Ladakh Himalayan Retreat: Best Place to Stay and Explore Leh
We recently came back from Ladakh with a big bundle of pleasant and beautiful memories to cherish from the region. Our stay in this hotel made them even more beautiful.
Leh-Ladakh remains a feat for travellers and tourists alike. It’s tough terrains, rough weather and lack of on-the-way facilities make the challenge seem so huge. But thanks to the Hotel Ladakh Himalayan Retreat, travellers can now explore this heaven while enjoying the best of comforts and luxury. Camps being the only option to stay as you drive far from Leh, this hotel is one of the best comfortable accommodations while you are in Leh.
The Shanti Stupa as seen from the hotel
The hotel is located away from the busy streets yet not so far from the market. The Leh main market would be approximately 1 km from here. While you walk from the market, you should descend 700-800 meters along the Fort road to reach the hotel. As you walk you can spot the best view of the hotel surrounded by snow capped mountains and magnificent views of Shanti Stupa and Stok Kangri in the background.
Traditional Buddhist Architecture for the Hotel
The hotel building is constructed with a traditional architecture with heavily designed wooden blocks sitting above the window panes. The interiors are elegant with authentic Buddhist paintings and artifacts. The lush green lawn with an adjoining garden is best to spend an evening watching the Stok ranges with a cup of Kashmiri Kawa in your hand. The hotel also has a souvenir shop with a very good collection of silk, pashmina and cotton textiles.
Interior of the hotel is very intricately designed with a traditional touch of local culture and beliefs. The dining hall and lounges with books and magazines and a small library are available for guests. Carrom board is available on 1st floor. It’s a bliss to watch the mountains through all the windows in the rooms and corridors.
The room and the view from balcony
While at the hotel, you should definitely try the local food preparations like Thenthuk – a hand pulled noodle soup prepared in the Tibetian style and Thupka – a noodle soup with dough dumplings, mixed vegetables and meat (optional). These food varieties might not taste as delicious when you have them in the local stalls in Leh markets and other places. Also a special mention of the drink, Khawa tea. This mild and refreshing tea is made by brewing tea leaves with chosen spices, saffron, and few dry fruits. You can have as many cups of it without having a heavy feeling in your tummy.
The Leh Market
Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar at Nimmoo
Most of all it is the feeling that one is cared for and valued that sets the Ladakh Himalayan Retreat apart from other similar hotels. Ladakh is an arduous and a challenging destination. Ladakh Himalayan Retreat helps you cope and recover to enjoy your holiday. Highly recommended !!!!
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Disclaimer: Interlude Journey were invited as guests of Hotel Ladakh Himalayan Retreat and as always all opinions are our own. We absolutely loved it here and hope you do too!