I had a great stay at the Snow Lion last month (Aug 2013). I was travelling solo on a shoestring budget, and I couldn't have made a better choice. Usually, I travel using local transport wherever I go, but local transport being as it were in Kaza/Spiti (only real option is to hire cabs to move around, and that's expensive, esp for a backpacker), Tsering (enough good things have been said here about him by other reviewers, yet he deserves a special mention, and not just because of the warmth and good vibes he exudes) and Ravi, who was looking after Snow Lion helped me hook up with other travelers and thus share costs, make bookings and give general travel advice, all of which was extremely helpful. The food was lovely. After my first day, I never had to ask for 2 consecutive cups of tea. If I asked for tea, they got two cups ready, knowing my habit! On the last day of my stay, I went over to Sakhya Abode, their other property, for Dinner which as it turned out, was on the house! :) And I wouldn't believe anyone who would say that it was because I agreed to carry a letter for them to Manali!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is a wonderful two-storied hotel that has 14 spacious double rooms, with ensuite baths. All rooms have a private balcony that offers a stunning view of the village and the spectacular Sakya Monastery. You can spend hours here, simply watching the village life unfold. Many of our guests comment on how wonderful they feel just seeing the Monastery at different times of the day, from the privacy of their balconies. There is a small restaurant that serves delicious and fresh meals. While you are waiting for your food, you can read one of our books or have a look at our special fossil collection, lovingly curated in one corner here. We have a range of them including some really rare ammonites from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. There is a small roof that can be made accessible, if you wish to do some stargazing. We can set up some tea and seating for you at night. Here, you can sit under the most breathtaking sky in the world, spotting numerous galaxies and making wishes on the countless shooting stars that will cross the star spangled sky. The hotel has a doctor-on-call, and taxis can be arranged with some prior notice. You can also rent one of our mountain bikes, to explore the great Spitian outdoors. The Travel Desk will be happy to provide tips and info on Spiti. Should you have any other requirements, please feel free to speak to our friendly staff, which will do their best to help you. Meditation and inner wellness retreats can be arranged upon prior booking. Or you can book one of our specialized travel itineraries. ... more less