12 Best Budget Places to Stay in Leh

  • MEGHANA AGASHE
  • UPDATED Mar 16, 2018
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Be it zooming across the barren roads on the backdrop of the stark mountains on a bike or camping on the edge of the brilliantly-blue Pangong Lake, we must admit, Leh-Ladakh is one place that is on the bucket-list of every millennial! While combating altitude sickness and choosing the right season to travel to this mystical land of mountains might seem like the biggest challenges, trust us there is one more crucial issue that needs to be addressed– budget! 

To ensure that you have a memorable trip in Leh-Ladakh without burning a hole in your pocket, it is essential to pick the right place to stay! So, look at our list of budget places to stay in Leh which will enable you to have a delightful sojourn in the lap of the Himalayas without worrying about emptying your bank balance!  

1. New Moon Guest House

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Originally a huge house which has now been converted into a guest house, New Moon Guest House is a warm and cozy place which offers clean and comfortable lodging services to the visitors. What’s more, almost all the rooms at this guest house consist of a balcony with a scenic view of the mountains and the valley.

Tashi, the cook, Dorje, the helper, and Mr. and Mrs. Angchuk, the owners, are super-helpful and friendly. They guide you in every possible way – from arranging transport to making your stay a relaxed one. The beautifully blooming garden surrounding this property, the quiet location and the spacious rooms all add to the lovely experience of staying in Leh at rates that don’t burn a hole in your pocket! 

Tariff: Rs. 1000 per night per room

Amenities: Balcony with view, Free Wi-Fi, Private bathroom, Flat-screen TV, Parking, Wardrobe/Closet, Breakfast for additional Rs. 150. 

What’s Cool: Located just 700 meters from Main Bazaar and a short distance away from attractions such as Shanti Stupa and Soma Gompa. 

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2. Ashoka Guest House

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A frequently-mentioned name on the list of budget places to stay in Leh, Ashoka Guest House is a centrally-located accommodation option which features hygienic rooms with picturesque views. The friendly owners and the polite staff members ensure that your stay here is a comfortable and a memorable one. Ashoka Guest House is a great place to meet like-minded travelers and interact with the locals. The shaded meal area with cane and plastic chairs adds to the rustic experience while the colorful garden and the potted plants give this place a cozy and a lovely feel. Enjoy a relaxed stay on the backdrop of snow-capped peaks at Ashoka Guest House. 

Tariff: Rs. 1200 per night per room

Amenities: Free private parking, Private bathroom, Garden, Designated smoking area, Daily maid service, Free Wi-Fi 

What’s Cool: 400 meters from Main Bazaar, 4 kilometers from Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport, staff fluent in Hindi as well as English, couple-friendly, wonderful views.

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3. Ecology hostel 

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Sure to catch the fancy of any backpacker, Ecology hostel is an eco-friendly hostel in the Shanti Campus of YOURTUNG Ladakh Ecological DEvelopment Group in Leh. Counted among one of the cheap hostels in Leh, Ecology hostel offers a tranquil stay to the visitors. Perfect for those who want to explore the non-commercial side of Leh, this hostel which is situated below the Shanti Stupa promises you a peaceful environment, simple home-cooked meals, and a chance to live like the locals. Despite its off-beat location, it is just a few minutes away from the numerous eateries and restaurants of the bustling Changspa area. 

Modest, warm rooms with basic amenities and clean, shared dormitories are what you can expect at the Ecology Hostel. The friendly staff and the pocket-friendly rates make this hostel perfect for budget travelers! 

Tariff: Rs. 300 per day per bed

Amenities: Free private parking, 24-hours electricity, free Wi-Fi, hot water, heating facilities and delicious breakfast for an additional charge of Rs. 120.

What’s Cool: A great location with shanti stupa on one side and snowcapped Himalayas on the other, highly helpful staff, and an opportunity to interact with other backpackers.

