Vivanta by Taj – Dal View, Srinagar
What We Love
- Breathtaking hilltop location
- Large infinity pool overlooking the Zabarwan Mountains
- Choice of two restaurants
- A sunset houseboat ride across the mirror-like Dal Lake
What To Know
- Smoking is permitted in some rooms
- The hotel can arrange private candlelit dining by the lake
- Free WiFi for up to two devices
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
On a hill overlooking northern India’s Zabarwan Mountains, this lakeside retreat is a lesson in understated luxury. The burnt-orange building is inspired by traditional Kashmiri design but the sleek interiors feature polished wood floors, oversize copper pendant lamps and high vaulted ceilings. The 84 guestrooms are similarly opulent with private balconies overlooking the lake or the gardens. Jamawar paisley silk headboards, colonial-style shutters and carved walnut light panels set the traditional tone, with earthy oranges and olives echoing the stunning landscape. At Latitude, sample pan-Indian delicacies, or trout caught fresh from the lake that morning. Jade Dragon serves mouthwatering Sichuan cuisine in a formal dining room with tinted-mirror walls. Don’t miss the signature dessert: jasmine tea mousse made with local lotus stem. No trip to Kashmir is complete without a houseboat cruise on Dal Lake; a moonlight glide on the traditional “Shikara” (which can be organized by the property) is a romantic excursion not to be missed.
In the Area
Dal Lake offers some wonderful surprises for the first-time visitor. The Floating Vegetable Market, where colorful produce is hawked on equally colorful boats, takes place every morning at 6 a.m. The scene is idyllic — farmers come laden with onions, tomatoes, water chestnuts, flowers and saffron — so bring your camera. The hotel also arranges tours of a local papier-mâché factory, where the ancient Kashmiri art is produced by expert craftsmen. Nature lovers will not be disappointed either. Nearby Dachigham National Park is home to the Himalayan black bear as well as a host of diverse flora and fauna.
How to Get There
I stayed in June when weather was hot. So we enjoyed the outdoor swimming pool where water temperature was just perfect in the afternoon. Views around Infinity pool are very scenic. Landscaping is well done and maintained. Changing rooms doesn't have steam and sauna. They need to be maintained. Latitude restaurant is perfect with awesome food. Lobby area is nice. Rooms are big and comfortable unlike Lalit where we stayed previously. As regards services they were prompt and fine.
On a clear day, this place has the best view in the city! Located on top of a mountain (literally), one side shows the city, the other Dal and the Golf course. The staff is courteous and there is lots to do in the hotel itself!
The hotel was superb. The view was excellent.the food wasn’t too good.
It was too misty most of the day.
The service was lovely.
Rooms were spacious and warm.
Room service was good and staff were polite.
No night life.
I booked Taj by paying premium and expecting wow experience but it was not. Except location,rest all are like normal hotel we are staying. Staff was very good, breakfast was nice but overall resort and experience not up to mark
Taj was an amazing experience ,
The view from the room was very nice .
The best place was the restaurant “ infinity “ they had very nice food specially the butter chicken the hospitality at infinity was wonderful because of a great staff person named “ Sanjay Mahato “ he was the person who made my trip very special . The hotel is very grand with personal gardens too. Everything about taj is special. I wish to come back to taj Srinagar as it was marvellous.