If you are strictly a vegetarian, then a trip to Kashmir and Ladakh will definitely get you thinking about where you will be eating. Almost all the restaurants here will serve vegetarian dishes but finding one that serves only vegetarian can be a little troublesome. This creates a big problem for people who will not eat at a place that cooks and serve non-vegetarian dishes too. If you too are a vegetarian only person, then below is a list of some good vegetarian restaurants in Leh that you can eat at. All these places serve only veg dishes and there is no non-veg available here, not even eggs.
The list below comprises places not only vegetarian restaurants in Leh but at other towns too that you will be crossing while traveling to Ladakh. I will present this in form of an itinerary; starting from Srinagar, covering all places in Ladakh and ending at Manali. I would also like to mention that I am not a vegetarian only and have not eaten at all of these places. The intent is to only compile information here for the sake of anyone who is traveling to Ladakh and looking to eat at a vegetarian only place. I either noticed some of the restaurants listed below myself while traveling to Ladakh, or I received this information from friends, other readers or from the web.
Pure Vegetarian Restaurants in Srinagar
Listed below are a few good vegetarian only restaurants in Srinagar.
- Krishna Vaishno Dhaba: It is located opposite Hotel City Plaza, near United Nation Office, close to Dal Gate. I have never eaten here but it has been highly recommended by several friends for delicious food. They serve only vegetarian.
- Pincer Vegetarian Foods: It is another good vegetarian only restaurant. It is located Near Hotel New Park,Opp.Ghat No-, 9, Boulevard Rd, Durgjan, Srinagar. Their phone number is 094190 68017 in case you have trouble locating the place.
- Vishal Vaishno Dhaba: Another veg only place located near Dal gate. Their phone number is 9906118786 in case you have trouble finding it.
- Radha Ki Rasoi: This is located near Malik hotel, at Boulevard Road in Srinagar. Phone number is 9697770000.
Vegetarian Restaurants in Sonamarg
It will be really hard to find a vegetarian only restaurant in Sonamarg; as a matter of fact I do not think there is any. Your only option is Hotel Sonamarg Palace, located in front of Thajiwas Glacier District Ganderbal, Sonamarg. They have a vegetarian only restaurant where you may eat; even if you are not a guest at the hotel.
Vegetarian Restaurants in Drass
There is no vegetarian only restaurant in Drass. All the hotels and Dhabas here serve both veg and non veg dishes. I will recommend that you eat at Sonamarg and get something packed too for the journey ahead; just in case.
Vegetarian Restaurants in Kargil
Like Drass, there is no vegetarian only restaurant in Kargil. This is the reason why I mentioned that you should get something packed at Sonamarg; so that you at least have the option of heating up what you bought at the hotel and have it for dinner. Your best bet to eat vegetarian in Kargil would be a small Dhaba near taxi stand, in main market. A Sardarji owns it. Another good choice to have vegetarian food would be Hotel Caravan. If it fits in your budget, you can check in to this very hotel. If you are staying elsewhere, they have a restaurant where you can go and eat.
Vegetarian Restaurants in Khalsi
Samyas Restaurant: After Kargil, the next place where you can find vegetarian only food is at Khalsi. There is a Jain restaurant here by the name of Samyas which I have heard serves quite delicious food. You can have your lunch here while on your way to Leh from Kargil.
Vegetarian Restaurants in Mulbek
There is a small restaurant/dhaba at Mulbek, just opposite the grand Buddha statue, whose menu is limited to vegetarian only.
Vegetarian Restaurants in Leh
Most restaurants in Ladakh serve vegetarian dishes but also have a rich non-vegetarian menu as well. If you are not too finicky about your meal cooked in same kitchen as non-vegetarian; options are in plenty. However if you have any such restriction,; there are a few places in Leh that serve only vegetarian.
- Neha Snacks: This place also goes by the name of Neha Sweets and is located in main market of Leh. It is quite a famous place and you will have no trouble finding it; just ask anyone and they will point you in the right direction. In the list of vegetarian restaurants in Leh, this one always comes to be on the top.