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4. Raybo Hostel

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Ideal for solo travelers looking to interact with other likeminded travelers and locals, Raybo Hostel offers mixed-bed as well as separate gender dormitories to the tourists. Boasting of an attractive location, Raybo Hostel promises you a homely abode right in the lap of the Himalayan peaks. Tucked away in a quiet lane, away from the hustle-bustle of the main city, this clean and beautifully-maintained place is the best to meet new people. The gorgeous garden, the airy sitting area, the spacious dormitories and the beautifully decorated lounge amp up the attractiveness quotient of Raybo Hostel. 

Tariff: Rs. 400 for a bed in the mixed-bed dormitory

Amenities: Garden view, Free private parking, Private bathroom, Bicycle rental (additional charge), Shared lounge/TV area, Daily maid service, Wi-Fi

What’s Cool: Located 900 meters from Main Bazaar, 2 kilometers from Namgyal Tsemo Gomp, and 4 kilometers from Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport

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5. Ewam Chunka

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Ewam Chunka bequeaths you with a chance to live in a property surrounded by mountains, in a peaceful location that is quite close to the city center. With the pleasant sound of the gurgling stream keeping you constant company and the lush green garden giving the place a farm-like feel, Ewam Chunka is an ideal spot to stay in Leh. The affordable tariffs, the spotless rooms and the prompt staff members make this accommodation option perfect for budget travelers looking to have a memorable vacation in Leh. 

Tariff: Rs. 1900 for a Deluxe Double Room with Balcony per night

Amenities: Balcony with view, Flat-screen TV, Laundry, Seating Area, Wardrobe/Closet, Free Wi-Fi

What’s Cool: Wonderful hospitality, A garden with a beautiful flowerbed, apple trees and apricot trees, located within a close distance of famous restaurants and shops.

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6. Mizka Home

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If you are one of those travelers who prefer to stay in a cozy B&B and spend the day exploring the city, then Mizka Home is perfect for you. The huge windows ensure that the property is always airy while the carpeted floors give this place a homely feel. The colorful bedsheets and curtains make this property a charming and quaint place and the pretty garden full of blooming flowers ensures that visitors have a wonderful view from the rooms. Mizka Home is ideal for people looking for cheap places to stay near the Leh Airport as the Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport is just 4 kilometers away from this accommodation option. 

Tariff: Rs. 1200 for a Budget Double Room

Amenities: Restaurant (à la carte), Garden, Luggage storage, Seating Area, Breakfast

What’s Cool: Close to the airport, a cozy ambiance and warm décor.

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7. Hostelavie Leh

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If you are looking for a quintessential backpacking experience, Hostelavie Leh is the place you should be heading to. It is imperative to note that there is no Wi-Fi in this hostel which means, there is more scope for interacting with other travelers and backpackers when you stay here! What’s more, the shared-cab stand is just located outside the hostel! 

The staff is helpful and friendly. They help you in planning your vacation as well as organizing round-trips. The quirky décor, the soothing blue theme of the property and the simple but cozy and snug ambiance makes this hostel ideal for backpackers! 

Tariff: Rs. 1,799 for a Deluxe Room and Rs. 350 onwards for a dormitory bed

Amenities: Breakfast, Private Parking, Daily maid service, Garden

What’s Cool: Most of the staff is native Ladakhi and so, this is as close to an authentic Ladakhi stay as you can! 

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8. Sangto Green Guest House

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A relaxed atmosphere, huge, spacious rooms and views of the mountains and apple orchards await visitors at the Sangto Green Guest House. The welcoming family who runs the place goes out of their way to help you out with the sightseeing in Leh, transportation in the city as well as the permits required to visit places like Nubra Valley and health conditions like altitude sickness. The beautiful garden consists of home-grown vegetables which are used in the meals cooked at this place. 

