The Maitreya Experience

Ladakh: The Roof Of The World

Ladakh is an ancient and almost supernatural region where spectacular, jagged mountains hem in Buddhist monasteries, timeless rural villages cling to hill tops and colourful prayer flags flutter on the breeze as it blows across vistas of breathtaking and untouched beauty.
But for all its isolation and rugged charm, exploring the region, known as “Little Tibet,” has never been easier, or more luxurious. The Maitreya, situated in the heart of the region’s capital city of Leh, is the perfect base from which to take in the panoramic grandeur and intoxicating delights of this mystical region. Why not visit the wonders of the past with all the comforts of the modern world?
Few places in India offer the perfect combination of being so enchanting and yet so traveller friendly and hassle-free as the Ladakh region and the city of Leh in particular. The Old Town is built on a ridge whose dominant feature is the old palace and fort. Beneath it, the bustling bazaar is a vibrant blend of traditional restaurants and souvenir shops, homes and hostels. You are guaranteed to fall in love with the city but remember to take things easy when you first arrive, it may take you a few days to acclimatise to the altitude before you can start exploring with gusto.

At One with Nature

Obviously there are a few challenges running a hotel in such a remote part of the world, but here at The Maitreya we have turned many of those into opportunities and the result is business which is very eco-sensitive as a result. For example we produced and retain 3000 litres of solar heated water to ensure that you are always kept in comfort and that piping hot water is on tap whenever you need it.

And if you want to fully immerse yourself in the nature that surrounds you, but do it in comfort, our roof-top seating area offers fantastic 360 degree views of the breathtaking vistas and majestic mountains which surround you. Gaze out from the top of the world, marvel at the natural beauty of the area and do it within easy reach of room service.

We Mean Business

The modern hotel is no longer just for the tourist or traveller looking to get away from it all, it is also the perfect place to mix business with pleasure. Our conference hall is the perfect location for corporate events and talks, and of course our sumptuous dining facilities are perfect for everything from working breakfasts, event lunches and fun business dinners.

Getting Around

India has long been a popular destination for those who like to travel by bike and so Leh is awash with motorbike rental shops and there are also biker cafes and a series of repair shops on the road towards Choglamsar for those who ride their own. Because many of the bikes considered vintage in the west are still catered for in India, you should have no problems if you wish to travel the region as part of a bike tour or a solo traveller, whether you ride a cutting edge touring bike or a classic machine.
For the less adventurous there is always the taxi. Leh’s little micro-van taxis charge from ₹100 per hop. Flagging down rides rarely works so to make arrangements head to a taxi stand, most centrally at Zangsti, Moti Market or the central taxi stand near the tourist office.

Getting Around

India has long been a popular destination for those who like to travel by bike and so Leh is awash with motorbike rental shops and there are also biker cafes and a series of repair shops on the road towards Choglamsar for those who ride their own. Because many of the bikes considered vintage in the west are still catered for in India, you should have no problems if you wish to travel the region as part of a bike tour or a solo traveller, whether you ride a cutting edge touring bike or a classic machine.
For the less adventurous there is always the taxi. Leh’s little micro-van taxis charge from ₹100 per hop. Flagging down rides rarely works so to make arrangements head to a taxi stand, most centrally at Zangsti, Moti Market or the central taxi stand near the tourist office.

Permits

Any travelling in the modern world requires a certain amount of administration and Ladakh is no exception. To visit Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Dha Hanu, Tso Moriri and the Upper Indus non-residents require a permit. Applications must be processed through an approved travel agency, though it is possible to start the process online. One minor hitch, for single travellers, is that there must be at least two applicants at the time of application, but agencies can usually find a way around this and once you have the permit, travelling alone seems to come with no problems.

Money

There are numerous moneychangers on Changspa Rd, Upper Fort Rd and around Main Bazaar. Paul Merchant gives reliably fair rates for cash and travellers’ cheques and is far less bureaucratic than using J&K Bank, where rates seem generally no better.
ATMs are increasingly widespread, with many in the Main Bazaar area. If using a non-Indian card, the charges and exchange rate that you will eventually be charged can vary considerably between ATMs. On rare occasions almost all of Leh’s ATMs have been known to temporarily stop functioning it is therefore wise to keep a stock of cash available.

Health

Leh’s altitude, above 3500m, means that many visitors will suffer from headaches and dizziness on arrival. Mild symptoms can be partly relieved by resting and drinking plenty of fluids. If that doesn’t help, either breathe oxygen at the Oxygen Bar or, as long as it’s combined with rest, take one Diamox tablet morning and evening for three days. Medication can be arranged by the hotel staff.