The Dak Hermitage occupies the top floor of a charming, 100+ year-old two-story colonial bungalow made of stone and wood. If you're looking for a "boutique hotel" experience in Srinagar at reasonable rates, and away from the touristy hubbub near the lake, this is a great place. It's situated at the edge of a quiet residential colony, and yet is on the Jhelum river, walking distance from "downtown" and the old city beyond, and a 20-minute walk from the lake (or a 5 minute bus-ride away). The museum is also nearby.
The entrance to the rooms is via a gangway that leads from road-level straight to the top floor and to a large balcony surrounded by greenery. The interiors are well-maintained and bathrooms are modern. This isn't a commercial hotel - more of a Mom & Pop setup, and has a homey feel, which is accentuated by the balcony, large common sitting room (with a real olde world colonial feel!) and personable proprietors, who live below on the ground floor. Unfortunately, their lovely lawn is not accessible to guests, but we can look down upon it from above!
There is a market nearby for everyday needs, and for those who like to explore the city/surrounding areas using public transport, there is a stop for the ubiquitous "mini buses" a minute's walk away, taking you anywhere in Srinagar and then beyond in the valley.
In short, if you're looking for a charming, quiet and homey place to stay in Srinagar, in a lovely old house that is still centrally located, this is an excellent bet!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover all that Kashmir has to offer with Dak Hermitage as a base, a heritage property in the heart of Srinagar on the banks of Jehlum River, The Dak Hermitage boasts a convenient location with modern amenities in every guestroom and superb service. 1 km from city centre, posh locality, beautiful view. Hotel facilities offered at this Srinagar accommodation include Wi-Fi, 24 hr room service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Dak Hermitage Srinagar, Kashmir