This place is great, and the personal is even greater. We got there in a group of 6 people and stayed for 5-6 days. Everything was perfect, each day they gave us wonderful diners, and taking care of us for any thing that we wanted.
Highly recommended to have some of the greats teas that they prepare
-Constantly trying to rip us off in a serious way
-Constantly trying to make us go on unwanted trips and scare us from doing things with out him to make us spend money with him
-Inappropriate sexual remarks with his wife being the one cooking our meals
-Made awful and disgraceful remarks about his wife
-Works with the Backpackers company in Delhi which robbed us
-Food was good once otherwise for what we paid hardly got much at all
-I was given a waiting list ticket by the backpacker company which he knew and connivence me it was fine and got I got driven to Jummu alone with no connecting train and hardly anyone
-Really ruined our stay please do not support this. There are lots of lovely and trusting people to go with
I was defiantly ignorant in many ways but he was also a manipulator. STAY AWAT PLEASE!!!
Very friendly family, fantastic hosts. The food was clean, safe home cooking, very tasty and amongst the best we had in India. Faisal will take you camping and trekking for anywhere between one night and a week, as you wish. This was the highlight of our stay. All the equipment is provided for a fee, even walking boots if they have your size. Visit Dal Lake and the local gardens, all organised by your host. Kashmir carpet shops available to visit.
Would be a great start/end point for any journey in India and is the complete opposite of Delhi - relaxing, amazing scenery.
I stayed there for 4 nights last year with my partner, and it was a dreadful experience.
We had not realised the place was so far from everything and the owner took every advantage there was to take, even telling us it was not safe to walk around town without a guide.
The food was the worst we had anywhere in India, and the place is so remote there isn't a restaurant around.
We asked the owner to organise a tour of the city and surroundings for us and from that moment he tried to rip us off.
We had to bargain for 3 hours to get the price down to something reasonable. And the next day he told us the price we had agreed upon was for one person, not two. So another 3 hours of bargaining we could have done without.
Every time we came back after a day out he would try to sell us something, or talk politics for as long as we could stand it.
I'm sure he can appear charming to non hardened tourists who have no idea what price they should pay for a service. But if you don't comply, he'll stop being friendly very fast.
The room rate is not too expensive but it's worth paying just a little extra to be on the other side of the lake and not ever meet that man.
It was just so nearly the best experience of my life. The first and most pressing point to this hotel is the view. The mountains surround you, the characterful city of Srinigar is within viewing distance and the stunning Dal lake is clearly seen from this charming quaint house. The hospitality is second to none, delicious Kashmiri food (chicken mostly, but goooood chicken) is prepared for you every day and the quality of cuisine was consistent. The family is very friendly and takes care of you. HOWEVER.. as mentioned on this page, money is an issue. You cannot help but feel they want every penny off of you and it is a real spoiler. EG A taxi to Gulmarg, the snow topped mountain 2.5 hours away should cost about 2500 rupees, or 26 GBP. The so called package deal they offered us for a day skiing and a day long trek cost 14500 rupees... all inclusive. But it wasn't! When Skiing, we had to fork out another 33 GBP for expenses we were not warned about, and another 4 or 500 rupees for the hike. It all just did not add up.
My friend and I feel it could be worth staying here, but avoiding any package deals they offer you and organizing it all yourself. I think this strikes a happy-ish medium.
It seems insignificant but it is not a nice feeling and one that I certainly would not replicate here. If money is not an issue, I cannot reccomend the place highly enough. As mentioned it is paradisaical and beautiful, but for students like me, it is not feasible to be ripped off, even if it was worth the money.