Nishan Choubey review by Manu Ganapati Bhat

On 02 May 2017
Will Recommend to Others
The trip was really good. To start off , we landed in Chandigarh and got picked up . The innova which was provided was good and the driver was very humble and friendly. We stayed at RV continental in Amritsar which was not in a good locality and the facilities were sort of ok. I would rate 3.5/5. Driver did not have too much information about Amritsar local but he was able to ask and find. We moved to Katra and the stayed for 2 nights. The rooms are not on par with a 3 star hotel. Some rooms are situated right next to an upcoming building and there is no ventilation. Staff was friendly and it was a walkable distance from Rly Station.I would rate 4/5. For Mata Vaishnodevi darshan you can either walk ,11kms uphill or take horse/pony or go by Palki/Doli or by helicopter. Helicopters are almost impossible to book since its booked 2 months in advance. You can go half way upto Adhkuvari (6.5km) and then choose to go by Electric auto(daytime only) . While descending you can go and enquire helicopter since many people only book one way heli.
We then went to Pahalgam and stayed at Hamdard resort which was really nice. Its a small resort but clean with facilities. Rate 4.5/5. We then went to Srinagar and stayed at Badyari resort. First of all this resort is in a swampy location by the Dal lake. The road reaching to the resort is all dug up and dirty. The staff here is friendly . But for some reason the towels were smelly and rooms were not cleaned even after multiple requests. Again not a 3 star worthy place. I would rate 3/5. When you are visiting places in Kashmir just be wary or Horse/Pony rides and guides. Most of the times a guide is not needed at all and if you can walk about a kilometer then avoid a horse since these guys charge too much and on top they ask for Baksheesh. We visited Gulmarg and ski . Luckily we got snowfall in Sonmarg since it was a rainy day . For pure vegetarians , you dont have to worry since right from Amritsar till Gulmarg or Sonmarg you will have plenty of pure veg restaurants. Even in Srinagar you have vegetarian restaurants.
Thanks to tripfactory for making this trip wonderful and memorable.
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