Guest Houses & Hotels on Srinagar Leh Highway

by Vargis.Khan

When it comes to accommodation and other basic amenities, Srinagar Leh highway has far better and more options than Manali Leh highway primarily because there are several well-known towns on this route. Adding to this is also the fact that it remains open for a longer duration than Manali Leh highway. You are never really cut off from civilization and areas where you may get stranded are only a few. If you need a place to stay for the night, options are in plenty and you will have no problem finding one. In this article, I will provide some information on where you may consider halting for the night while traveling from Srinagar to Leh; a list of places where you can find camp sites, guest house or hotels on Srinagar Leh highway.

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Hotels on Srinagar Leh Highway

In terms of accommodation on Srinagar to Leh road, it can be broken down in the following manner,

Hotels on Srinagar Leh Highway

Some of the towns’ en route like Sonamarg are quite famous as tourist hot spots so plenty of hotels available. As a matter of fact almost every town on this 400 odd kilometers long road has hotels, both big and small, luxurious and budget.

JKTDC Tourism Bungalows

After hotels, this will be the second most preferred accommodation choices. These are bungalows like structure provided by JKTDC (Jammu & Kashmir Tourist Development Corporation); a government entity.




These bungalows are quite comfortable, clean, well maintained and cost effective. To book you stay in advance, you can visit https://jktdc.co.in/#. There is a caretaker at all these bungalows so in case you are not able to book, then just in to any of the bungalows and stay there, depending on availability.

Camp Sites on Srinagar Leh Highway

There are a few camp sites available as well where you can chose to stay while traveling from Srinagar to Leh. Please do keep in mind that Kashmir becomes a tourist hot spot both in Summer and Winter as well so cost of the hotels go high, especially that of the camp site. These camp sites are not a cost efficient way as their charges are almost always  quite high. Further in this article I have provided details of where you can find a camp site with their contact information.

Major towns on Srinagar Leh Highway

Srinagar: Srinagar is a major tourist destination and you should have no difficulty to find a good hotel here within every price range. Another great option to stay is the houseboats on Dal Lake but they may pinch a little when it comes to the charges. You can easily find a good hotel in Srinagar for as less as Rs. 500 for the night. Houseboat, depending on your negotiation skills, can cost you anywhere from Rs. 1500 / 2000 per person to Rs. 3000 or more.

  • Sonamarg: Sonamarg has a decent number of hotels available, but finding a budget hotel here will be tough.
  • Drass: Great place to stay and you can easily find a hotel here for as less as Rs. 300 for the night, depending on your negotiation skills.
  • Kargil: Major town on this route. Most of the people plying on this highway break their journey at Kargil due to which there is there are plenty of hotels and guest houses here.
  • Mulbekh: Small town but a few accommodation options available including a J&K tourism bungalow.
  • Lamayuru: Few guest houses and hotels available here as well.
  • Leh: Plenty of hotels / guest houses available in Leh
Recommended Hotels on Srinagar Leh Highway

Mentioned below are names and contact information of some recommended hotels on Srinagar Leh Highway. Please note that I have of course not stayed at all of them. Of the list below, I have been a guest at some of the hotels while others were added based on feedback provided by friends or after reading reviews on the web.

Hotels in Srinagar

Srinagar is one of the most visited hill stations of our country and hotels here are in ample number. Just reach there, take a walk and no matter what your budget or preference is, you will easily get a hotel. My preferred choice of stay however is a houseboat in Dal Lake. There is nothing like the experience of staying in the boat there. The evening view is just amazing; give it a try.

Deluxe Srinagar Guest / Lonely Guest House
Address: Near Major Bridge Kursu Padshahi Bagh
Phone: 094190 52330
Review: Good place to stay if you are looking for a budget accommodation
Tariff: Rs. 700 – Rs. 800

Hotel Nishat
Address: Ishbar,gupt Ganga,Nishat srinagar
Phone: 096228 53236
Tariff: Rs. 700 – Rs. 1000
Review: Another great place to stay for a budget trip

Hotel Aziz
Address: Boulevard Road, Srinagar
Phone: 9906774454, 9858354294, 0194-2477675
Tariff: Rs. 1500 to Rs. 2000
Review: Stayed here during a group ride to Kashmir. Great place but cannot call it a budget accommodation. Great views, great hospitality but the drawback is that they do not have a kitchen in the hotel so for meals you will have to eat out.

