Accommodation on Manali Leh Highway
This article is in continuation with the previous article in the Manali Leh Highway Travel guide. While in the last article we talked about the different modes of transport that you can use to commute from Manali to Leh, in this article I will provide some information related to accommodation on Manali Leh highway.
Best Time to Travel from Manali to Leh
Manali to Leh – Minimum Days Required
Manali to Leh – Available Modes of Transport
Manali to Leh Road Map With Distance
Manali Leh Highway Travel Guide
Primary Attractions Of Manali Leh Highway
Traveling to Ladakh : The hows, dos and don’ts
Accommodation on Manali Leh Highway or where can you stay for the night is one of the most common questions that people ponder upon before embarking upon this adventurous journey. This of course is one of the foremost concerns that you need to pay attention to while preparing your itinerary for Ladakh trip. Without knowledge, you may have trouble deciding on the place where you want to break the journey for the night or you may end up at a place where either there is no accommodation available or the ones available are not as per your taste. Though Manali Leh highway is still a place where even some of the basic amenities can still be hard to find, the situation is improving by each passing year. Tourism in Ladakh has been on rise in past few years and the effect can be seen on Manali Leh highway as well. You can easily find a hotel or guest house at all the towns on the way and even the number of camp sites and Chadar tents has gotten way better. Every time I travel on this road now, I find a new Dhaba or chadar tent set up somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Below is some information that can be useful to anyone planning to travel on Manali Leh highway.
Are there any hotels on Manali Leh Highway?
Yes there are several hotels along the way but once you cross Jispa, there is no other hotel until you either reach Leh or get somewhere closer, i.e. Upshi or Karu. Further in this article is information related to where can you find a hotel on Manali Leh highway with their contact details. All the hotels on the route are quite clean and comfortable, can accommodate up to two people and are reasonably priced. Food depends on the hotel but it is never really that bad.
Are there any camping sites on Manali Leh Highway?
Like hotels, there are several camp sites available on the route. Further in this article is information related to places where you can find a camp site with their contact information. Unlike Hotels, camp sites are pretty much spread throughout the highway. How much you pay depends on the camp site but it ranges from Rs. 500 per person to Rs. 1500 per person. Food is pretty basic at these camp sites, nothing fancy but not too bad either. All of them provide hot water but the last I checked there was no running hot water, they will just give it to you in buckets. Some of these camp sites have attached washrooms and some have a common washroom.
Can I pitch my own tent on Manali Leh Highway?
Yes you can. Ladakh is a barren wasteland with not a living soul in sight for miles so you can pitch your tent as per your taste and convenience however it is highly advised that you do not camp in middle of nowhere. Best place to camp would be somewhere closer to a camp site. You can pay them a small amount of money in exchange of which they will give you a spot to pitch your own tent and let you use their washroom facilities. Please take a look at the article below for more information on camping in Ladakh.
Are there any guest houses on Manali Leh highway?
Yes there are several guest houses, both private and government run where you can stay for the night. These are however limited to the major towns on the route of course. Private guest houses pretty much run on the same lines as hotels however the government run guest houses or circuit houses are an entirely different story. These are maintained by HPPWD or HPTDC. It is better to book accommodation in advance to avoid any last minute hassles as getting a room here can be a little troublesome. Sometimes they may have room available but the caretaker may just refuse to rent it out so always book in advance. These rest / circuit houses are a great place to stay. Rooms are quite clean and comfortable and can easily accommodate up to three people. They are quiet reasonably priced too. You can easily find a room at any of the circuit or rest houses on the highway anywhere between Rs. 350 to Rs. 1000. Food however can be a problem at some of these rest or circuit houses and you may have to ask the caretaker to arrange dinner for you after you have checked in.
To make bookings in advance and the rates of PWD guest houses, please take a look at the following links.
Are there any chadar tents on Manali Leh highway?
Definitely yes. There are several places where you can find a chadar tent on Manali Leh highway. These are mostly just a small dhaba beneath a tent with a few beds laid out towards the back where you can crash for the night in exchange of couple hundred. These are the cheapest option of accommodation on the route.
What is the best option in terms of accommodation on Manali Leh highway?
If comfort is on your mind, HP PWD rest houses or circuit houses, privately run guest houses and hotels will be best for a trip on moderate budget. If adventure is what you seek, then go for a tent in any of the camping sites. However, staying at a camp sites can be a little costly so if you are on a budget trip, better to skip those. If you are really not choosy and just need a bed to crash on while saving money, best option to stay is at a Dhaba / Chadar tent. You can find a bed here for as less as Rs.200-300, depending on your negotiation skills. These chadar tents have shared washrooms which can be a problem. Another problem can be of privacy as you will just be sleeping on a bed in a large tent and there are several beds in a series. If you have a lady with you on the trip, best to skip the chadar tents completely.
Below is a breakdown of destinations on Manali Leh highway and where can you expect to find a place to stay. List of hotels, camp sites and their contact details are further in the article.
- Manali: Manali of course is one of the major tourist destinations in our country and you should have no problem finding a place to stay here.
- Gramphoo: This is the place where a road towards Spiti valley splits from the Manali Leh highway. Right at the bifurcation, there is a dhaba that provides a bed to crash on for a minimal charge of Rs. 100 to 200.
- Kokhsar: There is a HP PWD rest house in Kokhsar and few Dhabas/Chadar tents where you can stay.
- Sissu: There is both a PWD rest house and hotels in Sissu. Price range of the hotel would be anywhere between Rs. 500 – 1000 depending on your negotiation skills.
