The 6 Best Homestays in Leh

Homes near Leh, Ladakh.
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Despite increasing development, the village character is still very prevalent in Leh. Most homestays in Leh are located surrounded by fields on the northwest outskirts of town, in the agricultural Changspa area. This area is popular with backpackers and other travelers, and is a 10-15 minute walk into town. The homestay hosts grow their own organic vegetables, which they use in preparing wholesome homemade meals for guests. They're also very helpful in giving input to itineraries and making travel arrangements.

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    Tukchu Homestay
    ••• Tukchu Homestay

    Tukchu Homestay is situated at the base of iconic Shanti Stupa in Changspa, a little further out than most other homestays (it's 20 minutes walk into town). It has a memorable view across to Leh Palace and Namgyal Tsemo Monastery. An endless supply of fresh mint tea is served, and the kitchen is available for guest use as well. Guests are also welcome to pick and eat apples from the trees when in season. Other highlights include lots of interesting books and conversation with the knowledgeable hosts, who go out of their way to make guests feel at home. Note that they're also constructing another homestay near their native village, on the way to Pangong Lake. Read reviews on Tripadvisor.

    • Rates: From around 1,000 rupees per night.
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    Leh's most luxurious and comfortable homestay, Adu's definitely lives up to its name! Everything is outstanding, from the delicious food to the hospitality. The property has been newly constructed in traditional style, but is modern and refined inside. There are nine guest rooms, many of which overlook the front garden and have their own porches. There's also a communal sitting area in the garden, perfect for relaxing. Decent (free) wireless Internet and 24 hour running hot water are important features. You'll never want to leave!

    • Rates: From 2,000 rupees per night. Breakfast is additional.
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    Leh Stumpa Homestay
    ••• Leh Stumpa Homestay

    The whole family gets involved in running this big-hearted homestay, with the lady of the house taking special care of guests.  Not only are guests served meals made with organic vegetables, fresh milk from the farm is provided as well. Meals are served alongside the traditional Ladakhi kitchen, so you'll really get a feel for the lifestyle there. The well-appointed guest rooms have been newly constructed around the garden and have big bathrooms with 24 hour running hot water (no buckets). Read reviews on Tripadvisor.

    • Rates: From 1,500 rupees to 2,300 rupees per night, depending on how many meals are provided.
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    Gangba Homestay
    ••• Gangba Homestay. Image courtesy of Tripadvisor

    The hosts of this reliable homestay are locals who have been living in the area for many generations. They built an extension to their home to give tourists an opportunity to experience Ladakhi culture. The numerous accommodations are spread across the older extension plus a contemporary new building, which was completed in 2015. The newer rooms are more spacious and airy. There's plenty of hot water and a small library. Guests are welcome to join the courteous Gangba family in their daily activities, including tending to their farmland and cooking. The hosts also offer fresh apples and apricots off their trees. Yum! Read reviews on Tripadvisor.

    • Rates: From 1,250 rupees per night.
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    Jimmy's Homestay is run by Jigmet (Jimmy) and his affable parents, who reside on the property. Jimmy's mother is an excellent cook, and she serves breakfast and dinner. Guests can use the kitchen to cook lunch, at an additional cost. The rooms are cozy, clean and safe, with 24 hour hot water and mountain or garden views. Discounted bike rental is possible. You can't go wrong by choosing to stay there!

    • Rates: From 1,500 rupees per night.
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    Khangsar Tibetan Home
    ••• Khangsar Tibetan Home

    Khangsar Tibetan Home has a different location to the other Leh homestays mentioned in this article. It's situated about 10 minutes drive south of town, in Choglamsar. This village is an important regional center for Buddhism and is inhabited almost solely by Tibetan refugees (the Dalai Lama even stays there when he visits Leh). Inexpensive shared cabs run regularly from the main road, so getting into town is not a problem. The congenial host arranges everything from village visits to spiritual talks by Buddhist monks in a monastery for his guests.

    • Rates: 1,600 rupees per night.