Hotel Shambhala

Hotel Shambhala

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#64 of 134 hotels in Leh
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.2 of 5 bubbles
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3.8 of 5 bubbles
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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
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Sauna
Coffee shop
Bicycle rental
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Business Centre with Internet Access
Valet parking
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Massage
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Doorperson
24-hour check-in
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Desk
Housekeeping
Room service
Safe
Iron
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
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Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Classic
Quiet
Languages Spoken
English, Hindi

Location

Near Zorawar Fort, Leh 194101 India
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Saraswathy wrote a review Oct 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed at Shambhala for two days. Never felt away from home.
Very cordial and comfortable stay in the hotel and good food.
The owner was ready to give us all the travel advices and places to visit. The place is really wonderful
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Navigate30416 wrote a review Apr 2005
ottowa, canada
4.0 of 5 bubbles
my wife and i enjoyed our stay in this beautiful place, the food was excellent rooms were nice and clean with heating and cable tv, relaxing in the hammocks under the warm summer sun was a joy for me personally
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Date of stay: June 2004
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Markus D wrote a review Jul 2012
Stuttgart, Germany
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We travelled in June by plane to Leh and stayed in Hotel Shambala. The Hotel was a pretty, tibetan style building about 2km outside Leh (they offer free transfer to town, though).
The rooms were clean and with western type restrooms. The door opened to the porch (see pictures) facing the lovely garden, looking especially outstanding in contrast to the meager Ladakhi vegetation. We spend the whole first day in the garden/porch adopting to the height. The hammocks were a great place to chill and read books.

Asian, indian and western cuisine was served. The food was authentic and absolutely delicious, big commendation to the chef! The BBQ in the garden was one of my highlights of the stay. Staff was helpfull and friendly at all times. They gave good advice regarding our activities and sightseeing.

A big plus for all smartphone addicts like me was the wifi access in the hotel. Contrary to one of the other posts, wifi worked during our stay. In general, I can absolutely recommend the hotel and my personal experience did totally not match the last two scary entrys here. Maybe the authors were expecting Dehli/Mumbai 5-star standard in Ladakh...
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Date of stay: July 2012
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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IbnBattutah786 wrote a review Jul 2012
New Delhi, India
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This was my fourth trip to Leh over 17 years. On my first trip I saw that there were precisely 3 top hotels. Today there are as many dozen. However, some things don't change. Leh continues to have as perilous an ecology if not more, so things like laundry, electricity etc, room service that we take for granted elsewhere is simply not available in Ladakh. If you understand that, you will have a great trip. If you are self focussed and lack sensitivity, do re-think your plans. I have seen n number of visitors from the plains arguing with hotels for more vegetable-centric meals, but no vegetables grow in the desert! The food in Shambala is well-known through Leh as being the best, but admittedly it is a bit simple and basic compared to say, Mumbai! Service is friendly and what is more, some of the best friends I have made have been formed in this unpretentious little hotel with the big garden (for Leh standards)
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Date of stay: July 2012
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Ask for a first floor room. They have the best views
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Lalit B wrote a review Jun 2012
Ahmedabad, India
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I had made the booking for this hotel in Leh Ladakh, based on the details provide in MMT website. On reaching the hotel, we found that the hotel is not up to ANY standards. We did not check in and had to move to another hotel, at a substantially higher tariff.

The following are some of the major issues:
1. They have mentioned the name of the hotel as "Welcomheritage Shambha-la, Leh(Heritage Hotel)". This hotel is not associated with Welcomheritage at all. The association with Welcomheritage was the sole reason that we opted for this hotel on MMT website. With Welcomheritage, we are assured of certain level of service and facility.
2. The rooms were shabby, ill maintained and very poorly furnished. There was NO DOUBLE BED. The bathroom did not have hot water. The towels looked unwashed. There was no electricity and no back up generator.
3. The hotel manager and/or owner did not come out to address the major service issues.
4. The rooms were rather small and stuffy. The blankets smelt of mould and mildew.
5. We did check out the breakfast. We did not eat the same as it was absolutely unfit and looked terrible.
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Date of stay: June 2012
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Avoid this hotel
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the_0ne wrote a review May 2011
New York City, New York
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel is a bit away (2 km) from the city market, which is quite inconvenient in Leh.

The staff is courteous and polite but the manager is shady and will only offer options of sight-seeing which entail higher costs. There is hot water only for a short duration in the day, during morning and evening. The food was very nice and authentic.

The rooms are extremely basic. There is not much else other than 2 twin beds joined together.

Since this was a last minute travel decision, I started calling up all the Leh hotels in descending order of rating on tripadvisor and finally landed availability here. Moved out of here after 1 day itself, and was glad I didn't stay longer. The manager made some fuss about us checking out late and finally had to relent.

