First of all let me tell you that I completely agree with all the reviews on TA. This is a place you should stay if you want to experience Kashmir.
I was confused while planning my Kashmir tour but after contacting Mr. Firdous from Blooming Dale all the confusion was gone. Mine was a very short tour to Kashmir, it was a 4 nights stay. We booked 2 double rooms for 4 people. The entire booking process was very smooth, you just need to shoot an email to Mr. Firdous or call him. After exchanging many emails with Mr. Firdous I decided to book entire package for 5 days with him. I had my itinerary ready and Mr. Firdous helped me to improve it.
The location of the hotel is very good. A two minutes walk to Dal Lake and all the market area nearby. There are many restaurant nearby where you can get authentic Kashmiri food as well as good quality North Indian food.
Our driver promptly picked us up from the airport and dropped off to the hotel. We were welcomed by Mr. Firdous with Kashmiri Kahwa and helped to the rooms. The rooms flooring is all carpeted which is necessary in cold weather of Srinagar. We were given ground floor rooms 101 and 102. The room is enough for 2 people. Room has a dedicated space to keep bags, a dressing table with mirror, one king size bed and a small single bed both fitted with eletrically heated blankets. There is also a small LED TV with good selection of channels. There is a big problem of electricity in Srinagar, but this hotel has its own backup generator which starts within minutes and you are not deprived of hot water or warm and cosy blankets. Each room also has an emergency lamp in case of light failure at night.
The bathroom is also big and clean. A big boiler is fitted into all bathrooms to provide with 24x7 hot water. They provide with towels and soap for the stay. The bathroom and room is cleaned everyday which is a very nice touch for a small hotel.
There is a small lobby where you can get many travel guide books and leaflet, but you don't need them as Mr. Firdous will guide you for each day of your tour. He writes down small notes for the day regarding what places to see and how to not fall far touts at various tourists places. All the tips given by him were very helpful in making our vacation pleasant. This place also has a small dining hall with capacity of 20 people for having breakfast and meals. We had a package which included breakfast which was very good to start your day with. Unfortunately we didn't get chance to have any meals at Blooming Dales. Also there is a small garden where you can enjoy the meals if weather permits.
Hospitality of Mr. Firdous is amazing, never hesitate to ask him questions about your trip. We once just asked for a good shop to buy jackets and shawls, and he himself dropped us to a nice fixed price shop where we got good quality jackets and cheap rates. He even arranged a drop back to the hotel. He goes out of the way to help you and make your stay memorable.
All the tours arranged by Mr. Firdous were good and as per my plans I was able to cover all the things even in a short 5 days tour. The taxis, the drivers, the staff at the hotel are all welcoming and ready to help. Mr. Firdous also gave a small souvenir during our departure.
Overall a very nice place to enjoy Kashmiri Hospitality. Though the name say's it a Hotel, I would like to categorize it as a Homestay just because of the warm hospitality.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BLOOMING DALE is located in the heart of Srinagar just 2 - 3 minutes walk from world famous Dal Lake.Our rooms are spacious and the baths neat and spotless. Food is served with great sense of hospitality and strictly as per choice of the guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blooming Dale Hotel Cottages Srinagar, Asia - Kashmir