- Gondla: Only a PWD rest house available here.
- Tandi: This is where the last petrol pump on Manali Leh highway is. You can find a PWD rest house in Tandi as well.
- Keylong: One of the major towns on Manali Leh highway. There is a PWD rest house, a PWD circuit house and several hotels in Keylong. You can easily find a hotel here within any price range.
- Jispa: Three types of staying options here. A PWD rest house, camp sites and hotels.
- Darcha: Staying options available in form of Chadar Tents in Darcha.
- Chandra Taal: Right next to the lake are Dhabas / Chadar tents where you can stay for the night.
- Patseo: PWD rest house
- Zingzing Bar: Dhaba / Chadar tents where you can find a bed for the night.
- Bharatpur: Chadar tents
- Baralacha Pass: Right after you cross Baralacha Pass, there are a few Dhabas where you can find a bed to sleep on for the night.
- Sarchu: Sarchu has several camp sites available. If the camp site is not within your budget, you can chose to stay at a Dhaba / Chadar tent.
- Pang: Pang has an entire series of Chadar tents available.
- Upshi: Dhaba / Chadar tents and a few guest houses as well.
- Leh: Needless to say, finding a hotel in Leh within any price range is no big task.
Below are the names and contact details of hotels, guest houses, camp sites available at places that I mentioned above. I have of course not stayed at all of these places. A few I have and rest is information that I either gathered from Web or was provided by people who visited my website and later shared their feedback after completing the trip.
For HPPWD Guest houses contact information, please take a look at the link below.
Triveni Guest House – Sissu
Phone: 09459103575, 1900-263044 or 9418204944
Though I have never stayed here but every time I cross Sissu, I really admire the location of this hotel. The views from here are simply breathtaking. They will charge you anywhere between Rs. 500-Rs. 800 for a single room that can accommodate 2 – 3 people. A friend of mine who cycled on the Manali Leh highway stayed here and shared great feedback about the hotel. Food however is nothing fancy, pretty much just basic. In case you want to book in advance, you can call them at either of the three numbers I provided above.
The Chandrabhaga Hotel, Keylong
Opposite New Circuit House, Leh Manali Highway, 175132
Phone: 01900 222 393
The Chandrabhaga is a HPTDC run hotel and is a little bit on the expensive side. The price for a double bed room, including meals, will be between Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 2,500. If budget is not a constraint, definitely a recommended place to stay.
The New Gyespa Hotel Keylong
Near New Bus Stand, Keylong Town
Phone : 01900-222873, 9418136055
I love the location of this hotel. Tariff would be around Rs. 800 for a double bed room.
These are the two hotels that I have stayed at in Keylong and would definitely recommend. For more choices, please review the link below. There are ample amount of hotels in Keylong and finding one per your taste is not a difficult task.
Jispa Journeys is a camp site located about 2-3 kilometers before Jispa. They have an entire series of tents from luxury to normal ones. I haven’t stayed at this camp site personally but a fellow traveler did and provided great feedback. Please visit their site at the link below for more information. The charge (may have changed recently) was about Rs. 700-1000 for a normal tent and between Rs. 1500 to Rs. 2000 per person for a luxurious tent.
Hotel Padma Lodge
Phone: +91 1900 233211
Mobile: +91 94 180 33211, +91 94 189 11164
Email: [email protected]
I have never stayed at this hotel but have noticed it in Jispa. They have a website so you can check out the rooms and decide if you want to stay there. They are also a little before the main Jispa town, about 1 to 2 kilometers.
Hotel Ibex, Jispa
Phone: 094180 36860
Also known as Hotel Jispa, it is more of a luxurious hotel and I think they have a bar as well. Prices are way too steep, close to between Rs. 2,500 to Rs. 3,000 for a double bed room. I have never stayed here, just noticed this hotel while crossing Jispa. It is right there on the highway, a large building that is hard to miss. Their restaurant and rooms are quite good but as I mentioned, prices are quite steep.
This is a Bamboo huts site (picture above) and the place I would recommend to stay at in Jispa. Their huts are right next to the river and a great place to have a bonfire. It is located right in front of Hotel Jispa, on the other side of the road.
Sarchu is the major campsite site on Manali Leh highway and you will notice an entire series of camp sites here. Both luxury and normal tents are available and you can easily find one that fits into your budget. I will provide the name and contact numbers of the camp sites but wouldn’t recommend booking in advance. Just reach there and negotiate a deal. If you book in advance, 90% chance is that you will end up paying more than what you would if you just reach there and book on site.
Phone: 01902 – 251848
Adventure camp / Camps of Ladakh
For Reservations Call: – +91-11-40580334 / 40580335 / 9818226475 / 9999303050
Email: [email protected]
Dorje Camps Sarchu
Contact : Dorje Katoch
Phone : +919418356382, +919418476164
Email: [email protected]
Phone:+91-1902-252292, 254492, 98160 22292
Fax:91 1902 252786
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Website: www.antrek.co.in, www.antrektours.com
Blue Poppy Camps, Sarchu
Phone: 9920022544 / 9920442243
Pang has an entire series of Chadar tents available (picture below). These are however not that comfortable and washrooms are a big concern. They can however set up a seperate tent for you if you are ready to pay a little extra.
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I hope this information was useful. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask and I would be glad to answer. If you have traversed on Manali Leh highway and know of an accommodation that I missed mentioning here, please feel free to add the information in comments sections below. If you have stayed at a hotel or camping site, feedback is most welcome to help others.