Accommodation In Nubra Valley – Ladakh

by Vargis.Khan

Along with Pangong Tso, Nubra Valley is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Ladakh.  Although some of the basic amenities like cell-phone services and a gas station are still missing, Nubra Valley is a well populated region and finding a place to stay within any budget should not be a problem. Almost every village in Nubra valley has accommodation facilities  either in the form of hotels or guest houses. Another good option is of a paying guest that many people chose to opt for. In this article, I will provide information on various choices of accommodation in Nubra valley along with names of some good hotels or guest houses with their contact information.

Which is the best town in Nubra valley to stay is really a difficult question to answer. Entire Nubra valley is a beauty in itself and every town has its own highlights. Panamik has its hot water springs, Warshi is the most recent village opened for tourists, Hunder has its sand dunes however Diskit is the place that pretty much becomes the center of Nubra valley during tourist season. Where you chose to stay just becomes a question of which hotel or guest house you liked the best because in the end, you must explore the entire valley and see all that it has to offer.

Mentioned below are a few things to keep in mind while looking for accommodation in Nubra valley.




1. Confirm whether or not there will be hot water available to take a bath. Honestly I can go without taking a bath for a day in such a cold region but some people just cannot and if you are among those people, you may want to ask this beforehand. Some of these guest houses and hotels will provide hot water to wash hands or face but not enough for a bath so it is a good idea to confirm this before checking in.

2. Confirm if non-vegetarian is on the menu if you must have it. Most of the guest houses will serve only plain vegetarian food and so will the hotels. Confirm with them if they can arrange non-vegetarian for you for dinner if it is not already on the menu.

3. I would recommend not booking in advance. As I mentioned above, find accommodation in Nubra Valley is not really difficult so just walk in to a hotel of your choice and negotiate. If you booked and paid in advance, you will be bound to stay in the same hotel and will in all probability end up overpaying.

4. A good place to stay will be Panamik because of its hot water springs. Even if your host doesn’t arrange hot water for bath, you can just walk up to the spring and take a dip in naturally hot water. Villagers have made arrangements in form of small bathroom type rooms around the spring where you can take a bath. There are a couple of hotels as well as guest houses here.

5. Diskit has the largest and the best  hotels in Nubra Valley. If watching sand dunes and two hump camels is on your mind, you may want to stay at either Diskit or Hunder.

6. Keep in mind that no matter where you stay, accommodation in Nubra valley is very moderate and simple so do not go expecting a highly luxurious hotel because there are no five stars here.

7. There are a few camp sites available as well in Nubra if you want to stay in a camp but finding a place to set up your own camp can be a challenge. Your best bet is to speak to one of the locals and pay some money to get a place arranged to put up your tents.

9. Turtuk is the best place in terms of camping. There are a few camp sites and several great spots to pitch your own tent.

8. Dogs in these areas are very dangerous and in case you are setting up your tents, you may not like to wander around at night. These dogs will not just bark to scare you but will definitely attack and if its an entire pack, the attack may get a lot more serious.

Listed below are names of some good hotels / guest houses with their contact information. Please note that I have not stayed at all these places so cannot vouch for their services. I was either provided this information by friends who visited Nubra valley or came across this information over the web on BCMT and DOW forums. Prices mentioned below too may be different depending on when you are staying here. I will break the information by towns / villages in Nubra valley.

Accommodation In Nubra Valley

Hotels and Guest Houses in Diskit:

Diskit has the highest number of hotels in Nubra valley and probably the only place where you can hope to find a luxurious hotel. It is the district capital and some of the basic amenities like phone booths, restaurants, taxi services are better here. There is also a petrol pump in Diskit but I have never found it operational so far. Mentioned below are a few good hotels / guest houses in Diskit.

Hotel Sten Del
Price Range: Rs 3000 plus for a double bedroom
Phone: +91-9419348223 (Mutup Namgyal), +91-9469702071 (Deepak), +91-1980-220196
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.hotelstendelnubra.com/

Olthang Guest House
Price Range: Rs 1500 plus for a double bedroom
Phone:  919469176104, 01980–220025, Tsewang Norboo

Sand Dunes Guest House
Price Range: Rs 600 – 1000 for a double bedroom
Phone: 01980 – 220022

J&K Tourism Rest House
Price Range: Rs 1000 – Rs. 1500 for a double bedroom

Some other hotels in Diskit are as mentioned below. I just found their names and phone numbers, not the exact tariffs but these are all moderately priced, between Rs. 500 to Rs. 1000.

