Hotel Kidar at Leh: formerly Kidar Guest House : Tukcha area


Time Passer
We chose the Kidar Hotel at random on our recent last minute, unplanned visit to Ladakh. It was one of the best hotel stays we have ever had.

I got the phone no. from the Tripadvisor listing but had no time to peruse the reviews. Jigmet the proprietor answered the phone, offering us a reasonable room rate including breakfast. He sounded very pleasant and genuine on the phone, and that was exactly what he turned out to be.

A taxi arranged by the hotel at actual cost, was waiting for us at Leh Airport. A short drive later brought us to the Kidar where we were warmly welcomed by young Jigmet who along with his parents, runs the hotel.

This was formerly the Kidar Guest House but with the addition of some extra rooms, it is now a Hotel, with a pleasing typical Ladakhi style facade.

Our room on the top floor was warmly furnished, bright and airy with full length windows on two sides, wood flooring, an inviting balcony and a large TV. The bathroom was spacious and modern with plenty of hot water.

We had a fabulous view of the snow clad Stok Kangri range from our room ..... one could spend hours just looking at those mountains which we certainly did in the first two days while acclimatising. On a separate note, I cannot stress enough the necessity to acclimatise to avoid acute symptoms of altitude sickness (AMS) when coming from the plains to extra high elevations such as Leh.

The hotel is in a quiet lane in the Tukcha area, just opposite the Mansarovar Hotel and a mere 10-15min walk from the main market area. The small bylanes behind the hotel make for pleasant walks.

The family was very friendly and helpful, making us feel very much at home. Because of this, we ended up staying seven nights at the Kidar Hotel itself during our eleven day Ladakh trip. Small touches such as Jigmet personally bringing a heater for us during dinner in the freezing cold evening, made all the difference.

Meals here are home style and tasty, and the staff will endeavour to make whatever you like if you give them adequate notice. Breakfast parathas were delicious and we enjoyed them while basking in the morning sun on the lawns. A crew of pleasant young Nepali men adeptly handle the kitchen, housekeeping and other chores. They were happy to cook fresh greens for us which we got from the market, and on one day, Jigmet arranged for us to enjoy a special Ladakhi 'skew' soup from his own house.

Wifi is available free of charge. The hotel grows their own vegetables in a large patch next to the lawn with the entire family engaged in sowing operations in their spare time. In season, it would be a delight to enjoy home grown produce.

Overall, it was an exceptionally good stay and we are already contemplating another visit in the not so distant future.

I would wholeheartedly recommend the Kidar Hotel for a comfortable homely stay with genuinely warm service at reasonable rates.

Tel: 096 22 963234