- Lamayuru Restaurant: A good and not so expensive place to eat. I have been to this place myself and the vegetarian dishes here were quite delicious.
- Tenzin Dickey: If you are in for some Tibetan food, then this restaurant will be your best bet. They are not really that expensive and food is quite good. It is at Fort road in Leh.
- Punjabi Rasoi: If you would like some traditional Indian food, you should go to Punjabi Rasoi. This too is located in main market and and is a pure vegetarian only restaurant. The best part here is the half serving option; so if you are traveling solo or eating alone, you should go here.
- Himalayan Restaurant: If you want to try some veg Chinese, then Himalayan Restaurant will be a great place to eat at.
- Hotel Mandala: I stayed at this hotel during one of my trips to Ladakh and found it to be quite good. They have a vegetarian only restaurants that also serves Jain vegetarian food. You can either check in here or you can stay elsewhere as well and come eat at this hotel.
Vegetarian Restaurants in Nubra Valley
After Leh; it gets a bit tricky for vegetarian people. Thing is that most of the Ladakhis eat non-vegetarian; both Muslims and Buddhists. So it is going to be extremely difficult for you to find a place that serves only vegetarian; as a matter of fact I do not believe there are any.
Most of the restaurants and hotels here will serve vegetarian but if you cannot eat at a place that serves non-veg too, your choice will be severely limited.
Maggie will be your lunch or dinner here. There are several Maggie points in Nubra valley and finding a tea shop or small Dhaba that serves Maggie will be not a problem. Try to look for a home stay and ask the owner if they can serve vegetarian food. As I mentioned above though; most of the people here eat non-veg so finding a pure veg home stay will be a difficult task.
There is a home stay in Diskit by the name of Khardung Home Stay that I would recommend. I believe they serve only vegetarian. You can inquire while you are in Diskit about this place. Again, I am not too sure about this but it’s worth a shot. Ask around in Diskit for this place and any of the locals will point you in the right direction.
Vegetarian Restaurants at Pangong Tso
There is really no hotel or restaurant at Pangong Tso; just chadar tents and camp sites. Non-veg is cooked at these sites on order but they usually serve eggs in breakfast which can again be a problem for some people. There is however a restaurant in Tangste where I ate a couple of years ago. I do not remember the name of it but it is just a small restaurant and there were no non veg items on their menu. Eat here before you proceed to Pangong Tso and may even get some food packed for your dinner. Tangste is a very small town and finding this restaurant will not be that difficult a task.
Another thing that you can do is to ask around at the camp sites and find one that does not serve non vegetarian food at all. This however is a long shot and chances of finding such a camp site are slim.
Vegetarian Restaurants in Karzok (Tso Moriri)
It is pretty much the same deal as Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso. There are a few hotels and camp sites which will serve you both vegetarian but they cook non-vegetarian as well. I do not believe there is any restaurant at Karzok which is strictly vegetarian only. There is a tea shop near the monastery in Karzok where I believe they just serve tea, Maggie, Paranthas and noodles. I am not too sure about the non-veg part but you can ask here. Rest of the guest houses and hotels sever both veg and non veg.
Vegetarian Restaurants on Manali Leh Highway
While traversing on Manali Leh road, the major stopover points are at Pang, Sarchu, Jispa and Keylong. Most of the people traveling to Leh or to Manali from Leh stop at either of these places.
Pang: There are only Chadar tents here and no cemented hotel. Some of the Chadar tents serve non-vegetarian as well but not all however egg is something that they all do.
Sarchu: Sarchu too is mostly a camping site and Chadar tents. Situation here is pretty much the same here as Pang. Chadar tents do not usually serve non-vegetarian dishes but they do keep and serve eggs.
Chamba Dhaba: The Dhaba I posted picture of above is just after crossing Baralacha La towards Leh. Last I was here, there was no non-vegetarian item on their menu. It was just limited to Maggie, Paranthas, simple roti, daal & Chawal; no eggs too for that matter. You can stop here and have lunch.
