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
We stayed for two nights
The food was just too good .the chefs really looked after us and gave personal attention.
The rooms were excellent .the size of room is large ,specially the bathrooms .housekeeping was excellent .the view from the rooms is amazing .
We were a family of 5, they were accommodating enough to give us a connecting room and were very patient to heed to our requests. Room service was great and prompt.
They even had departure gift when we were leaving. The security is extremely tight.
We have been at 6 Taj properties across the country, but Dal lake was just average. The check-in experience left a lot to be desired. We booked a room one category above standard and asked for a room with a view, not knowing that all rooms come with a view. The person upsold us a baclony room for 2000+taxes extra. Nowhere else at Taj have they ever tried to hustle an upgrade like this. Especially since the hotel was at barely 25% occupancy.After check-in the keycard didnt work. turns out there was a tech glitch. Which was fine. They took 45 minutes to fix it. But until then while the keycard was at reception nobody thought of putting a spare card in the slot so that lights and heating work and we dont freeze. We used our pancard in the keyslot until then.The food & staff at INFINITY is A+! Full marks to the F&B department and all the good folks manning the restaurant. The lamb and veggie dishes we tried from the menu were excellent. The breakfast buffet is very limited compared to anything at Taj Goa/Mumbai, but it's still nice nevertheless and the staff is very attentive.
From as long as I can rmemebrr we have been staying at the Lalit, but our last visit was v bad there and the food a major disappointment.. That's when we came to Vivanta..loved the food n ate here everyday.. The rooms are fantastic..we took the villas facing the lake.. It loves upto the Taj standards. Mhighly recommended..
Beautiful Place Awesome View Excellent Food Very helpful and cooperative staff.I had a very good experience at the hotel and I would recommend my family and friends to use this hotel. The staff at the front office and reception are very warm and helpful