Go Local: The Green Sarai

The Ladakh Sarai is known for its excellent cuisine and first class dining room. The rendezvous for meals and gatherings is a striking hexagonal building, designed in traditional Ladakhi style, with a comfortable lounge and dining room. Taste local flavors in our communal dining rooms while your eyes feast on our tasteful wall decoration and draped ceilings. Relax and enjoy tea on the cushions in the common room while the golden sunlight streams in through the large glass-paneled windows. Rise early in the morning and meditate at our lovely Buddhist chapel. Subtle electric lighting, supplemented by kerosenelamps, provides the evening illumination. The Ladakh Sarai is committed to minimizing our impact on the fragile ecosystem around Leh, and also to promoting traditional Ladakhi culture.
All water is heated by solar panels, our yurts are low to the ground and made of local bamboo and canvas, and we minimize our electrical dependency. Plentiful gardens adorn winding pathways through the resort, and the diverse arbor grove provides shade for our yurts. The Sarai is surrounded by the farmland of the small village of Ayu, so it is sure to stay quiet and maintain a neighborhood feel for years to come. Our friendly staff wear traditional Ladakhi dress and treat each guest with familiar Ladakhi hospitality. Each room is decorated with local materials and adorned with fine crafts.
The Sarai also has a growing edible foods garden which provides most ingredients for our communal meals. Enjoy fresh, local, organically grown food cooked to perfection breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Ladakh Sarai serves as an ideal base for treks and jeep safaris throughout the Western Himalayan Mountain region. We can help to arrange any travel needs you and your group may have.
  • Beautifully appointed Mud-Houses, Duplexes, Chalets and Yurts ( Mongolian style cottage) with attached bath amidst poplar, willow and apricot trees. Each rooms with view of the Stok Ranges and Stok Kangri.
  • All rooms are centrally heated.
  • All room with hot shower from 3 different sources of hot water system
  • All rooms fitted with LCD Television with Airtel Satellite and Intercom.
  • We have with us Head Chef Pankaj Kumar (Ex- Chef at The Oberoi Group of hotels) cooking up cuisines that ranges from Gujarti-North Indian, Continental, Chinese, Mexican and Ladakhi.
  • Two dining and two lounging area for evening gathering –heated with Bukharis.
  • 24 hours electricity backup.
  • Doctor on call and 24 hours emergency oxygen cylinder in stock

The Socially Responsible Sarai

  • White Lotus Education Camp - Nothing empowers and enriches a person as good education does. But there is huge sections of society who are at great disadvantage to get quality education. We feel, every small step can help in mitigating this huge disadvantage that the underprivilege kids have. With that intention in mind we conducted first White Lotus Outdoor Education and leadership camp in 2008 with 21+ kids for 7 days. In the summer of 2009 we have had 40+ kids for about two weeks. Our efforts are supported now by Princeton University. We shall continue to conduct more and more extensive camps to benefits the children of tomorrow.
  • Lamdon Model School - We have conducted many camps along with Lamdon Social Welfare Society, Leh, a welfare NGO established in the year 1970 by a group of young dedicated Ladakhi youth. The main aim of establishing this society was to work for the welfare of the people in Ladakh region. It was felt by the members that the main service should be towards promotion of education and health sector.
  • Cycling and Trekking with Nuns - We conduct Cycling and Trekking expeditions from Mumbai to Aurangabad, Nepal to Lucknow, Delhi to Leh and many other routes for over 250+ local Nuns.
  • Save Annual Melt 2017 - Raising awareness about Glaciers in the Himalayas threatened by climate change. As the temperature rises, these reservoirs of ice disappear.
  • Donation for health patients - We donate to people in need of Medical Care.
  • Sponsored Paramedic for South India - We have sponsored paramedics for the relief of people in south India during their time of need.
  • 400 people trekking expedition - We have undertaken a month and a half long trekking tour in the year 2009 where we had above 400+ people under our care.