You might forgive the sometimes-dusty floors and ragged surfaces in this 'secret' budget favourite for its peaceful central ambience and shaded garden sitting area that's great for meeting fellow travellers. There's a traditional Ladakhi kitchen, a useful noticeboard, free water refills and a mini-library.
The ₹250 single room is a cell-like box but one bright ₹500 double has a fairly large balcony. Toilet paper available for sale. Owners are very sensitive about nonguests visiting the garden, and while they'll hold baggage, there's a ₹50 per day charge if you don't take a room when you return.