Tariff: Rs. 2,200 for a Double Room with Mountain View

Amenities: Breakfast included, Flat-screen TV, Free private parking, Private bathroom, Airport shuttle, Free Wi-Fi

What’s Cool: Airy rooms with views of the mountains, wooden verandas, and homecooked Kashmiri-style dishes

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9. Adu’s Eternal Comfort

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Named after the owner Adu, Adu’s Eternal Comfort is a comfy place to stay in the heart of Leh. Nestled just a short walk away from the main market, this place is as the name suggests- eternally comfortable! The wood-paneled floors, the colorful garden, and the adequately-furnished interiors of this hotel promise a cozy stay to the visitors. The grey-colored stone architecture on the outside is misleading as the interiors are as bright, colorful and warm as they can be! Another plus point of staying here is the availability of the delicious continental, Indian as well as vegetarian food options at this retreat. 

Tariff: Rs. 2,000 for a Deluxe Family Room

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, Terrace, Free private parking, Garden / Mountain view, Flat-screen TV, Breakfast for an additional charge of Rs. 150. 

What’s Cool: Comfortable accommodation just 600 meters from Main Bazaar, super-helpful owners and stunning views

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10. The Orchard Guest House

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Colorful prayer flags and pebbled paths welcome you to The Orchard Guest House. The enormous wooden-framed windows and the stone construction gives the guest house a rustic feel. The brightly colored interiors radiate warmth while the wooden and cane furniture adds to the homely feel of this place. The picturesque views of the snowcapped Himalayas towering over the guesthouse are an added bonus! 

Tariff: Rs. 1,200 for a Budget Double Room

Amenities: Clothes rack, Terrace, Garden, Free Parking

What’s Cool: War Museum is just 5 kilometers, Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport is 6 kilometers and Shanti Stupa is 1 kilometer from the property.

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11. Nathula Homestay

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As you make your way through the Upper Tukcha Road, a white-colored structure looms over the horizon and catches your attention with the colorful umbrellas dotting its entrance. This is the Nathula Homestay, a place that guarantees you an authentic Ladakhi sojourn. The antique furniture, the funky trinkets and memorabilia adorning the walls and the potted plants decked up on the window sill give this place a charming vibe. The shelf filled with traditional utensils and vases transports you into the era bygone! 

Tariff: Rs. 800 for a Double or Twin Room and Rs. 1,200 for a Double Room with Private Bathroom

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, Free parking, Airport shuttle, Bicycle rental (additional charge), Daily maid service

What’s Cool: Welcoming hosts, hiking options available nearby and pleasant ambiance

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12. Blue Sky Guest House

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An intricately-designed doorway with a hospitable vibe welcomes you at the Blue Sky Guest House. Perfect for a short-term stay, this guest house also consists of a shared kitchen where you can cook your own meals. The cleanliness is spic-and-span and the décor is minimal yet comfortable. Rest assured of a wonderful and a budget-friendly stay here! 

Tariff: Rs. 1000 for Double Room with Shared Toilet

Amenities: Flat-screen TV, Mountain view, Shared kitchen, Bicycle rental (additional charge), 24-hour front desk, Breakfast in the room

What’s Cool: 1.2 kilometers from Main Bazaar

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Enchanting to the core and mystical of say the least, Leh is every traveler's dream. Book your tickets and head to this magical place today! 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
MEGHANA AGASHE MEGHANA AGASHE

Oscillating between reality and day-dreaming, Meghana is a journalist by education and a travel-blogger by profession. The eternal love for exploring different places and cuisines, the urge to interact with people across cultures and the thirst for adventures is what drew her to the world of travel. An effervescent and a happy-go-lucky person who draws inspiration from the world of books and movies, she believes in mostly following her heart and very rarely, her brain! One moment you might find her curled up with a book and a cup of coffee while in the next, she might be reaching out for her keys and heading for a road-trip. Unpredictability is something that defines her the best and her sensitive nature juxtaposing with her ambitious attitude, makes her a contradiction of all sorts.

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