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Hotel Shambhala
Ranked #32 of 74 Hotels in Leh
Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Excellent Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

It is little away from the main city, very beautiful, peaceful and home away from home. Food is excellent and service is very good. The couple who owns this stunning place make you feel very special and give personal touch. I loved the place.

Room Tip: All the rooms are facing a big lawn full of greenery and beautiful flowers.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013

Facing south onto a beautiful flowery garden with chairs, tables and hammocks, nice big rooms, heating, hot water, and plenty of good food, this is a family owned hotel. The hotel itself is lovely, but the management and staff make the experience special. They are kind and friendly and very helpful, really good people. The hotel is about 25 mins walk from the centre, but the staff drop you off at the centre for free on demands. The less central location is peaceful and away from the traffic and hassle of the centre.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Travelers Rest, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2013

Family owned with wonderful, local ambiance. Safe, quiet, lots of fresh air, good wi-fi, and wholesome and delicious food. The management can provide very helpful advice on access to health care, tours and guides, shopping, etc. We stayed at Hotel Shambhala for 10 nights. Our memories of Hotel Shambhala will always be a warm part of wonderful memories of Ladakh!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lund, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

Some of the most helpful, polite and serviceminded staff I've met in all of India of the odd 30-some hotels I've visited. The location is a little off, but perfect for getting away from the bustling city streets. The staff will arrange to drop you off in the city center for free with just a few minutes notice.

Room Tip: We actually preferred the cheaper standard room to the more expensive superior room which we stayed...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Vadodara, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2013 via mobile

Hotel Shambha-La, Leh, Ladakh.

In Brief:-

For:
Pleasant ambience, with nice garden.
Quiet location.
Wifi available.
Comfortable beds, slightly hard.
Reasonable price.
Off-road parking.
Good service in rooms.
TV channels include some English news channels.

Against:
Dirty carpets in room.
Old and tatty bathrooms (but reasonably clean).
Poor restaurant food and service.
Poor connectivity with wifi and limited to the reception area.
Noisy toilet plumbing.

This place we found on recommendation from a fellow traveller. It is not in the centre of town and is near to some an old fort now used as a military base so the area is lean and tidy as usual for military cantonments in India.

The hotel itself is self contained in a "L" shape with a grassed area with large Poplar trees. Very comfortable hammocks and some chairs and tables provide a pleasant outside seating.

The hotel has a slightly tatty feeling and the bathrooms looked like they needed updating but everything worked and it was somewhat clean. The only thing I didn't like was the carpet in the room. Some previous guest had been eating some food and dropped a few grains of rice on the carpet. Very unpleasant to walk on in bare feet.

There was plenty of hot water. The toilet made some comical noises which on reflection I wish I had recorded as it was so funny! However it did flush sufficiently well and was clean so no big deal.

The owner/manager keeps a good eye on what is going on and was a good host. We found the wifi worked in the lobby but didn't really reach the garden very well and not in the dining room or rooms. Definitely needs some wifi network repeaters. Despite this we did get some connectivity which is better than most places we had stayed. Ladakh is notorious for poor connectivity.

The food was ok but the service was a little comical. Lots of misunderstanding due to poor understanding of English with the restaurant staff. One of the staff is a smoker and wherever he goes he leaves a smell of stale smoke which is pretty unpleasant. However apart from that the staff were very attentive and welcoming. Definitely one of better places to stay. The price was reasonable.

Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Coimbatore, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2013

A quaint, old fashioned hotel where there are no glitzy paintings but priceless Ladakhi wall paintings, where the view from your window is a snow-covered Ladakh range, Russian poplars, women tilling and preparing the land for the inhouse garden come summer, where there is no air-conditioned covered lobby, but a beautiful lawn full of wooden & string chairs, hammocks, bonfire...Shambhala is the best way to experience Ladakh..The staff are initially hesitant but once you open up you can see why you made the right choice, service is prompt and always with a smile..The manager Mr. Wangchuk & his support staff try their best to make you want to stay at Shambhala a bit longer..The rooms are cozy, central heating works & hot water comes through your tap..the food is homely, low oil, less spices and blends well with the the high altitude weather..the owner Stanzing, in the first season on his own as we learnt, is always ready to suggest places to visit, offering the ca\taxir for visits to markets and recommending shops for discounted purchases of pashmina & curios..one more reason why Leh beckons me next year..

Room Tip: Select the Superior\Deluxe rooms on the upper storey or the best one, the Suite..for an unhindered a...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2013

We were a group of 50 and occupied the entire hotel.
What I really liked about the place is that it felt like home. The lawns were well maintained and had hammocks and chairs to laze around. The reception area, common areas are cozy n warm with cane chairs n sofas.we enjoyed d evenings playing cards, antakshari, etc. The owners also arranged for bonfire and music with complimentary snacks and drinks.
The food was homely, simple, tasty and piping hot always. There were a variety of dishes served across our stay.
The rooms were simple and had all the requirements of comfortable stay.
I enjoyed my stay at Shambhala....thanks to all the hotel staff and Stan for making our stay at Leh a memorable one....

  • Stayed May 2013
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Property: Hotel Shambhala
Address: Skara, Leh 194101, India
Region: India > Jammu and Kashmir > Ladakh > Leh
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 74 Hotels in Leh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Shambhala 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Shambhala provides a most conducive spot for you to take a break from your busy days and enjoy your holiday in Ladakh. The city center is merely 1.5 km away and the airport can be reached within 10 minutes. A haven of rest and relaxation, the hotel will offer total just minutes away from the city's numerous attractions.At The Shambhala, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides all the modern amenities like satellite/cable TV, ironing facilities, television, internet access – wireless (complimentary),business centre,STD/ISD,Intercom service,etc ... more   less 
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Hotel Shambhala Leh, Ladakh

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