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Chuchot Yokma, past Imam Bara, Leh 194101 India
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The Indus River Camp is a 40 acre natural sanctuary on the banks of the Indus river. We are just 7 kilometres from the city and the airport yet the only buildings in sight are the monasteries perched on the mountains that surround us. We have 5 riverside tents and 3 riverside cottages with double beds and bathrooms, a restaurant with 2 full time cooks, the most beautiful land in Leh.
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Free parking
Free internet
Breakfast available
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Bicycles available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Hiking
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Quaint
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English, Spanish, Hindi
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Unfortunately I was only able to spend two days at the Indus River Camp but my experience there was absolutely incredible. Never have I ever had nicer, more helpful hosts. The food is out of this world and makes you not want to breakfast, lunch or dine anywhere else. Hearing the river flow at night and watching the sun rise above the mountains just opposite of your cottage/tent - those are experiences that you can’t put a pricetag on. Thank you Nico & Mary!
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This property is located in an absolutely wonderful place right on the banks on Indus river. Right from the patio of our cottage or from the window of our bathroom, we could enjoy a stunning view of the magnificent Himalayas, some of its peaks capped with snow. Nico turned out to be a fantastic local guide. He arranged all our local travel and drivers - and all his suggestions turned out to be top notch. Meals arranged by Mary and her team are generally delicious, especially considering the remote location. Also, they have a friendly, playful pet dog! Would strongly recommend for anyone looking to get some time up close with nature
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NICO & MARY….. you guys are awesome and have create such a gem of a place …..I truly enjoyed staying at your place, the warmth and hospitality is priceless. .The place is quaint , clam and the flow of Indus adds to the charm. The camps and the cottages are very well appointed. Nico, Mary and their awesome staff ensured every guest been taken care well. Nico many thanks for taking the pain of sitting with me each day to chart out the travel plan and also ensuring a comfortable experience during my travel to Tso Morri . FOOD was unbelievably delicious and credit goes to Chef Mary and her helping hands … each of the three course meal I really relished.. miss my Honey Ginger Tea and Kava !! Special thanks to Mr Thinley for being a careful driver cum guide. Once again many thanks to you folks for the wonderful experience Look forward to see you guys in sometime
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We returned to the camp for the second time, two years after our first visit. A lot has changed! The quality of the tents/huts is excellent, it’s now officially glamping. The structures have had a complete upgrade. The dining area has also been upgraded, and moved to a more central location. The new and improved dining room has separate tables for guests and there is always a table waiting for your party size. There is also a nice chilling area with soft seating for relaxing and reading with mountain views opposite a massive hand painted wall mural which depicts the region, it was being completed whilst we were there. The food was as excellent as I remembered if not better. Mary and her band of merry sous chefs again delivered genuinely delicious food throughout our trip. I love the family feel of sharing dishes down the middle of the table, and there is always plenty to go around. I read a comment on here about the lack of choice for food, something I understand but disagree with, dishes are available based on what’s fresh and available in the market. I really don’t mind having a professional chef and her team decide what I eat, they know what’s best, they are the ones sourcing and cooking local and fresh ingredients day in day out. It’s one less thing to think about and I was never disappointed. Also everything is fresh, even their bread and butter is made onsite. Nico was again very helpful. He arranged a night away from camp for me and a friend to go motorbiking and stay at recommended homestay, pics attached. It was a great adventure within our adventure. We left after breakfast and returned the following day before dark, again to an excellent dinner waiting for us after hot showers. It was the perfect welcome after quite a tiring excursion. The fire pit is an excellent addition, we gathered around after dinner with some of the other guests and Nico and Mary joined us. They also have a huge telescope for star gazing and looking at the moon which I always enjoy, particularly in such clear skies. The one thing that hadn’t been improved but remained as stunning as I remembered was the scenery, the area is truly beautiful and such a treat to visit twice let alone once. We hope to come back and not leave it so long next time. I recommend a visit to anyone, but if you’re expecting demands of room service, trouser pressing or spa treatments to be met then you’ve come to the wrong place. This is a family and locally run camp site, albeit an upmarket one, and nor is it trying to be anything else. The hosts and staff, the location, the scenic views and things to do, the excellent food and charming mood of this place is what makes it one of the most memorable places I’ve been to. It’s very special and far more enjoyable than a large commercial complex which I’m so bored of and are these days so common. Can’t wait to come back and see what they do next.
