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“a treasure in a stunning area”
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Hotel Rah Villas
Ranked #4 of 15 Sonmarg B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 11 September 2011

This new hotel is nestled in a green crevice in a breathtaking valley in Kashmir. Up til now, there haven't been any nice hotel options outside Srinagar (as my family learned the hard way) - so the Rah Vilas fills a gaping hole, and fills it well. The hotel is in the middle of a village, and it's very village-y - chatty children, wandering chickens, women working the fields, curious sheep. But it's also a chic and highly functional hotel - of the kind I've rarely found in India's biggest cities - so you get the best of both worlds. Cerulean sky out the window, the mountains all around, the river rushing by (audible from the rooms, at different times) and a really comfy bed. We stayed when it was just, just open, paint still drying - so there were kinks to be worked out - but the owner was personally supervising all of it and demanding excellence from his staff. Fun for the kids - animals, pony rides up the hill etc - although I was a bit terrified of them falling in the river, which is unbelievably fast-flowing. Reasonable food, accommodating of fussy kids. The Rah Vilas is a fantastic getaway for people fleeing Delhi heat, but also a great base for international tourists seeking an easy and enjoyable way to experience Kashmir.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 September 2011

This hotel is situated in a charming Kashmiri town with amazing views over a roaring river and mountains. Children loved the roaming goats and chickens outside and the 3 hour long hike up the mountain on ponies..Staff were helpful, decor modern and comfortable. I would definitely return.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 September 2011

We had a great weekend away from Delhi! First of all, it wasn't far to get to - just jump on the flight to Srinagar (1+ hr) and then a car drive (2+hrs) to this small village, which was just off the road to Sonmarg and next to a stream of fresh mountain water. The surroundings are beautiful with mountains, greenery and fresh air(!). The hotel is a mix of a smaller "Alp" hotel with a large terrace (great for lazing around and drinking kawa), Scandinavian design with floor to ceiling windows that brings in the light and touch of Kashmir in the beautiful decor and furnishing. The rooms are large and comfortable - nicely furnished and fabulous beds. I went with my two daughters 7 and 12 years and we comfortable fitted in the double room.
The girls loved playing outside, taking small treks around the hotel or the village and riding and caring the ponies that on request could be brought to the hotel. The elder one and I went on a half day trek higher up on the mountain range where the views were even more stunning. We also made an excursion to Sonmarg (another beautiful but busier place - and on the way found a climbing wall) as well as to the local beekeeper.
We had great meals at the hotel with friendly staff assisting us as and when we needed. Great trip when you need to re-charge or when the urge for nature, fresh air and quietness comes over you…we will for sure be back!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Hotel Rah Villas

Address: Kullan Rezhen, Sonmarg 191203, India
Region: India > Jammu and Kashmir > Kashmir > Ganderbal District > Sonmarg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Sonmarg
Price Range: ₹ 8,934 - ₹ 9,898 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Rah Villas 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A wonderful boutique hotel in a charming village in Kashmir. Enjoy breathtaking views and luxury. Each room has a private balcony with river or mountain views and comes fully outfitted with flat screen television, rainshower, and luxury comfort mattresses. Bonfire, hiking, picnics, horse-riding and trout-fishing all at your doorstep. It's small, intimate, and quintessentially Kashmir. ... more   less 
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