Hotel Akbar Inn
Address: Sonwar, Behind Childrens Hospital, Srinagar
Phone: 098110 28205
Tariff: Rs. 1500 to Rs. 2000
Review: Another great place to say. Comes highly recommended by a friend.

Houseboats as I mentioned are a great place to stay but their prices can be quiet steep. Some of them will offer a price of about Rs. 1500 – Rs. 2000. It is almost next to impossible to find anything below this price; this is the lowest you will have to pay for a stay at a boat.

Hotels in Sonamarg

Next in line is Sonamarg. If you are on a budge trip, just head straight towards Drass or Kargil and stay there. I doubt there is any hotel in Sonamarg that will charge less than Rs. 2000 – Rs. 2,500. They may do so if you are traveling in October maybe but during peak tourist season, hotel prices here are rocket high. There is only one hotel here that I have stayed in, details I have mentioned below.

Hotel Glacier Heights
Address: Main Market, Sonamarg
Phone: 094199 03357
Review: This hotel is quite good and compared to the prices of other hotels in this area, I would recommend a stay here any day.

If you are on a budget trip, The best place to stay at Sonamarg is the JKTDC tourist bungalow. While you are at Sonamarg, just ask around and anyone can point you in the right direction.

J&K Tourism (JKTDC) Huts and Cottages
Phone: 0194 2457929 / 2472644
Email: [email protected]Jktdc.Co.In

Sonamarg Camping

There are a few camping sites at Sonamarg of which Mountain Greens Camping is quite good. It is located a little after Hotel Akbar. After crossing Sonamarg, there is another one called Paradise Camping resort. Please note that prices for both these camp sites is around Rs. 3000 – Rs. 4000 per person, including meals.

Hotels in Drass

After Sonamarg, next major town en route is Drass. If you just need a room to stop for the night within budget and have no preference of a hotel, then Drass can be the place to stay. Right at the main market, there are a few restaurants that also have rooms available on first floor. Rent of these rooms can be as low as Rs. 300 to Rs. 500. This is the cheapest accommodation between Srinagar and Leh. I stayed here once and we paid Rs. 500 for a room and dinner + breakfast for two people.

There is a J&K Government run guest house at Drass which is quite nice and low priced. If you are looking for a decent accommodation within budget, you should try staying at this guest house. The contact number there is 01985-274014 / 232328 in case you would like to call in and book in advance.

Hotels in Kargil

Kargil is the preferred stop for most of the people traveling from Srinagar to Leh. Reason being that it is the midpoint of the highway; both Srinagar and Leh are at equal distances from here. There are several hotels at Kargil however finding one under Rs. 1000 – Rs. 1500 could be a problem. Mentioned below are a few recommended ones.

Hotel Siachen
Phone: 01985 232 221
Tariff: Rs. 2000 – Rs. 2500

Hotel D Zojila
Phone: 099712 53990
Tariff: Rs. 2000 – Rs. 2500

Hotel Caravan Sarai
Phone: 01985 232278
Tariff: Rs. 1000 to Rs. 2500

Hotel Continental
Tariff: 01985 232300
Tariff: Rs. 800 to Rs. 1000

Apart from hotels there are a few guest houses in Kargil which offers room between Rs. 800 – Rs. 1000.

Your best bet at Kargil as well is the JKTDC tourism bungalow. For Rs. 400 – Rs. 500, you will get a room that other hotels charge Rs. 2000 for; totally worth it. Since Kargil is a major stopover, availability of room can however be of questions. Phone number for this bungalow is 01985 – 232328. If would be wise to call and book in advance.

If you do not find a place within your budget at Kargil, then continue a little ahead to Lamayuru.

Hotels in Lamayuru

A little ahead of Kargil towards Leh is the small town of Lamayuru, famous for the monastery and grand Buddha Statue located here. If you want to stay at Lamayuru, there are a few budget hotels here.

Hotel Moonland
Phone: 094198 88508
Tariff: Rs. 2800 to Rs.3500

Dragon Hotel & Guest House
Phone: 094692 94037
Tariff: Rs. 750 to Rs.1000

Hotel Niranjana
Phone: 01982 224 555
Tariff: Rs. 500 to Rs. 1500

Hotel Lion’s Den
Phone: 01982-224542 / 9419321296
Tariff: Rs. 500 to Rs. 1500

Hotels in Mulbekh

Another great place to find budget accommodation is the small village of Mulbekh. Below is a list of some good hotels here with contact information.

