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Heading to Ladakh and looking for somewhere exceptional to stay? Here are eight of the best luxury camps and hotels in Ladakh to inspire you! Most are situated in and around Leh.
Gomang Boutique Hotel, Leh
Ladakh's first true boutique hotel, the attractive Gomang Hotel opened in 2014 and is located on the peaceful outskirts of Leh not far from the airport. Not surprisingly, it's very sought after. The hotel has a garden setting, inviting common room and 15 brightly decorated rooms, all heated and with comfortable beds and free Wi-Fi. Service is friendly and helpful. Do note that only vegetarian food is available there. Rooms are priced at around 8,000 rupees per night for a double with breakfast included.
The Grand Dragon, Leh
The Grand Dragon opened in 2007 and is Leh’s first luxury hotel. It's decorated with magnificent paintings by Gulam Mustafa (the first modern artist of Ladakh). Facilities include coffee shop, oriental restaurant, rooftop terrace and garden with mountain views, kid's activity center, health club, games and even oxygen for guests who are suffering from altitude sickness. There are 48 guest rooms. Various packages, including an eight night honeymoon package, are offered. Book early as this hotel fills up fast too! Expect to pay around 15,000 rupees per night for a double room including breakfast.
Ladakh Sarai, Village Ayu, Leh
Created in 1978 by British adventure travel pioneers Tiger Mountain, Ladakh Sarai is only 10 minutes drive from Leh. It's nestled amid a serene grove of willow, poplar and apricot trees, and has views over the Stok Kangri Range (the highest peak in Ladakh). The accommodations were recently upgraded with the property's yurts replaced by a new mud house, chalet, heritage bungalow, and duplex. The buildings have various configurations including family suites. Hospitality is outstanding and there's an organic garden on the premises, providing the ingredients for the delicious and diverse community meals that are served. Rates start from around 10,000 rupees per night. The Sarai also has luxury properties at Pangong Lake and the Nubra Valley.
When it comes to location, location in nature you can't get any better than Indus River Camp. This 40-acre natural sanctuary borders the Indus River only 20 minutes from Leh. It's a remarkable property owned by the Indus Welfare Society, an organization of 250 Buddhists from the village of Chuchot Yokma. The only buildings in sight are monasteries. Bliss! Accommodations consist of two luxury tents, three cabins, and three cottages all set by the river. Various activities are organized such as rafting, trekking, cultural and landscape tours. Rates start from 5,600 rupees per night for a double. However, all meals will cost you an extra 3,500 rupees per day. The set menus are tasty and healthy, with emphasis on local ingredients and contemporary cooking techniques.
For an unforgettable, one-in-a-lifetime experience, don't miss staying at the stately and mysterious Stok Palace -- the summer home of the Ladakh Royal Family! Yes, it's still occupied by them (the 34th generation of the family) and you'll get an exclusive insight into their everyday lives. Guests are welcome to freely roam around and be a part of all daily activities, including prayers in the private monastery, sessions with local people coming to meet King Jigmed Namgyal and festival lunches. Historic Stok Palace is located 25 minutes from Leh and has been carefully restored by the current occupants. Inside the palace there are six cozy suites for guests, with an additional three villas in the orchard. Expect to pay 14,750 rupees per night for a double.
Nimmu House, Nimmu
Chic Nimmu House is one of the last surviving noble houses, built in the traditional Ladakhi style of architecture. It's located in Nimmu village, 45 minutes from Leh, and close to the Indus and Zanskar rivers. (Nimmu village is a popular base for treks and visits to monasteries in the region). Newly restored, the property has five gorgeous guest rooms and seven luxury tents for glamping, as well as hammocks to relax in. Two Buddhist temples and livestock stables add to the atmosphere. Eight-day yoga and well-being retreats are offered, and guests can explore surrounding villages for a glimpse of local life. The European fare that's served is a tasty surprise. Local dishes are also available. Nimmu House is open seasonally from mid April to mid October. Rates start from around 10,500 rupees per night for a double, including breakfast.
Nubra Organic Retreat, Hunder, Nubra Valley
An extraordinary property, the Nubra Organic Retreat a must-stay place when visiting Hunder in the Nubra Valley, particularly for anyone with an interest in organic food and farming. This organic oasis is a family business that was started by a retired school teacher and renowned farmer. It comprises an extensive vegetable garden and fruit orchard spread over eight acres of land, conveniently close to the alpine desert renowned for its Bactrian camel rides. Guests are accommodated in 15 luxury tents with attached bathrooms. Each offers a spectacular view of snow clad Himalayan peaks. Rates range from 5,000-7,000 rupees per night for a double.