While driving through the rugged terrain of ladakh, days are usually spent on the road and visiting various sites .. If you end the day in a lovely property in a beautiful location it enhances the overall experience of road trip many fold .. Based on our regular visits to the region, we have handpicked the best hotels in Ladakh to enhance your overall road trip experience.
Lets begin from Srinagar
Srinagar is a populated town but has a character, if you are a non veg food lover then you must spend a night here .. Go to khyaam chock and enjoy Coal fired kebabs which are so popular with the locals ..
Best Hotels in Srinagar
Dar – Es – Salaam
A beautiful lake ( Nageen Lake ) facing boutique hotel run by the Khurram family. The interiors of the hotels are very well designed and will give you an authentic Kashmiri Experience. You will be looked after and you can also enjoy the shikara ride directly from the hotel. Once you are inside the hotel premises, you will enjoy serenity by the lake side and unmatched hospitality ..
New York House Boat
Is staying in a house boat is on your mind because it offers something unique. Sitting on the deck watching the sun rays glisten the lake water Or enjoying the serenity of the setting sun is a magical experience. Our recommendation is the beautifully designed New York Houseboat on Nageen Lake with absolutely classy interiors ..
While Srinagar has its charm but if you are a nature lover then just simply head to Sonamarg for the night halt.
Villa Himalaya, Sonamarg
The only boutique hotel which is right on the river roughly 12 kms before Sonamarg in a quaint village of Kulan. This is certainly the best hotel in Sonamarg and comes highly recommended for its location and food. The 3 rooms face the river with a lawn in front. You must choose these rooms over other. The soothing sound of the river is like a symphony taking your experience to another level.
Your next halt on the road trip to Ladakh is Kargil
While Zojilla Residency has been our trusted partner for over 4 years now, it provides good service and clean rooms to our guest but it certainly lacks style ..
A new property Hotel Chutuk heights have started operations from 2017 and we are excited about it. The location is brilliant, slightly away from the main town towards Zanskar so it is very peaceful and serene. It is now our recommended hotel in Kargil for discerning traveller. Right on the banks of Suru River, situated a short drive away from the main Kargil town, it offers beautiful views of the surrounding region .. Rooms and food are also top quality ..
Your next halt after Kargil is Leh.
Ladakh Sarai, Leh
The best property in Leh is back with a bang, totally remade, more luxurious, premium fixtures and furniture, better style and of course more expensive then the previous avataar. Ladakh Sarai was always famous for its service before and since the owner is the same Rigzen, we have no doubt it will offer great service to the guests.
Saboo Resort, Leh
Another favourite of ours, excellent personalised service and great location in Saboo Village. Perfect for nature lovers. Independent cottages ( infact all are suites with 2 rooms ) Rooms are big and spacious and almost all cottages have a sit out deck to enjoy the surroundings .. Take a walk around in the village for a unique experience in Leh ..
Grand Dragon, Leh
For people looking for Luxurious hotel, there is no better option then this. Open all year round, provides comfort like a a modern city hotel. The only thing we don’t like is its lack of space .. Its one large building with limited open space.
Grand Dragon comes highly recommended for its food. So even if you are not staying here. enjoy at least one meal in the main restaurant of the hotel
Camping experience is a must on your trip to Ladakh
Desert Himalaya Resort, Diskit
Unmatched location , quality interiors and dining experience to match. Can’t expect more from a Camp
Pangong Hermitage, Mann ( Pangong Lake )
Starting 2017, enjoy luxury amidst the shore of most beautiful lake in the world @15,000 ft. Fully heated, luxurious camp. To provide the kind of facilities it offers in his hostile terrain is unmatched and takes lot of planning and effort.
Eight of us from Sri Lanka got Sunil to arrange a self driven tour to Leh and we are very happy with our decision. He was punctual, trustworthy and met our expectations. The service provided was very professional. As foreigners it’s hard to arrange such a tour by ourselves and Unwind outdoor filled in the gap perfectly. All places we stayed were nice and decent. Should specifically mention about the two Scopios which we instantly fell in love with. They were very well maintained. Unfortunately we were not issued permits for Nubra and Pangong by the Leh government but Sunil came up with an alternative on time. We are very happy and satisfied and we highly recommend Unwind outdoor, specifically for foreigners. We will definitely use their services for our future adventures in India.
