If you're looking for a “stay in the mountains within the warmth of a room” then Mount View in Pahalgam is the place you should be headed to. Book yourself a family suite, like we did and you’ll be lucky to wake up in the morning surrounded by snow covered mountains on three sides.
However, be prepared for budget hotel facilities although the rates are not budget ( but everything in Kashmir is far more expensive than other places) but the breathtaking views more than compensate for it.
We visited Pahalgam in November and since the temperature plummets all of a sudden at night, ensure that you’re provided with an electric blanket.
The location of the hotel, uniquely provides you with the best of both – natural scenery and yet located a stone’s throw from the market.
The hotel infact, sits right next to the River Lidder. If you're here for more than one morning, then you must go on a little adventure . Go on a walk along the river banks. Run down the steps next to the hotel’s garden and you’ll find yourself on the path frequented by the locals. Enjoy the towering mountain ranges, as I did while photographing the river as she gurgles along the sides of the hotel.
Make it a point to spend some time in the garden . While some early risers do their exercises , I took the opportunity to click the mountains in the background with the beautiful flowers of the hotel in the foreground of my camera frame.
The food is wholesome and nothing fancy but since we were not expecting much we were fine.
As the hotel caters to large tourist groups as well, buffets are quite common here. It helps to fix a package in advance with meals included ( especially in the off season when you can hope to drive a hard bargain).
Since we enjoyed Pahalgam so much, the snow at Chandanwadi, the picturesque Betaab valley and last but not the least the meadow at Beisaran valley, was memorable.
I must tell you, that one of the plus points for opting for this hotel is that “ponywallahs” pick up and drop you right from the hotel doorstep.
Step out anytime from the hotel during the day or in the evening, for a round of shopping. The quality of things whether woolens or papier mache items in this market are far better than what you would get in Srinagar.
In all it was a memorable stay at Mount view. I would definitely recommend it to fellow travellers but with the caveat that don’t expect the moon and you shall be pleased.
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