Zambala Guest House
Tel 01982 220418

Sunrise Guest House
Tel 01982 220011

Manay Guest House
Tel 01980 220092

Siachan Guest House
Tel 01980 220004

Thachung Guest House
Tel 01982 220002

Spang la guest house
Tel 01980 220049

Hotels and Guest Houses in Hunder:

Hunder is the probably the second most favorite place of stay in Nubra Valley because of sand dune and Bactrian (two hump) camels. Like Diskit, there are several hotels and guest houses in Hunder as well and finding once fitting in your budget and taste will not be a problem.

Yourdum Guest House
Price Range: Rs 1000 for a double bedroom
Phone: +91-1980-221114 OR +91-9469735827

Snow Leopard Guest House
Price Range: Rs 1500 – 2000 for a double bedroom
Phone: +91-9469176759 / +91-1980-221097, Mr. Dawa Norbu

Galaxy Guest House
Price Range: Rs 800 – 1200 for a double bedroom
Phone:  +91-9419885450 / +91-9797541101 / +91-1980-221054 – Mr. Stanzin

Goba Guest House
Price Range: Rs 700 – 1000 for a double bedroom
Phone: +91-9469534590, 01980-221083, 01980-200021 – Mr. Tsering Goba

Milkyway Guest House
Price Range: Rs 600 – 900 for a double bedroom
Phone: 01980-221041

Olgok Guest House
Price Range: Rs 800 – 1200 for a double bedroom
Phone: 01980-221092

Himalayan Guest House
Price Range: Rs 450 (Shared bath) – 800 – 1200 (Attached bath) for a double bedroom
Contact: 09469177470, 01980-221131 – Mr Ghulam Hussain

Natures Nest North Nubra
Tariff :INR 3,350 To 5,450

Hotel Karma Inn Nubra Valley
Tariff Range : INR 2,230 to 3,600
Phone: +91-1980221042
Web: www.hotelkarmainn.com

Mentioned below are a few other moderately priced hotels in Hunder, between Rs. 500 to Rs. 1000.




Organic Camp
Tel 01980 221070

Chamba Camp
Tel 01980 221140

Moonland Guest house
Tel 01980 221048

Samba Guest house
Tel 01980 221348

Norba Organic Retreat
Phone: 01980 – 22107, 9469176076

Naycho Resorts
Phone: 01980–221062, 9469176094

Hotels and Guest Houses in Sumur:

While Diskit and Hunder are on the road that goes towards Turtuk, Sumur is on the other side of the valley, on the road that goes towards Warshi and then continues to Siachen Glacier. This is another great place to stay and have several hotels and guest houses.

A O Guest House
Price Range: Rs 700 for a double bedroom
Phone: 01980–220050

K-Sar Guest House
Price Range: Rs 700 – 1000 for a double bedroom
Phone: +91-9469291395

Valley Flower Camp
Tariff : INR 3,055 To 4,667

Hotel Yarab Tso
Tariff : INR 3,600 To 4,700

Larjay Resort Sumoor
Phone: 01980-223510, 9419177498

Silk Route Cottage
Phone: 01980-223596

Kailash Mansarowar
Phone: 01980-223522, 9469220835

Hotels and Guest Houses in Panamik:

Famous for its hot water spring, there are a few guest houses in Panamik of which I will list down two. Majority of the accommodation choice here however is in the form of paying guest. You stay in someone’s house with them and share their food at their table. Nice experience if you asked me.

Nebula Guest House
Price Range: Rs 700 to Rs. 1000 for a double bedroom
Phone: +91-9469180553, 01980247013

Hot Spring
Price Range: Rs. 500 – Rs. 1000
Phone: 01982 – 251114

Hotels and Guest Houses in Turtuk:

Turtuk is further ahead on the same road that goes to Diskit and is the last village accessible to civilians. It has quite a few guest houses and hotels.

Turtuk Holiday Camp, Turtuk
Price Range: Rs 2200 – 2500 for a double occupancy
Phone: +919906993123
Email: [email protected]

PWD Rest House, Turtuk
Good to stay but has to be booked in advance from Diskit.
Price Range: Rs 1000 for a double bedroom

Maha Guest House
Phone: 9419112174

Apolee
Phone: 01980-248105

Balti Residency
Phone: 01980-248024, 9419559947

 

Camp Sites in Nubra Valley:

If you do not want to stay in a hotel and are in a mood to go camping, Nubra Valley has several camp sites available as well. You can either chose to stay at any of these camping sites or you can pitch your own tent as well. Like rest of Ladakh, Nubra valley too is a cold desert and you can pitch your tent pretty much anywhere you like but I would advise against doing so. If you camping on your own, chose a place that is near to a hotel / guest house or another camp site. Pay them a little to give you a spot to camp and using their washroom facilities. You can also ask them to cook your food. There are several reasons behind doing so but primary would be for your own safety and convenience. You really do not want to pick and camp at a spot where you weren’t supposed to. Read the below article for more tips on camping in Ladakh.

