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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Rah Villas Sonmarg, Kashmir