If you google for “Skara,” you will find results for the Swedish locality Skara Brae, a prehistoric village. Skara village in Leh is not listed in initial search engine result pages (SERPs). You add keyword “Leh” to keyword “Skara,” the Swedish locality would simply disappear from the pages.
Skara, a suburb in Leh, is also called Dgar-ba. In October 1984, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) conducted an astronomical survey in the dusty environs of Skara. A 20-inch telescope was installed at a temporary DST Laboratory (3,600 meters) in the suburb to measure brightness of the sky during day and night and cloud coverage. The telescope featured a fiberglass reinforced polyester (FRP) astronomical dome of 5.6 meters in diameter. Skara is also home to Zorawar Fort and Museum and Sheyman Community Hall where cultural events take place.
Skara has less than ten registered accommodation choices. Only five of these have Web presence: Cho Palace, Hotel Caravan Centre, Hotel K2 Continental, Lha-Ri-Sa Resorts, and The Kaal.
The rooms are expensive. The hotels also increased the tariff for the 2014 season. For example, a deluxe single room tariff rose from INR 2,600 per night on EP basis in 2013 to INR 3,000 in 2014, an increase of four hundred rupees (about 15%) per night. A suite costs more than INR 5,000 per night on EP basis.
These hotels offer deluxe double and single rooms and suites. In Cho Palace, for example, a deluxe double room costs INR 3,200 per night on European plan basis. Both extra bed for another family member and a child on the parents’ bed can be accommodated in the same room for extra price. Price of an extra bed varies from INR 1,500 per night (CP) in Cho Palace to INR 1,800 per night (CP) in Hotel Caravan Centre and The Kaal.
Only Cho Palace and The Kaal quoted EP tariff on the websites. The remaining two hotels offer CP, MAP, and AP tariffs on the websites. Hotel K2 does not display tariff online.
The hotels also levy a service charge of 10%. Budget for it.
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