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Five places to stay in Ladakh

Stok Palace; Image source

The Himalayan dry and cold desert of Ladakh has a stark beauty about it. The region has something to offer to everyone, from leisure seekers to adventure junkies, history buff, architecture enthusiasts, nature lovers and more. We have cherry-picked five properties in Ladakh that will ensure a memorable and unique stay experience in this beautiful mountain kingdom.

1. WelcomHeritage Lha-ri-sa Resort

Located in the thick of mountains and divine nature is our property, WelcomHeritage Lha-ri-sa Resort, Ladakh. Encompassed with the beauty of Ladakh, the property is spectacularly jagged, with arid mountains enfolding this magical town. This picture-perfect resort crowns absolute beauty amid elegance and allurement. It pampers the guests with the best of facilities and services. Avail niceties such as complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi, room service, adventurous activities, and much more. The resort is also in a good proximity to transport hubs and tourist attractions.

2. The Grand Dragon

Established in 2007, The Grand Dragon is owned and operated by the Abdu family from Leh, which has more than forty years of experience welcoming visitors. It is decorated magnificently with handmade paintings by Gulam Mustafa (first modern Artist of Ladakh) around every corner, and fixtures that are reminiscent of royalty. It is preferred among upscale travellers looking for luxury and comfort. Open all year round, this indigenously designed property offers all modern comforts and conveniences along with the famed Ladakhi warmth and pride in the land’s ancient cultural heritage. All rooms offer stunning views of the picturesque landscape, the vivid colours of an ever-changing sky and the lofty Himalayan peaks.

3. Stok Palace Heritage Hotel

Built entirely by the Ladakhi craftsmen in 1820, the Stok Palace continues to be a snug abode for the Namgyal dynasty. The Namgyal dynasty traces its origin to its founder–Lhachen Palgygon as early as the tenth century. You are entering a historical property, and the Palace stands 195 years old. The Stok Palace was opened to the public in 1980 with blessings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It encapsulates and reflects the lifestyle and history of royalties set in the midst of the valley of Singey Sangpo which is known more popularly as the Indus River. Preserved from urbanity, this pristine natural landscape allows you to relax in a serene atmosphere and amazing views all around and takes the visitors through the imagery experience, detailing the softness of snow, the brilliance of sunlight, billowing clouds, wandering pathways, and picturesque local architecture.

4. The Lonchay Residency

A small boutique family-run property situated in the heart of Leh town with the Tourist centre, Post Office, Government Hospital and market at walking distance. The property offers a great family homestay feeling as the owner’s family also reside inside the premises. The views of the Stok Kangri range are breathtaking from the property. It also offers a beautiful little garden with a number of apple trees. The family also grows organic vegetables on a small patch in the garden. Visit the Lonchay Residency and enjoy their service and neat environment and homely comfort and special care.

5. Hundarman on the LOC

The homestay is in the New Hundarman Village and the old Hundarman Village, which was under Pakistani control till 1971 and was abandoned at the end of 1999 when hostilities broke out between the two countries again. This is as close you can get to Pakistani occupied territory as you can get anywhere in India and now you can even stay here. It is a beautiful village house. It offers boarding and lodging facilities for four people in a single room. The house has a traditional eco-friendly Ladakhi village toilet. The village offers great walks around and you can even visit the abandoned village of old Hundarman and visit the museum that has been set up by the village community. You can even gaze across the Line of Control (LoC) and gaze at a village on the other side which also incidentally is now abandoned. Many people in the New Hundarman have relatives who live on the other side of the LOC.

 

Compiled by Team THN

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