Jispa: Jispa has just one large hotel which serves both veg and non veg. There are also a couple of camping sites here which mostly serves vegetarian but can arrange for non-veg as well if any of the guests asks for it.
Keylong: I am sorry but there is no known vegetarian only restaurant here.
Vegetarian Restaurants in Manali
Manali is one of the major tourist spots of our country and you will have no issue finding a vegetarian restaurant here. I will mention a few that I know to be good.
- Sharda Satyam: This one is located in main market area and a pure vegetarian restaurant.
- Hotel Tirupati Classic: Another vegetarian only restaurant.
- Mehak Restaurant on Mission road
- Il Ferno: If you like to try some veg italian then Il Ferno is the palce to go to. It is near the bridge in Old Manali.
- Aashiana: This one is another good and vegetarian only restaurant in Manali.
- If you are in for some vegetarian Himachali food then look for a small dhaba near Jana falls at Naggar.
Vegetarian Restaurants in Zanskar Valley
There are no vegetarian only restaurants in Zanskar; or at least not that I have noticed. Some small restaurants in Padum or along the way do not have chicken or mutton readily available but they serve eggs and Omelette. If that is a concern, then you will have trouble finding a place to eat here and will have to survive on snacks.
Vegetarian Restaurants in Pehalgam
Ok this one is off the route but thought I would still add it here. If you are on a Kashmir trip and visiting Pahalgam, then Nathu’s rasoi and Dana Pani would be your best choice for vegetarian only. Nathu’s rasoi is opposite Hotel Mughal Darbar and Dana Pani is near Hotel Mount View. Just ask anyone and they will point you in the right direction.
Vegetarian Restaurants in Gulmarg
If you are planning to take a detour towards Gulmarg from Sonamarg, then Punjabi Rasoi and Bakshi Restaurant are the ones in Gulmarg serving vegetarian only. There is another restaurant by the name of Falak which has a good veg only menu. Bakshi restaurant also serves Jain vegetarian.
These were some places that I found out to be serving pure vegetarian only means. These are not many, I know; but traveling to a place like Kashmir and Ladakh can severely limit your choices if you are a strict veggie. Below are a few tips that I believe can be helpful.
⇒ If you cannot eat at a place where non-vegetarian is cooked; or eat in plates that may have been used for serving non-veg, then I highly recommend that you carry some utensils with you. A heating pot, frying pan, plates, bowls; few spoons will come in real handy. That way, if you find a vegetarian only restaurant, you can also get some food packed for journey ahead and then use your own utensils to heat it up later.
⇒ While traveling to remote places, or towards Nubra or Pangong, keep an eye out for small eateries, like tea shops. They usually do not have non veg on their menu at all and just serve bread and paranthas with tea. Some of these may be serving eggs and some may not so do ask beforehand if you have any such restriction.
⇒ Maggie will come to rescue while traveling to remote places. Though you will find it almost everywhere in Ladakh, I will still recommend that you carry a few packets before you start from Leh or any major town where you see it on sale. If you brought your own utensils with you, you can get it cooked anywhere; even at places where they serve non-veg items.
⇒ Chadar tents/dhabas are in plenty all over Ladakh. They too do not usually have non veg on their menus, except eggs; some of them do not even have eggs. This will be your next best place to eat while not in Leh.
⇒ Carry ample amount of snacks with you all the time, no matter where you go.
⇒ If you are a Jain by faith and have strict limitations about what and where you eat, a trip to Ladakh will be a real problem in terms of food. The best that I can suggest is that you carry some basic cooking and eating utensils with you. There are also some travel agents that will arrange your entire tour and serve Jain food with no onions, garlic etc. Another tip would be to arrange your visits to Nubra and Pangong as day visit. Ask at the hotel or any restaurant in Leh to cook your mean, pack it for the day journey ahead and be back in Leh by evening. Just my two cents though; may sound a little silly or naive and I am sorry if it does.
I hope this information about vegetarian restaurants in Leh was helpful. These are just some restaurants that I was aware of. If you have been to Ladakh or Kashmir and know of some other vegetarian only place, please do add that information in the comments section below to help others. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask and I would be glad to answer.