there are lovely views…

  • Choskor Guest House

    Ladakh

    This welcoming, good-value guesthouse is fronted by a flower and fruit garden and has comfortable en suite rooms, with towels and toilet paper provided…

  • Lords Inn

    Kashmir & Ladakh

    Fine value at walk-in (₹3400) or online-discount rates (as low as ₹2000), the Lords Inn has some of Jammu's most luxurious beds in fresh rooms that fit…

  • Hotel Kongposh

    Srinagar & the Kashmir Valley

    Built in 2015, this central, half-timbered hotel has 20 attractive rooms, corridors decorated with large sepia photos and a lobby lavished with khatamband…

  • Green View Hotel

    Kashmir & Ladakh

    Hidden down an unprepossessing lane off Vinaik Bazaar (and so away from most traffic noise), rooms at this backpacker fallback are better than you'd guess…

  • Lotus Eco Resort

    Nubra Valley

    Set in sprawling, somewhat wild gardens, serenaded by a web of streams, this delightfully peaceful resort has six cottage units, each containing a pair of…

  • Hotel Royal Ladakh

    Leh

    The well-established, two-storey Royal Ladakh remains one of Leh's best hotel-style choices in its price range, especially if you want to feel away from…

  • Himalaya House

    Srinagar & the Kashmir Valley

    Almost Scandinavian in their whitewash-and-timber simplicity, rooms here are given colour with rugs and embroidered bedspreads. Deluxe room balconies…

  • Karzoo Palace

    Leh

    If you want a small hotel at guesthouse prices, Karzoo Palace is a pleasant choice with towels, toilet paper and flat screen TVs in large rooms, which all…

  • Ashoor Guest House & Restaurant

    Nubra Valley

    The top floor rooms are particularly comfortable here, with modern bathrooms and a rooftop terrace; and while the setting isn't as attractive as you'd get…

  • Imperial Resorts

    Srinagar & the Kashmir Valley

    Mountain views from the Imperial Resorts' best rooms are some of Sonamarg's most memorable. The main block has leather furniture and bathrooms that would…

  • Indus Valley

    Leh

    New in 2018 is this top-end place in the centre of Leh combining traditional Ladakhi aesthetics with modern amenities. Rooms are fresh, contemporary and…

  • Theiur Gongma Guesthouse

    Kashmir & Ladakh

    Unsigned near the start of the stairway to Karsha Nunnery, the Theiur has a large garden with sitting area on the lawn, plus an indoor (squat) toilet. Two…

  • Lha-Ri-Mo

    Leh

    Magenta window frames set in whitewashed walls create a magical monastery-like aesthetic, enclosed in a delightful willow-shaded lawn-garden. The…

  • Hotel Natraj

    Kashmir & Ladakh

    Modern rooms with a hint of style have good air-con and, in the smallish bathrooms, piping-hot showers, plus the central location is perfect. The…

  • New International Guest House

    Kashmir & Ladakh

    Much better than other Kargil budget dives, this guesthouse has rooms that are unusually airy and well kept, and a block of new rooms and a restaurant is…

  • Zaltak Guesthouse

    Leh

    The old block here is an upgraded standard Ladakhi house with two clean budget rooms. The new back building has excellent-value en suite rooms with…

  • Raja Hut

    Srinagar & the Kashmir Valley

    Raja Hut is a little eatery/guesthouse on the woodland corner where the lane to Heevan Retreat forks off. Raja himself is an obliging young snowboard…

  • Grand Dragon Ladakh

    Leh

    If you're looking for an international-style experience, the Grand Dragon remains Leh's most professionally run big hotel. Rooms are stylish (some come…

  • Pangong Hermitage

    Ladakh

    Taking camp resorts to an unprecedented level of luxury, the tents here look like yurts on steroids; they contain a hotel-style room, including four…

  • Himalayan Guest House

    Kashmir & Ladakh

    This unsigned guesthouse is considerably more charming than most of the pilgrim-ravaged options in Gulabgarh and even has an indoor toilet. It's hidden…

  • Kharyok Deluxe Guest House

    Nubra Valley

    A melodious stream runs directly behind this guesthouse's eight-room block that overlooks a garden with oblique views of Diskit Gompa high above. Upstairs…

  • Stongdey Monastery Guesthouse

    Kashmir & Ladakh

    Stongdey's two-room monastery guesthouse sits in splendid isolation overlooking fabulous views of the Zanskar Valley. The comfortable, carpeted rooms come…

  • Spangla Guesthouse

    Nubra Valley

    In a small, tidy garden with three apple trees, simple older-style rooms share a bathroom with geyser, while newer versions are fresh and clean with…

  • Haldupa Guest House

    Leh

    A couple of cheaper rooms are inside the owners' wonderfully authentic original house that is dominated by a splendid shrine room. The rest are nicer,…

  • Hotel Glacier Heights

    Srinagar & the Kashmir Valley

    At this, one of Sonamarg's oldest hotels, the feel is rather old-fashioned but it's cosy enough. Most rooms have been renovated, and the fresh pine…

  • J&K Tourist 'Dormitories'

    Srinagar & the Kashmir Valley

    Delightfully peaceful in a secluded valley setting around 20 minutes' walk from Km83 (en route to Thajiwas Glacier), an aging bright-green wooden building…

  • Almighty Guesthouse

    Leh

    This luxurious family guesthouse has six capacious rooms with standards better than most hotels (two have balconies). It's slightly hemmed in by bigger…

  • Takshos Hotel

    Ladakh

    The Takshos's newer upstairs rooms are huge, though the modern bathrooms smell a little like a drain. A new deluxe block is under construction. Its garden…

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