Srinagar, the capital city of the state Kashmir is considered to be the most beautiful cities in India. Known for lush green valleys, deep blue lakes and crystal white ski slopes, this place is widely popular among tourists. While summer season is considered to be the best time to visit Srinagar, ski slopes of Gulmarg offer world-class skiing facilities in winter. Many of us must have heard parents fondly cherishing the memories of their visit to Kashmir every now and then. Today Srinagar and other areas have once again picked tourists' interests. Srinagar and Gulmarg offer wide range of accommodations on land, or on the lakes. Here are some of the finest hotels and boutique resorts around Srinagar, which can make your stay really special.
Hotel Dar-Es-Salam tops the chart here with its colonial charm and quaint surroundings. Located in a tranquil corner of Lake Nagin, Dar-ES-Salam offers true Kashmiri hospitality with worldly comforts. The lobbies and rooms are decorated with Kashmiri artefacts and antiques. This heritage hotel’s interiors exude the old world charm. Most of the rooms are overlooking the lake and the lotus pond nearby. Lone Cedar tree adorns the garden overlooking the lake. If you are looking for a romantic, relaxing stay away from the hustle bustle of the city, this boutique property is a great option. Dal Lake Boulevard and other tourist spots are easily accessible from the hotel. The staff at the Dar-ES-Salam will be eager to assist you in booking the transport, be it an auto, a taxi or a shikara!
THE LALIT GRAND PALACE SRINAGAR
Located near serene Dal Lake, The Lalit Grand Palace is another heritage hotel in Srinagar. As the name suggests, it is grand and palatial. The Lalit Grand Palace is albeit an actual summer palace of Maharaja Pratap Singh, now restored meticulously to provide the royal experience to its guests. The sprawling gardens and lawns are amazing. Dubbed as a paradise, tourists are spell bound right at the arrival with the views of majestic Himalayas from its property. The rooms are lavish and exude the Kashmiri elegance. The staff at Lalit Grand Palace is efficient and courteous, offering a complete 5 star luxury! Touristy Dal Lake Boulevard is easily accessible from this hotel. The hotel is ideal for family holidays.
DAL VIEW – VIVANTA BY TAJ
As a well acknowledged fact, staying at Taj can never go wrong. Dal View – Vivanta by Taj further confirms the fact with its world-class hospitality. Situated on a little hill top, one can get a panoramic view of Srinagar city and the Dal Lake Boulevard from the elevation. The hospitality of Taj combined with Kashmiri charm can be over whelming. The resort has the finest restaurants and high energy bar. The Jade Dragon restaurant serves authentic Kashmiri Wazwan dishes along with popular North Indian fare. The Honey Chilli Lotus Stem dish is worth trying. Iconic Jiva Spa pampers the wellness needs of its visitors. For the romantics, Vivanta offers special intimate dinner by the lake, for special occasions, on request!
THE KHYBER HIMALAYAN RESORT AND SPA
Though located in Gulmarg, The Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa deserves a special mention in this list, to be considered for a memorable luxurious stay. This world-class resort is nestled in Pir Panjal Range. It is rather well known for winter stays, where freshly powdered slopes are buzzing with ski enthusiasts! Come summer and you can soak up the sun on the lush green meadows surrounded by snow peaked mountains. The resort pampers its guests with world class spa facilities and modern amenities.