Well organised tour. The accommodation selected was to our satisfaction. Road guide given with food places was quite useful.
We did a SUV self drive trip from Chandigarh to Ladakh and back organized by Unwind Outdoor. Highly recommend Unwind Outdoor as Sunil and Manpreet took care of everything we needed (car, hotel bookings, sightseeing and food recommendations, permits) and everything was organized seamlessly. Sunil was very patient with all our queries, giving suggestions and options to suit our preferences. It was our first time doing such a drive and it was a great comfort to have the team's support in full and them taking care of everything for this awesome trip.
It had been over a year that we were planning for our dream trip. More than logistics it was to get 4 like minded people to endure the 14 day long trip away from family on an adventure of a lifetime – risks involved, we needed these people to be with each other in bad times. We trusted the lead trip organiser and went ahead with the allocated head count. After days of research, we finally came across a facebook page called ‘Unwind Outdoors’. It seemed like our dream was going to be finally true. Very reasonably priced and Sunil from Unwind was like a know-it-all person. The itinerary was so crisp and so very well laid out that there was no reason for us to worry other than coping up with nature’s fury. The route was so very well laid down that we got our anxieties out of the mind. The daily plan was chalked out in a way that we get enough time to spend on roads- driving and taking photos and at the same time we were reaching destination well in time to enjoy it. Then came the big question – if it were to be in a self-drive vehicle, which one would take us through the most difficult terrains? The Fortuner 4x4 it was! Solid as a rock on bad roads that it took us through where there were no roads at all. The vehicle was very well maintained and did not budge other than the smaller issues of punctures that we were anyways expecting. Finally, the accommodations provided were top notch based on the options available. The smaller Dhabas for our pitstops were also indicated which was a great portrayal of dedication and professionalism to the cause – We have never seen or experienced such a meticulous tour organiser. All in all it was a great trip and our humble regards to Sunil, Manpreet and the team Unwind for making this dream trip happen. For anyone planning to take this trip up, we highly recommend a 5 star rating for the services and the overall support provided.
We booked for a Scorpio on a 8 day trip from Srinagar to Chandigarh via Kargil, Leh, Nubra, Pangong, Jispa and Manali. The hotels booked by Sunil and Manpreet were amazing and had great hospitalilty. We reached a few hotels late at night and even then they served dinner for us, loved the hospitality. On the way to Tso Kar the suspension of the car broke and we had to return to Leh to get it fixed. Sunil was extremely helpful and made immediate hotel booking for us at Leh for the night and shifted the following bookings. We had a really breathtaking experience, thanks to Sunil and Manpreet. I highly recommend Unwind Outdoor.
amazing amazing travel partner I had till now ,100% cooperation since beginning planning till coming back ,continuous in touch at every destination and must say very very sweet lady manpreet havent seen her face and dont know weather older than me or young ,if old than manpreet ji thank u so much for everything , all properties which sunilbhai gave us all superb and excellent property was glass house would love to go again and again ,also car and driver was so good in our entire trip .thank u I recommend unwind outdoor for everyone just trust these peoole
Fantastic planning by Sunil and Manpreet. Right from airport pick up ( choice of driver - Pandey ) to airport drop, everything was meticulous and detailed. The hotels and resorts that we stayed at were just perfect with very comfortable rooms, great food and hospitality, and spectacular views. We stayed at the Amber Vermont ( Mussurie ), The Terraces ( Kanatal ), Namani Ganges and the Glass house in Rishikesh. All in all a great holiday thanks to Unwind Outdoor. Some photos from our trip (10th to 15th April 2019 ) are attached. Annoottam Ghosh
Thank you for a wonderful trip unwind outdoors, especially Sunil Kapoor n team..considering traveling with 5 month and a 3 yr old it was definitely well planned! Even the food places suggested were great! Thanks again for the memorable experience guys!!
Family Trekking Trip can never be so adventurous but equally comfortable, without Unwind Outdoors. Planning a trek with a 10 year old daughter was not easy, if it was not planned the way Unwind Outdoors did it for us !! All managed well... right from Dehradun airport - Sursingdhar - Barsu - Trek to Barnala - Trek to Dayara Bugyal - Harsil - Gangotri - final actual unwind at Mussoorie - Dehradun Airport !! Nothing to complaint - be it self driven car - on the go support by Manpreet - Delicious simple food - Stay - Route details ! All perfectly planned by Sunil Kapoor ! This was my 3rd experience with Unwind Outdoors and look forward to many more ! Thank you Sunil Kapoor and team - Manpreet - Nareshji - and everyone else for all the efforts ! We know this is your work but can see the passion in your work.! All the above said comes with a Price... worth paying !!