Karzoo Guest House
Phone: 01985 270027
Tariff: Rs.500 to Rs. 1000

Maitreya Guest House
Phone: 01985 270035
Tariff: Rs.500 to Rs. 1000

Otosnang Guest House
Phone: 01985 270028
Tariff: Rs.500 to Rs. 1000

Paradise Hotel & Restaurant
Phone: 01985 270010
Tariff: Rs.500 to Rs. 1000

Hotels in Leh

I have written an entirely different article for some recommended hotels in Leh. Please read Good Budget Hotels in Leh with Tariff

I hope this information on guest houses and hotels on Srinagar Leh highway was helpful. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below or at our community forum and I will be gad to answer. Also, if you have stayed at any other hotel while traveling from Srinagar to Leh; please do share a good or bad feedback based on your experience.

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Shubham Deshmukh August 5, 2020 - 10:46 pm

Hello sir, I am planning to visit Ladakh Post Covid 19 Pandemic with my girlfriend as my pillion. As you know some hotels don’t allow unmarried couples to stay due to their hotel policies, is it possible to get a stay in Kargil, Leh, Turtuk/Tyakshi, Karu?
Regards.

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Vargis.Khan August 6, 2020 - 4:04 pm

There is no such rule Shubham. You can stay anywhere you like.

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muhammad umar April 19, 2020 - 9:39 pm

Hi Vargis planning for chandigarh-Srinagar -Leh-Manali-chandigarh via personal bike(mumbai to chandigarh via train)
is Srinagar leh Route opened for 2020 session?

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Sanjay April 30, 2019 - 6:34 am

Hi Vargis
I appreciate ur effort of educating first time visitors to J&K region. We too are planning mid June this year . Can you please suggest / advise how many days to be planned for a comfortable [No Hurry burry] visit to Srinagar & from there to Leh & Back to Srinagar [by a private Taxi].

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Sandipan Mondal April 1, 2019 - 2:59 pm

Hi Mr khan…..I’m planning a tour to leh-ladakh in mid May. Is it possible to reach there on bike from West Bengal at this time?

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Vargis.Khan April 1, 2019 - 5:39 pm

Hello Mr. Mondal – Yes it is possible

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Debolina February 3, 2019 - 10:54 am

We r planing for katra after that we r planing for leh ladhak in end of july?? As we r 2 in number can u sugesst me the cheapest and budget friendly tour so that we can plan accordingly to that.. we have 8days in our hand..

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Arup Dey July 25, 2018 - 10:08 am

Hi Vargis,
Hope you are doing well.

I need your help to plan my next solo trip in Leh. I will be in Leh on 22 Sep 2018 morning. and I want to reach Manali by 5 Oct 2018.

As I am solo traveler, i would like to avail public/share transport as much as possible and home-stay or cheap hotel for stay.

I want to include Drass and Kargil in my trip.

Looking for your valuable input.

Thanks,
Arup.

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Vargis.Khan July 25, 2018 - 12:46 pm

Hi Arup – Let me know what you question is and I will be happy to help.

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Arup Dey July 27, 2018 - 4:46 am

1st time I am planing to Leh-Ladakh (Solo trip). I have 14-15 days [22 Sep – 5 Oct]. on 22 Sep I will be in Leh.
How can I plan my 14 days in Leh-Ladakh. I want to include Drass and Kargil
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Gaurav July 6, 2018 - 7:36 pm

Hello sir
It’s possible we going Leh to nubrra valley or pangong on bike ??

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Vargis.Khan July 7, 2018 - 12:42 am

Yes it definitely is

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Gaurav July 5, 2018 - 10:47 am

Hello sir
Leh to nubrra valley or Leh to pangong tso going on bike is safe or not ?? Which bike is best or cheapest for these two destination pls help me sir

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Vargis.Khan July 5, 2018 - 2:00 pm

Safe or not depends on how good your riding skills are Gaurav. If you are traveling solo then you can chose any bike per your liking.

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Gaurav June 21, 2018 - 5:23 pm

I planning to go Leh in July midd in my own Alto car it is safe or possible?.we are 3 person . We going Srinagar to Kargil nd stay night in kargil .next day we stay night in lamayuru nd next day we reach Leh Ladakh. Please tell me the best budget hotels in Leh nd nubbra valley.