Camping In Ladakh – Self camping & Camp sites

Below are names and contact details of a few camp sites. You can call them in advance to enquire but I would recommend against booking in advance. Just walk in to a camp site and struck up a deal, that way you will end up paying less than what you would have if you booked in advance.




Double Humped Camp Hunder
Tariff Range : INR 2,700 to 4,000
No. of Rooms : 10 Deluxe Camps
Contact: +91 9820501211
Location: Hunder

Mystique Meadows Camp
Rooms: 23 tents & 4 rooms
Location : Sumur, Nubra
Tariff :INR 2,500 To 4,300

Himalayan Eco Resort
Rooms : 20 Cottages 5 Tents
Location : Hunder Village, Nubra
Tariff : INR 3,200 to 4,950

Cold Desert Camp
Location : Hunder, Nubra Valley
Tariff :INR 6,400 To 8,400

Chamba Deluxe Camp
Tents: 12
Location : Hunder, Nubra valley
Tariff :INR 2,434 To 3,916

Valley Flower Camp Nubra
Tariff Range : INR 3,055 To 4,667
No. of Rooms : 15 Double Tents
Location : Sumur, Nubra

Silk Route Cottages Nubra Valley
Tariff Range : INR 3,100 To 4,800
No. of Rooms : 14 Bamboo Cottages 5 Tents
Location :Sumur

Organic Retreat Camp Nubra Valley
Tariff Range : INR 2,700 to 6,000
No. of Rooms : 16 Tents
Location : Hunder

There are hotels and guest houses in other villages like Warshi, Sasoma and Takshi as well but I do not have information on those. Most of these villages though offer accommodation as paying guest and you may not find a hotel here.

I hope this information was helpful. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below. Also, if you have stayed in any particular hotel or guest house in Nubra valley, your feedback is most welcome. Please share it and I will add it to the article.

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Suprotim Roy June 11, 2019 - 6:47 am

Hello Vargis,

I am following your blog since last year and let me tell you there is no other blog or website on the whole internet which has covered Ladakh as extensively and detailed as you have done.There is no one else who has organised and structutured the blog so so well.

The blog is so minutely written that you have covered travlling on a 100 cc bike as well which no one even thought of covering. You also keep the bblog updated.

Moreover, you have replied to EACH AND EVERY COMMENT and still replying/guiding everyone personally. I just salute you for this.

I am going to visit this year and I have planned the whole trip based on your blog and all maps are from your blog only. Also I will be contacting Nasir for taxi from leh to srinagar.

I have some small suggestion – Please also cover these in details:

Khalsi,Domkhar, Skurbuchan, Hanu, Baima, Dha in Khalsi Sub-Division.
Tangtse-Kargyam-Sato, Barma, Chushul

Again, Thanks a lot for the wonderful and updated blog.

regards,
Suprotim

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Vargis.Khan June 11, 2019 - 8:57 pm

Hello Suprotim – Thank you for your kind words, I really appreciate it. And yes, you are right. I missed writing about the areas you suggested. Will cover those too.

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Aditya Sen November 16, 2018 - 10:37 am

Hi Vargis,
We are planning to visit Leh in next year….may be by end of April or beginning of May.
Below is my itinerary….
Day 1: Arrival at Leh – Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits Overnight at Leh
Day 2: Leh Local Sightseeing (Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu) (o/n at Leh)
Day 3: Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Diskit (o/n at Diskit)
Day 4: Hunder / Diskit – Leh – Pangong Tso Lake (O/N at Spangmik)
Day 5: Pangong to Tso Moriri vis Hemis, Chumathang, overnight stay at Karzok
Day 6: Karzok – Leh by covering Hemis (if not covered while going), Thicksey and Shey (o/n at Leh)
Day 7: Depart from Leh to Delhi

