High Up In Ladakh, There’s A Cosy Backpacker’s Stay That Serves Yummy Home-Cooked Maharashtrian Food

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by Ankita Mazumdar

Have you ever planned a trip to one of your bucket list destinations? If yes, then how long do you go without having an extreme craving for your staple home-cooked food? This duo in Ladakh is making dreams (and cravings) come true for Maharashtrians. They own a backpacker’s hostel in Leh, Ladakh where the menu is fully Maharashtrian food. Everybody wants to have ghar ka khana even when miles away from home, so check them out if you are planning to visit Ladakh.

Rovers’ Den In Ladakh Serves Home-Cooked Maharashtrian Food

Kaustubh Dalvi and Greeshma Soley are a passionate travel couple from Mumbai. Little did they know that after visiting Ladakh, they would be completely spellbound by it and decide to open a stay for travellers. They planned on shifting completely to Leh but instead went with the idea of Rovers’ Den and they haven’t looked back from it. That was six years ago and now Rovers’ Den is always packed with tourists to enjoy stay and Maharashtrian food here.

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The mere thought and availability of authentic Maharashtrian food in the mountains of Leh are enough to make travellers coming to Ladakh, choose Rovers’ Den and its restaurant named Khanaval. it’s fair only cause you wouldn’t want to feel homesick. On that note, we would also suggest that you don’t skip out on Ladakhi cuisine.

Khanaval Is The Hotspot For Maharashtrians


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Over time, even locals got intrigued and they started taking limited orders for Maharashtrian food. Word spread about this unique and soul-satisfying venture and they were contacted by Brihanmumbai Maharashtra Mandal which is a community of Maharastrians.

They wanted to know about the food being served here. They then spread positive messages regarding Rovers’ Den and its initiative. Since then the place has been flocking with Maharashtrians.


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With temperatures touching over minus 20 degrees, food becomes a solace. Despite such extreme weather conditions, Khanaval serves piping hot thalipeeth, vada pav, pav bhaji, misal, patvadi rassa, pithla bhakri, and more. The list goes on and on; you have authentic Maharashtrian food here, even if you are not from Maharashtra.

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Vada pav is enough even when gorged on the hills of Leh. When are you planning to visit Khanaval with your Maharashtrian gang?

Where: 1st floor, Airtel gallery building, main market, Leh, Ladakh

When: 10 AM – 9:30 PM

Cost: Starting from ₹550 per bed (for Rovers’ Den)

Cover Image Credits: Instagram/roversdenhostelleh and khanavalladakh