We went to Leh, Ladakh from 28 Apr 12 to 01 May 12 and stayed over at Kidar Guest House for all nights. Upon arrival from the airport, we were taken to our rooms and instructed to rest and acclimatise. Kidar mama (we didn't catch her name), Jigmet and Dolkar were there to welcome us in person. Throughout the four nights stay, we had couple of requests for hot shower, additional blankets (it snowed the following morning), meals provided as and when we requested for it and bottled water. There was hot tea on demand i.e. Chai and Mint tea and there was this one night when we had the best soup a la tomate we ever had. Nothing can quite fully describe the hospitality and the warmth of the folks at Kidar Guesthouse. Things to note are that there weren't any wifi (it's not that critical really, we're on a vacation) and in house heating system (you can ask for extra blankets), wifi would probably have been fixed by now.
This other morning, we had request for extra toilet rolls and ended up having a little fun by asking Dolkar to throw it up to the balcony (where we were at), it was pretty hilarious! Kidar grandpapa always greet us in his high-spirited and animated version of "Julley!" even though he couldn't understand half the english we spoke (He can speak basic Hindi).
It is in a very safe neighbourhood and we found kidar through the reccomendation of our very outstanding guide Stanzin Namgyal (there are tons of stanzins around in ladakh!), He's contactable at email@example.com and he has a facebook account too (: He stays in Nubra Valley and would probably be the best person to bring you around from Leh! He charges very very reasonably too and is flexible with his tour itinerary. Point to note: Set aside 2 days in Leh before going to Nubra Valley or Pangong Lake. We have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves during this trip.
Ladakh is an amazing place, there is an abundance of humanity around here and it's truly a home away from home :D
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