Questions wher i need your expert suggestion:
Will that time be good for visiting Leh?
Is it possible to cover Lamayaru on Day 2 along with the scheduled plan?
Day 3, plan is doable? Or need to add one more day?
is Siachen Border accessible to general visitors?
Can we directly go to Pangong from Diskit?
Can we directly go to Tso Moriri from Pangong Tso via chumathang? or we should take chushul route?
Do we need to have a buffer day?
Will camping be available at Pangong Tso during our travel period? (End April or Early May)

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Vargis.Khan November 16, 2018 - 12:41 pm

Hi Aditya,

1. Yes
2. Yes. You cann drive all the way till Lamayuru and return by evening to Leh
3. Doable but make sure you start by 6 from Leh so you can cover it all
4. No
5. Yes. Take the Agham Shyok road but whether or not it will be open that early in the season is questionable.
6. You can do both but via Chumathang will be very long for a day
7. Yes. If possible, do Pangong to Hanle and Hanle to Karzok
8. Will have to see next year. Court banned camp sites at Pangong at the end of this year’s season so will have to wait and see how it comees into effect next year.

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Chetan Garg September 6, 2018 - 7:10 am

Hello Vargis
My itinerary is from 10th Sep, first 2 nights leh(Local Sightseeing), 3rd night Hunder, 4th Night Sumur, 5th Night Pangong,6th Night TsoMoriri, 7th Night Leh then fly out.
We are a group of 7 on bikes(none is a professional biker) although I have been to leh 3 times. My concern is pangong to Tsomoriri road. My plan is to travel
Spangmik – Merak – Chushul – Kakasang le – Yaye Tso – Mahe – Korzok
Will the road be open in mid September for bikes and for Car. Do we need a special permit for this road.
Thanks

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Vargis.Khan September 6, 2018 - 12:05 pm

Hi Chetan,

1. Road will be open
2. Regular ILP will do
3. It however depends on Army entirely to whether or not let u go. Some people get allowed to pass and some don’t.
4. Make sure your bikes are good and strong because this is a tough road and climb

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Chetan Garg September 7, 2018 - 5:22 am

The army checkpost you are talking about in point 3 will be at Chushul or some where else, actually was thinking that if army sends us back will we be able to reach pangong at time. Secondly I hope this is not peak season so can we get accomodation camps or similar after reaching at Tsomoriri or we need to prebook them.

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Vargis.Khan September 7, 2018 - 12:15 pm

Army check post? I think you commented on the wrong post but yes, there is a check post at Chushul. September is end of the season so you will easily be able to find accommodation.

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Farrukh Abbasi August 7, 2018 - 7:08 am

Hey, we are planning our trip to leh on september 29th. Is it safe to visit nubra valley by bike and do they rent bikes in leh at that time?

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Vargis.Khan August 7, 2018 - 9:31 am

Yes to both. You will get the bikes and it is also a good time to go. You will find plenty of tourists there at this time.

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Farrukh Abbasi August 7, 2018 - 9:53 am

Cool! Thanks a lot mate.

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Vargis.Khan August 7, 2018 - 12:54 pm

You are welcome !!!

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mihir June 28, 2018 - 5:33 am

Brother, Can you update the hotel rates for Hunder and Diskit ?

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Vargis.Khan June 28, 2018 - 2:56 pm

Lot of tourist rush this year Mihir and in peak season, the rates have definitely gone up. Keep a budget according to Rs. 1500 minimum for a day’s stay at anywhere in Ladakh.

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mihir June 29, 2018 - 3:41 am

Thanks for the quick reply 🙂 …1500 including food ? also would like to know if there are any hostel/dormitory/homestay in hunder/diskit

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Vargis.Khan June 29, 2018 - 2:30 pm

No, to be on a safer side, keep 1500 just for accommodation budget, food extra.

You could find homestays in Nubra, at any of the villages en route. Ask around at Panamik, you may find it there, will be hard at Diskit and Hunder.

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mihir July 2, 2018 - 6:42 am

Cool ! thanks a lot for the info 🙂

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Vargis.Khan July 2, 2018 - 4:21 pm

You are welcome !!!

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Vivek June 27, 2018 - 9:53 am

Is there any recent Update from Pangong Lake to Tso Moriri Via chushul for Bikers ..

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Vargis.Khan June 27, 2018 - 4:32 pm

The road is open if that is what you meant to ask.

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Saptarshi June 11, 2018 - 10:34 am

Vargis vai, can I stay in Camps in Nubra(Hunder) in middle of September?? or should I try for some cemented property? Also want to know Shyok & chusul route will be open in September?

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Vargis.Khan June 11, 2018 - 6:14 pm

Bhai are you asking about self-camping?

