This was my second trip to Ladakh and to Shamba La. The term "home away from home" has been specifically made for this cosy hotel with a charming, sunny garden. The staff is a far cry from the plastic professionals of the large cities: every one from the gardener to the cook to the driver all offer service from their heart, even though they lack the polish of the hospitality trade (and thank goodness for that). The driver would be genuinely disappointed when I chose to trudge up to the market instead of taking his offer for a (free) lift; the cook would spend hours teaching me how to form shaphale, then insist on offering me flask after flask of (free) hot tea as I lay sprawled with a book out in the sun, and the reception staff cheerfully bustled about, running errands for the guests, with no obvious expectation of a tip. As I swelter in the Delhi heat, the memory of that idyllic five days remains with me. I know that before long there will be a third journey back to Leh and to the well-burnished charms of Shamba La.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Welcomheritage Shambha La Leh
- Hotel Shambhala Leh, Ladakh