We just returned from a first ever visit to udaipur, city of palaces. Unwind Outdoor helped plan and book this fun vacation for us. Hotel Fatehgarh sitting on top of a hill offering mesmerizing views was the Highlight. We loved the quaint ambience of this palace hotel; breakfast buffet filled with melodious bansuri, sumptuous dinner offering lighted city views of lake Pichola and courteous staff. We highly recommend it. Our itinerary was meticulously planned and executed. Unwind took care of arranging transportation and sightseeing. Boat and recommended restaurant reservations were made in advance and followed up each day to accommodate changes. Sightseeing highlights were the City palace and Jain temple in Ranakpur. We also took the boat ride to Jagmandir and walked around badi lake. On recommendation of our local driver, we stopped at a street stall to enjoy an appetizing and apparently very famous lemon tea. This spiced tea tasted yummy and felt medicinal. Thank you Unwind Outdoor for making this trip a memorable vacation.
Thank you Sunil and Manpreet for such an awesome experience of Rajasthan..It was a 7 day long road trip with Self drive car and we had absolutely no issues during the whole trip. The car was perfect, the stays a perfect mixture of Experience and Luxury, the secluded spots advised by Manpreet were really beautiful and unexplored. If you want to avoid the monotonous places to see with lots of crowd and want to experience the real Rajasthan then Sunil is the person for you. Thank you so much!! Will surely plan another destination with you guys again..
Thanks Sunil for arranging a wonderful trip. Everything went well and we were in good hands with friendly and competent drivers. Accommodation was good and tents were comfortable beyond our expectations. We didn't have problem with food choices. It was a totally rejuvenating vacation and experience for us. Thanks from us in Singapore!
We had an amazing 9-day from Manali to Leh. Serene, breathless and picturesque. High altitude sickness was a big issue for us but we were in good hands. Unwind Outdoor was superb in arranging and coordinating the trip. Taking care of all arrangements and checking-in on us. Kudos to Sunil and his team.
Just done with 18 days bike trip with unwind outdoor ... wat i can say about the arrangement made by mr.sunil ... its just truely amazing and wonderful ... the guides and the Accommodation provided was really great .... mr sunil really showed his professionalism when he all the way keep in touch with alot of ideas and tips for us along our rides .... Unwind Outdoor is surely a name u would not regret choosing for any of our trip plan ....
Few things command more respect than dedication, integrity and ability to follow through. These were few things among many that we experienced in our journey to Leh-Ladakh. It's not easy to travel for a fortnight without exhaustion taking a toll on your body but surprisingly the arrangements made by Unwind outdoor made us feel that it ended too soon. Every hotel and tent booked were excellent and refreshed us for the next day. When my group started this journey, we knew this was a one time deal and had certain expectations but i am pleased to say that our experience was way above what we thought possible. We did encounter some difficulties as every trip does at some point or another but needless to say Sunil and his team took care of it. Selecting a travel agency is tiresome but i cannot recommend this agency enough and i will be doing the same no matter how many times i visit.
Dear Mr. Sunil Kapur, Thank you very much to you and your team for arranging this fantastic tour. One of the best pick from this tour was your meticulous planning and promptness of service. All arrangements were fantastic, be it a delivery of vehicle at Chandigarh airport, hotels particularly at Chandigarh, Leh, Nubra, Pangong. However the best was at Jispa, Kargil and Srinagar for different reasons. Jispa was simple but authentic with very tasty food. Location of property at Kargil was outstanding with very clean and well furnished rooms. And Hospitality of Mr. Shamim at Srinagar won our hearts in addition to quality of their property. Travel from Jispa to Leh was breathtaking with Himalaya showing us variety of rocks in different colours and sheds. It was strong and rustic. Later on seemed wear a lush green gown of all bright coloured ornaments. Transforming the Himalaya into a Romantic heroism. In contrast experience to war memorial at Kargil was heart wrenching. Making you humble to feel “मुझे तोड लेना, वनमाली, उस पथ में देना तुम फेंक, मातृभूमि पर शीश चढाने, जिस पथ जाएॅ वीर अनेक!” Assurance given by Naresh, your person who gave vehicle at Chandigarh, on behalf of Unwind Outdoors for getting any type of help at any place during the tour boosted our confidence. The best part was the way each of your associates respect you, speaks volume about your genuineness and professionalism. We wish to thank you once again for the services provided and also wish all the best to you and your team!