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Let me start by first appreciating Nico, his wife and the entire team at Indus River Camp who was extremely helpful when I fell sick during our stay at Indus River Camp. Thank you so much for your support! The place is beautiful, cottages are very well built and the views are amazing. But it was hard to find this place as there are no Sign Boards on the way and you have to understand the vague directions given by Nico to reach here. The Biggest problematic thing here is the FOOD. They have a set menu for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and there is no option for Ala-carte. You will have to eat what they serve which will cost you around ~INR 3500 per couple per day (for all the 3 meals). Things like Tea are Super Cheap, but other items like sandwiches, Omelette don't match the price they take. So, anybody who is paying so much for there cottage, the entire food menu is extremely disappointing. Moreover, if you request/plead even in advance they will not cook the food required by you even it is simple dal and chapati for the sick person. Once again thank you, Nico and Team, for taking such good care of us. The rating is just because of the food, as for me that is what makes or breaks an accommodation.
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Response from NicoToll, Manager at The Indus River Camp
Responded Aug 23, 2019
Hi Tushar, Thanks for the kind words about our service and rooms. Your points about the food are noted - we are constantly working to improve this property and so feedback is extremely welcome. For the food, I should first mention that breakfast is both buffet and a-la-carte. It's just lunch and dinner where we have set menus, but with various dishes. I'd like to explain this decision. We have a 40 acre property with just 8 rooms. We don't want to expand beyond that, as the peace of the property may be undermined with more than 16 guests. If you are serving 16 people with an a-la-carte menu, it is impossible to serve fresh food as you have to be prepared to serve multiple dishes quickly. Hotels that offer a-la-carte typically prepare a number of dishes and gravies in advance so that they can serve a number of options in a timely manner. If it's a large hotel then the prepared food is used quickly, if it's a smaller hotel then the dishes will sit in the fridge for days. Our chef was the top graduate at the Leith's cooking school and has worked for Michelin star restaurants, for chefs such as Nathan Outlaw and Ottolenghi. If we were to do an a-la-carte menu with food that wasn't fresh, it would be a waste of her talents. Similarly, a buffet system would compromise the quality of the food. We aim to prepare fresh, health-conscious home food. We have put a lot of thought into our system and the response is largely very positive. I'm sorry that it wasn't to your liking. We did try to accommodate as many of your requests. You requested lunch on your first day (you asked for it the evening before). We prepared a special lunch for you (vegetarian with no garlic) but you disappeared on your motorbike without informing us. That food went to waste and we didn't charge for any part of that meal. In the morning of your second day, at check out, you asked if you could stay another night. We agreed and you asked about lunch - we said that we were already preparing a fresh tomato pasta with salad picked from your garden. You requested dal and chapati but all of our kitchen staff were already preparing the lunch. You were not interested in the pasta and salad as you believed that dal and chapati were the healthier option. Perhaps this is just a cultural difference. We then brought you maggis, omelettes and sandwiches at your requests. I personally answered messages on Whatsapp for hot water at 6am, brought you cold water with ice in the evening, I drove to get you medicine, we bought a new thermometer and I offered to take you to the hospital. I know that you mention that the service was good but the review does make it sound like we were inflexible. It was just the dal and chapatti that we did not do as we were preparing the tomato pasta and salad for our other guests at the time. Lastly, I do want to mention directions. I have checked our Whatsapp conversation and I gave an extremely specific drawing on Google Maps that took you to the road with a signboard for 'Zainabya Chowk'. I do ask you to check the Whatsapp conversation for the same. Our website gives similarly specific directions. Anyway, thanks for reviewing and your feedback. I don't mean to sound defensive but I did want to offer explanations for the choices that we have made, especially so that upcoming guests have the right expectations. With a small property that is run personally, you have to make a series of decisions about food and service - we try to make it as inclusive as possible but there will always be people who its not to their liking. We have, however, considered these things in great detail. We could expand to 15-20 rooms and offer a proper a-la-carte menu, there's certainly the space for it and it would perhaps be better for business, however the camp would not have the same peaceful environment. Thanks Tushar, hope you are well Regards to you and Aditi Nico
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PRICE RANGE
$59 - $116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Luna Eco Camp
LOCATION
IndiaJammu and KashmirLadakhLeh DistrictLeh
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Indus River Camp
Which popular attractions are close to The Indus River Camp?
Nearby attractions include Thiksey Monastery (3.9 miles), Stok Palace Museum (3.3 miles), and Shey Monastery (1.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Indus River Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, airport transportation, and dry cleaning.
What food & drink options are available at The Indus River Camp?
Guests can enjoy breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Indus River Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does The Indus River Camp have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Indus River Camp offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Indus River Camp?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at The Indus River Camp?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Indus River Camp?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Hindi.
Are there any historical sites close to The Indus River Camp?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Riasi Fort or Zorawar Fort (5.7 miles).