The sound of Azaan echoed as I wrapped myself in a pashmina shawl in the twilight. Sipping a hot cup of Kahwah, I stood on the balcony of the Royal Attic Suite of Rah Bagh in Srinagar, with the enchanting views of the shimmering Dal and Nigeen Lake appearing like a dream in the valley of Kashmir.
Far away from the mainland, when you immerse yourself in the aura of tranquil beauty and savour countless precious moments with yourself in the most gorgeous set-up, it marks the beginning of a beautiful journey ahead.
Since the world stopped suddenly due to the Pandemic, travel plans got shifted to the back burner. With time, things easing up a bit, I decided to resume my travels. And, I chose Kashmir as my very first destination after the Covid Saga. I am glad that I did not listen to people and flew to Srinagar at the very first opportunity.
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WHERE IS RAH BAGH
Around 45-minutes’ drive from the Srinagar airport, the Rah Bagh is a perfect abode for peace-loving travelers. Located on 3 acres of sprawling land, Rah Bagh is a luxury boutique property.
The gigantic Zabarwaan Mountains as the backdrop, surrounded by the apple orchards, tall poplar trees to complement the greenery, and the mesmerizing views of the Dal and Nigeen Lake add just the right amount of charm to this idyllic new retreat on the outskirts of Srinagar.
RAH BAGH: A CALM OASIS
I truly believe that a few places are meant for only an elite class of people who, unlike others, want to have a secluded holiday in the lap of nature.
Imagine waking up to a breezy morning, surrounded by lush green orchards, a landscaped garden, overlooking the famed Dal Lake, and a vaguely visible mountain range.
The silence around the place just screams loud at the Rah Bagh in Srinagar. I was living in a calm oasis, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The serenity it offers to its guests due to the excellent location makes every moment spent at the luxurious abode worth living. As the sun beams its golden rays, making nature alive, the retreat also wears its crown.
Whether it’s having your breakfast on the lawn or relishing the traditional Kashmiri delicacies at Café Sky, the terrace deck restaurant during dusk, the Rah Bagh offers little joys in the most amazing ways.
For me, the Rah Bagh in Srinagar is an ideal abode in the valley as it offers the best environment for creative souls. The calmness and stillness around the place are quite inviting. Before you realize it, the place envelopes you quietly.
WHAT MAKES RAH BAGH IN SRINAGAR STAND APART
The Rah Bagh has some distinctive characteristics which make it standalone in the crowd. Whether it’s the unbeatable location, warm hospitality, excellent room service, and lip-smacking food, I have listed down the top reasons that make this luxury boutique accommodation in Srinagar stand apart.
The location matters the most when it comes to holidays anywhere. As far as the Rah Bagh is concerned, the exceptional location scores the highest. Far away from Boulevard Road and the chaos of the city, the Rah Bagh celebrates silence in a grand set-up.
The property houses 33 sunlit rooms that offer picturesque views from each room. The best part is that the room in each category has sit-outs that allow guests to admire the captivating views with a hot cup of authentic Kahwah. The thoughtfully designed rooms are spread in a way that every room promises a great view with expected luxuries.
The only sound that travels to your ears at Rah Bagh is the sound of the wind. It lets you take a pause. Your hurried routine life suddenly turns into slow-paced where you don’t wish to check your watch.
CHALET STYLE ROYAL ATTIC SUITES
Another attractive thing about the Rah Bagh in Srinagar is the Chalet style Royal Attic Suites. Unlike other luxury properties in the valley, the architecture of the luxury boutique property scores high when it comes to look and feel. It gives you a feel of the Scandinavian architectural design with a high ceiling, wall-to-wall windows, and wood finishing.
The very first look of the Royal Attic Room was overwhelming. Tastefully designed, mindfully crafted corners, antique furniture and the traditional floor sitting area with the expansive balcony with jaw-dropping views were exceptionally elegant. A luxurious bathroom with a separate rain shower and Jacuzzi have added the much-needed charm to this suite.
I had spent a considerate amount of time on the balcony to just admire the imposing views of the Dal Lake every day.
ACCESSIBILITY TO TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Even though Rah Bagh is located at the outskirts of Srinagar, but the accessibility to the tourist places is never an issue since most of the prime city attractions are located within a few kilometers radius. You are never too far away from everything that is on your bucket list.
A must-visit for nature and wildlife enthusiasts is the Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary, just a 10-minute drive from the resort. For your Shikara ride on Dal Lake, one need not travel too far from the retreat since a few Ghats are close by. If you love visiting blooming gardens, then the captivating Shalimar Bagh is just four kilometers away.
Similarly, the famed Nishant Bagh on the bank of Dal Lake is hardly eight kilometers away from the property. And, if you are keen on experiencing the early morning floating vegetable market in Srinagar, you can access that easily without entering the city chaos. I would highly recommend this experience to add to your list as it is the best offbeat thing to do in Srinagar. (More about my experience of Floating Vegetable Market on my next Blog)
Kashmiri hospitality is known to the world. They are one of the most hospitable people in the world who never hesitate to go the extra mile to give an unforgettable travel experience to their guests. At Rah Bagh, the staff makes you feel at home and gives you some of the most cherished moments during your stay.
GREAT GASTRONOMICAL EXPERIENCE
If you are a food lover and relish the unique food platter of any place, then you have arrived at the right place. Whether it is an authentic Kashmiri dish like Rogan Josh, Punjabi delicacy like Butter Chicken, and Italian favorites like Pizza and Pasta, you will be amazed at the wide variety of lip-smacking food that is served to the guests at Rah Bagh.
I had an exceptional gastronomic experience at Rah Bagh in Srinagar. The executive Chef Pritpal Bakshi prepares every dish with so much love and serves with the perfection that you will end up craving more. The taste of Palak Kofta, Butter Chicken, and Dal Bukhara is still lingering in my mouth.
But the scene-stealer was an authentic Kashmiri dish, Rogan Josh. It was the most delicious local delicacy I had tasted, prepared by the Chef himself. Moreover, the most amazing thing about the dish was that it was way better prepared and presented by Chef Pritpal Bakshi than what I experienced in a local Kashmiri restaurant in Srinagar.
DO YOU STILL NEED MORE REASONS TO EXPERIENCE YOUR SERENE HOLIDAY AT THE RAH BAGH?
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