We are back to our busy life but thank you so much for arranging this wonderful flawless trip for us. We were not sure what to expect from this trip but everything was just perfect , hotels /tents/ vehicles/Permits everything, we were not bothered about anything, Unwind took care of everything.All the information provided by unwind was very useful, appreciate their prompt response whenever contacted. Waiting for our next trip, hope it comes soon and needless to say will contact unwind either for another Ladakh or Spiti trip. Wish you all the best !! hope you provide packages for other exotic places as well!
We are back to our busy life and we want to say thank you for such an amazing trip. All the arrangements including tents, meals and tour guides were awesome. We had a very good time there. And we’d like to share some beautiful moments with you. Once again, thank you for organizing everything professionally. Best regards, Team Natasha Enterprises.
Sunil had planned a self driven trip for us from Delhi to Leh in June 2017. It was very well planned and was perfect!! Sunil had multiple discussions with us to understand what our interests are and changed the itinerary accordingly. We had a great time and made some nice memories. Definitely looking forward for my next trip with Unwind outdoor.
We had a self drive from Delhi to Spiti Valley in August 2017...and it was an amazing experience. Special thanks to Unwind and Sunil for making this happened. All the arrangements including Car and Hotels were superb. Also the instruction call by Sunil just before the tour was very much helpful. Looking forward for the next trip with Unwind....
We had the most wonderful time on our trip and we have you to thank for that. You really made this leh ladakh self drive road trip, it’s sights and history, come alive and be very meaningful for each of us. We really enjoyed every moment, even when there were tensions in J&K. 🙂 We appreciate your knowledge, expertise, kindness and sense of humor. The arrangements made from your end were extremely perfect and in timely manner. This trip has become a life time memory for us. We all friends are thankful to you.
We did a road trip in June 2017 covering Delhi- Srinagar-Kargil-Leh- Nubra- Pangong- tso moriri-Sarchu-Manali-Narkanda-Sangla-Delhi, completely planned and organized by Sunil. With Amazing stays and a great vehicle we completed the trip with mesmerising memories and Awe by the Nature. We shall definitely return to Unwind outdoor for more trips in future.
My family and I vacationed in Ladakh with Unwind Outdoor in May 2017. It was a magical experience. Sunil's arrangements were excellent and the memories will last for a lifetime. We flew to Leh and visited Nubra , TsoMoriri and Pangong. Firstly, the driver for our trip, Namgyal was super. Very safe and totally professional. The accommodation organized in Leh, Pangong , Nubra and TsoMoriri was very good - with exceptional service and often very good food. Also, Sunil prepared us well for potential altitude sickness. Of course, Ladakh itself is pristine and not overly commercialized yet. We have traveled on vacations across the globe and this trip was undoubtedly one of the best . Thanks to Unwind Outdoors for facilitating this
Unwind Outdoor has helped us to realize our dream !! Like anybody we were little skeptical in the beginning with the whole Leh ladakh plan but Sunil ensured it to be as perfect as it could be. It was a 12 Day road trip from Delh to Delhi( via Manali-Jispa-Leh-Nubra Valley-Pangong tso- leh-tsomoriri-sarchu- manali- chandigarh) on Scorpio 4X4 S4+. The itinerary which he provided had all the required information including the journey time, places to eat and visit . Also the vehicle was in very good condition. Sunil was constantly in touch with us and made sure that we have comfortable & memorable trip. Looking forward to have another road-trip next year with Unwind Outdoor. 🙂
Sunil, after I ran 21k Marathon I bragged about it for years. The same is being repeated again, with my ambition to drive across the Himalayas, which was almost faded with Srinagar under curfew. You and Chetan were the spark to our fire that we could do this drive and without a single trouble. Driving is a passion but driving thru places where there are no roads is trouble, but your breakup of program and awesome car condition helped us actually sail thru. Three cheers and five stars.