Time and again Srinagar and its beauty have been talked about. Right from poets writing peans to photographers capturing its beauty through their lenses, the vale is a traveller’s delight and on everyone’s bucket list. Every season nature paints Srinagar in a different hue. While spring and summer bring cheerful days with them, autumn colours it in shades of brown and orange and winters wrap it in a blanket of white. No matter when you visit, it leaves you spellbound.
Bringing this experience to travellers is Rah Bagh, an idyllic new retreat on the outskirts of Srinagar. Spread over three acres within an apple orchard, the resort boasts of a distinctive character owing to its Alpine style chalets, sprawling gardens, and picturesque views of the Dal and Nageen lakes, all framed by towering poplars and against the Zabarwan range as the backdrop.
At Rah Bagh beauty lies in the details. One can spot local embellishments from Kashmir as well as across India. The detailing of the wood — native cedar, timber as well as parquet flooring make way for warm and contemporary harmonious spaces.
For those who are looking at an uber luxurious escape with the spectacular vistas of the Dal and Nageen lakes in sight at all times, the Royal Attic Suite is the perfect fit. These chalet style units have a 12 feet ceiling and wall-to-wall window, a spacious master bedroom, a separate living area and expansive balconies which open up to views of the constantly changing landscape of the city and the lakes.
Also available are Queen and Twin Deluxe Rooms as well as Garden Suites.
Travelling anywhere is incomplete without a lip smacking culinary experience. And the offerings at Rah Bagh are sure not to disappoint. Whether it is sampling the local cuisine like the elaborate Kashmiri Wazwan or indulging in global flavours, the folks here offer it all at Wan Posh, the all-day restaurant and Café Sky the terrace deck.
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For a relaxing and wholesome experience, Rah Bagh also boasts of an open air pool as well as hot tub to chase away the blues.
Also, there are enough cosy corners across the property to curl up and read a book, especially under the fruit trees. One can also simply take a stroll in the gardens and sip on the aromatic local brew — kahwah — infused with saffron and cardamom. For fitness enthusiasts, there is also the gym or nature’s bounty for a bike ride or a hike to explore the surrounding mountains.
In case you plan to head out of Srinagar, Sonamarg, Gulmarg, and Pampore are only a couple of hours away. For nature and wildlife enthusiasts the Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary is just a 10 minute drive away. For golf enthusiasts, Rah Bagh is 20 minutes away from the Royal Springs Golf Course. The famed Mughal gardens — Nishat and Shalimar— are a few kilometres away. Travellers can also explore the lakes via a jetty or go for a heritage walk in the old city.
For more information visit rahbagh.com or call +91 98213 96298