Only advantage was meeting some interesting travelers whom we interacted with.
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Date of stay: May 2011
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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SumP0001 wrote a review Aug 2016
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at this hotel for a week. A truly memorable experience. The hotel is well maintained with a very hospitable staff. Location is excellent(have to see it to believe it). The lawns, streams and the surroundings truly make a serene environment. The hotel had a good spread of local and other cuisines. The front desk staff arranged for all our trips and excursions in and around Ladakh. Would definitely recommend it to all visiting Leh. We thank the hotel and staff for a delightful stay.
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Date of stay: July 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ambikaahuja wrote a review Oct 2014
New Delhi, India
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Very good place to stay located on Changspa road in central market so you don't need to hire anything to get to market you can simply step out and take a walk and you are right in market. Really well maintained lush green garden. Remarkably a pleasant stay overall. Will preferably stay there only on my next visit I.e most likely to be next year now.
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Date of stay: July 2014Trip type: Travelled with friends
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docbharataggarwal wrote a review Jul 2012
New Delhi, India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were a group of 14 on an "adventure" driving trip to Ladakh - a pilgrimage that you have to do at least once in your life. Shambhala was the ideal base camp for an otherwise hectic trip. For those interested, it is located only a short distance from the airport and away from the noise and hub-hub of the bazaar. It was the perfect place to relax and enjoy the crisp evenings.
Clean sheets, tasty food, well kept bathrooms and great hospitality that one expects from a place like Leh were all provided. They have a nice garden, a cosy lounge and balconies that one can choose from to sit in and relax with endless cups of steaming "chai". Accommodating staff even organized the appropriate sports channel for the football enthusiasts during eurocup.
They even kept a hot dinner waiting for us when we arrived at midnight following double blow out of the tyres of one of our cars on the Kargil-Leh Road, with a smile. The special omelets requested by some of us were served efficiently every morning.
Truly a home away from home.
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Date of stay: June 2012
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: The rooms on the first floor are spectacular. Two of the newer rooms away from the garden are...
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Sabnis wrote a review Jul 2012
Mumbai, India
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Terrible hotel, horrendous service, pathetic food and zero maintenance! Definitely avoidable for the price and the service you get in return. I stayed for 4 nights between 25th June and 4th July 2012. The hotel is far from the main Leh Bazaar and is very small and claustrophobic. Don't get fooled by the website pictures. There is no connection to Welcomheritage Group whatsoever.

There is no electricity even though they have a back-up generator. You are left to the vagaries of the Leh government electricity supply, which to say the least is highly erratic. The staff is remote controlled by the invisible lady owner. They are mere puppets on a string. The lady chooses to make customers live without back-up electricity even though she charges you the full room tariff. Even a Hotel like Spic-n-Span, where some of my friends lived, had back-up electricity for 24 hours. We requested that she keep the generator on for the Euro Football Final for two hours and she refused through her clones. The owner never interacts with the residents and is constantly making life hell for people living there. Even charging your phone, camera or laptop becomes a problem. You have to beg and plead to get the generator started. Forget about broadband and wi-fi internet connectivity, just getting electricity is a big relief in this place.

The staff have been trained to say no to every request you make. We requested for some lunch the day we arrived from Kargil and the first answer was a no. They did us a favour by serving some soupy noodles (Thukpa) after a lot of pleading. The food is predictable and poor quality- Brinjal, Goat Paneer and Dal for dinner and Puri Bhaji and eggs for breakfast. Getting food at the breakfast or dinner table is an ordeal. You must provide for atleast 30 min to be served, if there is no buffet. Most of the staff is from West Bengal and the receptionist is a stone-faced Ladakhi. One day the cook didn't land in time up so we couldn't get breakfast at 8.15 a.m. We had to request for a change of menu when they kept serving us the same food again and again for dinner. They mention cuisine of Ladakhi, Chinese, Western and Tandoori on their website but all they serve is bad Indian food most of the time.

The rooms have no central heating (never switched on), carpets are musty, towels and bed linen are far from clean and rooms have wooden floors that creak on the first floor. The Tata Sky satellite TV in rooms, when occasionally operational, has different channels in different rooms!!!! So you are stuck with no English Movie/ Entertainment channels or no Sports channels depending on the room allotted. The room has no amenities like safe, steam iron or hot kettle. Glasses in the room are of different shapes and sizes and the ones in the restaurant have branding of another organisation. There is no plumber on site and hence you have to live with blocked drains, broken hand showers and leaking WCs. I did not see them vacuum the rooms even once. There is dust and pollen all around the hotel. The house-keeping staff is never visible. They don't change the towels till you ask them to. The soap provided is so small that it is difficult to hold in your hands. One day we had to have a bath in another room since the drains of the bathroom were choked!

I tipped the staff out of sheer empathy for what hell they go through with their lady owner every day of their living life. It's a wonder that they are still there. They are ill-trained and have no notion of service. I guess when you pay peanuts that is what you will get.

Hotel Shambhala should be named Hotel Shambles La! Wake up and smell the coffee else people like me will ensure that you don't exist to take other people for a ride.
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Date of stay: June 2012
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: There are three rooms which are provided only to foreigners and have the best view of the...
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cinduchandra asked a question Sept 2016
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What is there telephone number
nirav24 wrote a tip Aug 2016
New Delhi, India98 contributions53 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"First floor rooms provide better outdoor seating"
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Nilkanth M wrote a tip Jul 2016
Dubai, United Arab Emirates9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Customer services are not good."
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jaideep s wrote a tip Jan 2016
20 contributions5 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ground floor, near the park, away from reception."
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madzsen wrote a tip Dec 2015
Mumbai, India22 contributions22 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The ground floor rooms open out to the garden in front, the rooms on the first floor has a balcony (not private) view"
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Kurmi wrote a tip Jul 2015
Bengaluru, India196 contributions66 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"I like the ones in upper floor."
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PRICE RANGE
₹1,671 - ₹4,011 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
welcomheritage shambha la leh
LOCATION
IndiaLadakhLeh DistrictLeh
NUMBER OF ROOMS
28
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Shambhala
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Shambhala?
Nearby attractions include Prayer Wheel (0.9 km), Riasi Fort or Zorawar Fort (0.4 km), and Jigmat Couture (0.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Shambhala?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Shambhala?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, breakfast, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Shambhala?
Yes, free parking and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Shambhala?
Conveniently located restaurants include Chopsticks Noodle Bar, Tsas by Dolkhar, and Dreamland Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Shambhala?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Does Hotel Shambhala have airport transportation?
Yes, Hotel Shambhala offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Hotel Shambhala located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Leh.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hotel Shambhala?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Hotel Shambhala offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and conference facilities during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Shambhala?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Hindi.
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