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Vargis.Khan June 21, 2018 - 8:17 pm

If you mean whether or not an Alto car can go there then the answer is it depends on how good you are at the wheel. Low GC will be the biggest problem but it can be done as long as you are traveling light. For hotels in Leh and Nubra, see the articles below.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/good-budget-hotels-in-leh-with-tariff/

https://vargiskhan.com/log/accommodation-nubra-valley/

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Gaurav June 22, 2018 - 5:19 pm

Thnku for this helpful information sir.
One more question I ask sir can u tell me if I going Srinagar to Leh in Alto we face any problem because of bad road ??? I mean some places the roads of highway is muddy nd difficult can Alto survived this roads??? Can we complete the journey safely ??

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Vargis.Khan June 22, 2018 - 6:38 pm

You will definitely face a bit of problem at Zojila Pass. The low ground clearance of the vehicle will pose a great challenge. Travel as light as you can and if required, ask your fellow passengers to get off the car as you drive through slush and muddy areas.

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Gaurav June 27, 2018 - 4:16 pm

Thnku sir

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Vargis.Khan June 27, 2018 - 4:31 pm

You are welcome brother !!!

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madan mani April 20, 2018 - 8:49 pm

Planning from Delhi to srinagar-leh starting April 30th while 7 of family member going Delhi coming from Chennai and 2 from Delhi verges sir can u guide us for travel planning

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Vargis.Khan April 22, 2018 - 6:09 am

Let me know what help you need Madan Bhai

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Sanjana Dutta September 23, 2017 - 2:25 am

We are planned to go the Srinagar leh tour in last of coming April. We r 2 people. We prefer to share taxi with other tourists. After reaching leh, how we book or share taxi for pangong , tsomorriri or nubra valley. ?????

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Vargis.Khan September 28, 2017 - 3:50 pm

Shared taxi may be a little tough to find since you are going right when Ladakh opens. You will have to go to Ladakh bus stand and find shared taxis there. Bus service will definitely not be available so shared taxi will be your only option.

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ASHOKESH BISWAS October 25, 2017 - 9:50 am

I have planned to visit LEH LADAK in the Month of May 2018. My Tour Itinerary is as follows. We are 3 in numbers. Kindly suggest, if Tour Itinerary is not perfect. If share transportation will be available.

LEH LADAK Tour Itinerary:

29.05.2018 to 30.05.2018: Srinagar – Kargil – Leh via Batalik, (2 Days – 29.05.2017 Night Stay Kargil & 30.05.2018 Night Stay LEH )

Kargil to Leh enroute visit Basgo, Likir, Alchi, Rezeong Uletokeo, Lamayuru, Leh

31.05.2018: Leh Local Sight Seeing (31.05.2018 Night Stay LEH)

Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Sankar Gompa, Sangam, Hall Of Fame, Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill and Indus, Spituk Kali Mandir

01.06.2018 to 03.06.2018: Leh – Hunder – Pangong – Leh (3 days – 01.06.2018 Night Stay Hunder, 02.06.2018 Night Stay Pangaong Lake, 03.06.2018 Night Stay LEH)

Khardungla – Diskit – Hunder – Sumoor – Panamik – Pangong lake via Warila, Enroute visit 3 Idiot School, Sindhu Ghaat, Shey, Thiksey, Hemis, Stok)

04.06.2018: LEH

Shey, 3 Idiot School – Sindhu Ghaat, Thiksey, Hemis, Stok

05.06.2018 to 08.06.2018: Leh – Chumthang – Tso Moriri – Pang – Jispa / Keylong – Manali (4 Days – 05.06.2018 Night Stay Tso Moriri, 06.06.2018 Night Stay Pang, 07.06.2018 – Night Stay Keylong, 08.08.2018 Night Stay Manali )

Leh – Chumathang – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring – Moore Plains – Pang – Sarchu – Jispa / Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali

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Vargis.Khan October 29, 2017 - 10:42 pm

Your plan looks ok except for,

1. You will have to add one more day if you want to cover Batalik as well. Permits would have to be arranged at Kargil and if they told you no, then you will have no choice but to go to Leh and get the permits there.

2. The direct route between Nubra and Pangong may not be open that early in the season

3. There is no shared transportation available between Nubra to Pangong direct route.

4. To be honest, if you want to cover all the places that you mentioned on the way, it will be a bit tough using public or shared transport.

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