I went with my family over the end of July to the beginning of August - delicious food, friendly and welcoming owners, and an absolutely beautiful location. Nico and Mary were incredibly helpful and accomodating, especially as we had to change our timings a lot! My father got rather severe altitude sickness over the course of our stay, and everyone at Indus River Camp was incredibly helpful and supportive with navigating getting him help. An incredible experience, with friendly staff and guests, comfortable rooms, and above all an absolutely gorgeous location - near enough Leh to be able to explore there, but you really feel separate and with incredible views of the mountains.
We couldn't have asked for a more comfortable place to stay in, better food, friendlier hosts. Nico would always take the time to share his knowledge of Ladakh, suggest where you should go, or tell you why you shouldn't. He also offered us a team of excellent cab drivers. As chef, Mary saw to it that you had ample, good food to eat and gave us tips on local ingredients. I loved the evening bonfire and star gazing, and truly appreciated the attempt to be subtle, have a small carbon footprint in an ecologically fragile area. I had the impression that Mary and Nico love and respect the environment in which they live and work and that rubs off on you. Thank you both for a wonderful time!
My apologies for the late review. Nico, Mary, and Zigmet, you guys are gems who make the pretty place a home away from home. Leh being Leh needs the care of one's body and diet. Your diet would undoubtedly be taken care of if you are staying in Indus. Mary and her team would spoil you with healthy cooked local choices. I still miss her dessert; the sea buckthorn pudding was heavenly. Nico made sure we had the best route planned for our first Ladakh trip. We traveled during COVID and wanted to avoid the crowd. We are slow travelers; Nico understood us and helped us make the right choices. My family visited them again this year, only to be impressed further with Zigmet. Will see you guys again next years as we visit Leh again
A big shout to Nico, Jigmet, chef Ujjwal Bose, Salman…… Indus Valley Camp is a resort that is must for every traveler visiting Leh. This resort is complete in every aspect …… breathtaking views, cosy and comfortable room from where you can enjoy sunrise and Indus river, delicious food from chef Ujjwal’s kitchen and above all very friendly and courteous staffs. You can come here with your friends, family and alone to relax and spend time with nature. The resort surely give a camp like feeling with various plants around it. The resort is spread across 40 acres that gives an awesome walking experience. You can sit in the sit out area near the river and enjoy your tea coffee…. One can send hours sitting near the river and enjoy the calmness and serenity. We lived in chalet which has spectacular view of the river and the mountains, best was to view the sunrise sitting in your room on your bed. My little daughter enjoyed her time with Momo, the dog. Here in this resort you will be able to see various kinds of birds, red fox.…
Had booked the place based on raving TripAdvisor reviews and was disappointed. Hope this paints a fair picture for Indian/International travellers. Travel dates - September last week, 2022. Firstly, the charges are steep for a property which is about 20 minutes away from Ladakh market. Which means that the logistics costs aren’t as high as is being projected. All grocery items etc are available at a stone’s throw away. The “river” is just an almost dried up, brown coloured tributary of “Indus”. The word “camp” doesn’t apply either cuz meals are not included and create hidden expenses. The view that is being used in all marketing communication etc. is the same that is offered by Leh (without having to pay almost 17k INR for 2 PAX). For that amount, one can book a Grand Dragon in peak winter and have a sumptuous time. They don’t provide airport pick-up/drop… You either book a cab yourself or pay around 1000/- for a trip. The food charges are higher than that offered by The Grand Dragon and The Abduz etc. so here’s hoping that the owners wake up and look around. The menu is fixed by the property without your inputs… Basic amenities like electric kettle, room heater are not provided. One can request for hot water which is provided in a thermos (during functional hours). The temperature reaches 0° and also minus at wee hours of the night, but heaters are not provided. So, what does a couple receive for 16k INR per night ? A 12-inch memory foam mattress for those of you who love sleeping in hammocks, a super friendly manager-owner duo, a room with four walls and a toilet cum shower with occasional hot water. Meals are not included in their charges. So one pays almost 1k per head for an average spread of lunch & dinner. Breakfast is also chargeable (approx. 500/- per PAX). P.S. Please check with the property before spending your hard earned money on this “camping” experience. Oh ! The Telescope doesn’t work either !!! All the best !! Cheers !…
Hii Nico & Mary.. . thank you for hosting us at the Indus River Camp. Had a memorable stay. Loved the landscape around, view from room, delicious food, walk around the property and highlight is the star studded sky.. and the Milkyway . And also seeing the planets through your telescope.
We didn’t have to think twice before selecting The Indus River camp as our stay in Leh. We heard Leh lacks Oxygen but this place did not. Warmly welcomed by Jigmet, we acclimatised for one day on the banks of the river Indus. We were served the best food by the Chef and Mr Salman. We enjoyed having Kawah, waiting for the moon to rise from behind the mountains. We enjoyed our time collecting Pebbles from the river Indus and doing a breathing exercise session by the river. Nico also helped in our permits for the Nubra valley. Thank you Jigmet for the Apricot jam and the flowers seeds. We are thankful to all the staff for making our stay a memorable one.
Two things make this property class apart 1) is it’s location and 2) Ms Jigmet who manages it. Although a 20 minute drive out of the city this property is just worth checking it. Great food, superb rooms and outstanding service (thanks once again to Jigmet who ensures that everything that you need is looked into). The service levels are par excellence I’ve seen in any hotel across India so far (even the five star hotel fall behind on this aspect). Tip: Choose this on day one and day two of your stay in Leh when you need to relax and get acclimatised to the high altitude environment as anyway if you are in Leh city you won’t venture out, that way this hotel will make it an ideal place to relax (away from Leh city) for those first two days.
Top Service, super friendly staff, fresh and super yummie food- unforgettable- just WOW!! One of the best place i have ever been! A Big thank you to Jigmet, Mary, Nico and Momo 🐶 who gave us such great tips and helps us a lot to plan our trip. And of course the whole crew how have always looked to us so lovely. They all made our Trip very special and perfect🙏
The Indus River Camp is a hidden gem of a place just on the outskirts of the Leh City , situated by the Indus River. It was an excellent find. We had an amazing 4 days and loved every bit of of our stay there. I could easily stay on for a few more days. The Management Nicco, Mary and Jigmet are super hosts and go the extra mile to ensure the guests are comfortable. The rooms are excellent always offering unparalleled views of the Indus and the distant mountains. Their in-house dining serves very homely and comfortable food. Though a special mention of the breakfast which is made even better with the views from their restaurant. During our stay they even made a Leh Berry Tart which was yum !!! and so refreshing. I am definitely coming back to the Indus River Camp.
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