Staying at Tsetan Guesthouse was one of my trips highlights. Besides all the great infrastructure, that include hot water at any time, breakfast, dinner and free drinking water, Tsetans family make us feel home. They are such an amazing and warm-hearted people that made me feel part of the family too. Tsetan is also available to help us arrange trekkings and trips around Leh such as the Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake. Theres always great travelers around that can join each others schedule. His father is always ready to take us in a daily trip or get us to the airport (they also pick us up if arranged in advance). At first I felt like the location would be a problem, cause the guesthouse is a little bit further away from the main bazaar. But its definitely not that bad and it turns out to be a great warm up. I will definitely go back and recommend.
When you arrive at Tsetans Guest House, you are welcomed in a very warm way, with hot mint tea (complimentary, all day every day), big, genuine smiles and beautiful surroundings.
The guest house is located on the Upper Changspa, a nice 20 minute walk away from the hustle and bustle of the town. Some say this is a hassle, but I found it to be a really nice thing to have this peaceful walk down the streets to the town.
You have streams that run along the path, making it even more tranquil and beautiful (take the short cut - the prettiest route).
Tsetan is the nicest host I met so far, in my life. He is genuinely interested in helping out, and as I stayed for three weeks, I know for a fact that he really tries (and succeeds) in meeting the guests wishes and requirements. He will go a very long way to ensure his guests are taken care of in the best way. He even stayed a whole day in the hospital to act as a translator for one of the guests. If it hits the fan, he drops everything and races to the rescue.
The family; mother, father and little sister are so nice. They greet you with warm smiles every morning, make the most delicious dhal, momos and vegetable masalas.
You can get chapatis in the morning with jam, peanut butter etc, served together with milk tea (chai).
So, if you want warm, nice people, in a home away from home, then you stay here. The price is nice, the view is very nice, the flower garden is beautiful and Tsetans Guest House attracts very cool people.
I found peace, new friends, great food and I made so many memories there that it was really difficult to leave. I'm sure you will have a fantastic time there.
Tsetan and his family are just the kindest people you'll fine in Leh! Nice rooms, beautiful garden (with unlimited tea +++), such a peaceful place. They will help you for everything you need, recommended +++
I can not recommend Tsetan and his family enough. We arrived after two days on the road and they immediately welcomed us with tea and a meal in their cosy lounge. We met so many great people in the garden courtyard over the complimentary mint tea - the atmosphere is quiet but social, not at all a party hostel. Tsetan and his family were so helpful with advice and information as well as practicalities. The hostel feels homey and it was hands down the most relaxing and friendly place I have ever stayed in. I will return!
Right from the moment of finding this home stay online, it has been a wonderful interaction with Tsetan and his family. The single room I had booked was just perfect for me. Tsetan , shares so much information about the places in and round leh, about various treks and the bike rides. This place is about fifteen min from the market but the guest house in itself is enveloped in a beautiful silence.Tsetan helped me plan the logistics of my travel around leh in a smooth way. Even those days that I had decided to simply stay put in the guest house were lovely. The other guests whom I met around the mint tea spot, the conversations we have had ranging from politics to food to religion to life! Those will linger on for quite a while. The food is a must mention. Tsetans mother cooks these delicious stuff with veggies from their garden, that even a daal chaaval becomes an extraordinary meal here. Then there are those ladakhi food. More than any of these, I am simply touched by their attitude and love. There are many regulars here, which is not surprising at all. I know for sure am going back to Ladakh and of course will be staying here. In those twelve days I was there, they had made me feel like a part of their family and genuinely. This place has such good vibes. Also since I was traveling by myself, I wanted to ensure I felt safe where I stayed and that it was also within my backpackers budget.
I was looking for a peaceful place to be in leh with no frills and fancies, just like at home, and this truly is a gem. Glad I found it and met these beautiful people.