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tarunbikas biswas June 3, 2018 - 8:28 am

Are the hotel rates mentioned above at Nubra Valley updated ? We two senior citizen husband & wife (63 & 60 years) want to go and stay at least 2/3 nights at Hunder/ Turtuk and also want to stay one night each in pangong tso & tso moriri from Leh. In october’ 03 we visited Ladakh from Manali & came back via Kargil but could not visit Nubra due to massive snowfall in khardung la & could not night stay at Pangong Tso because no such arrangement was there that time. This time we expect of reaching Leh on 04-09-18 from Manali & will stay there till 12-09-18. Since a full car hire will be too expensive for a retired person like me please help & advise us to materialise our tour.

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H J May 5, 2018 - 4:11 pm

we are 2 couples travelling to Leh Ladakh from 2nd July (Airport Arrival) to 11th July (Flying Back).

request you to suggest itinerary..

areas to be covered :
Leh, Nubra Valley, Sham Valley, Pangong, River Rafting (low to medium difficulty)

we want to do minimum by Bike and maximum by car.

should i Book hotels and Taxis in advance as it will be peak season.

Thanking you Anticipation!!

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Vargis.Khan May 6, 2018 - 2:38 am

It will be a good idea to book taxi at least. Please contact Nasir in Leh at 9906229203. He runs his own taxi. Let him know you got his number from me. Book him and he will manage your entire trip and can help with rafting as well. He is a local in Leh so can suggest good hotels to stay at as well.

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H J May 7, 2018 - 8:55 am

thanks 🙂

will bother you some more 😉

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Vargis.Khan May 7, 2018 - 4:51 pm

No problem brother

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Puneet April 12, 2018 - 1:28 pm

I am visiting Leh – can you advise me on 2 things
1. Is this a good itinerary: Fly In -> Leh 2 nights with a day trip to Lamayaru -> 1 night Nubra Valley -> 2 nights Pangong Tso -> 1 night Tso Moriri -> Leh 1 night -> Fly Out
2.Taxi – Should i book one or should i visit Leh town and bargain? For this entire trip, what is the approximate cost as per you? And will a taxi take me from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso directly?

Should I book in advance or should I book stays in Nubra/Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri on the spot? My trip is 12th-19th May and besides flights, I havent booked anything yet. (Dont want to be scammed by the taxi guys)

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Vargis.Khan April 13, 2018 - 7:12 pm

1. Itinerary is OK but 2 nights is not really worth it at Pangong. How are you planning to go to Moriri from there? Chushul route will most probably be blocked this year.
2. No need to book your accommodation in advance but for taxi, contact Nasir at 9906229203. Give my reference and you will not be scammed. He is a reliable guy and I will recommend booking him.

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Puneet April 15, 2018 - 7:03 am

Thank you. I talked to Nasir, he said the same thing that Chushul is blocked, So I asked him if instead of coming all the way back to Leh from Pangong Tso, can we stay somewhere else instead. Any suggestions?

Also one fyi – I am unable to post anything on your forums as the the captcha says it is shut down and does not produce a code so I cannot sign up.

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Vargis.Khan April 15, 2018 - 9:25 am

Hi Puneet, No other place to stay really but as a matter of fact, you can make it to Moriri still by coming back until Karu and then taking the Chumathang route. It will be a long journey but doable.

Thanks for pointing out the captcha thing. I just fixed it. Can you check now if you are able to sign up?

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Ravi April 17, 2020 - 4:27 am

Is there any to stay in Warshi Village .

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Jeanette Gomes March 10, 2018 - 7:08 am

What is the best mode of transport for a family of 3 to sightsee around Nubra valley? Are there cabs or buses from point to point or is it better to hire a cab for the day?

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Vargis.Khan March 12, 2018 - 8:36 pm

Hiring a private Cab for the day is the best way for sightseeing in Nubra valley as connectivity by public transport is not that great in this region. There is mostly just one or two buses in the entire day. Shared cabs are there but not frequently.

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inkingindianroads May 30, 2017 - 7:04 am

I’m planning to set my own tent on the way to leh (via srinagar). Can you suggest me places which are likely to be safe for a tent stay?

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Vargis.Khan May 30, 2017 - 4:32 pm

Do not camp in middle of nowhere. You can pitch your tent at Sonamarg, Kargil, Lamayuru, Mulbekh etc but do it close to either another camp site or a dhaba. Pay the owner a little money to give you a spot where you can pitch your tent.

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