A Quick Head to The Hills!

Tripoto
23rd Apr 2016
Photo of A Quick Head to The Hills! by Anuj Tikku

The sweltering heat of Delhi was getting to me again and I yearned for cooler climes. It was sapping my energy and the house redecoration is still on. I was getting agitated. I had to head for the hills to escape the heat. I made up my mind in a few minutes and booked a ticket to Srinagar through my Jet Airways Loyalty Point Program again! A return ticket cost me 20000 Points and it was all Business Class. I was flying Jet Business Class for the first time. Jet Business Class was a good trip. I used the Priority Lounge while waiting for the flight and enjoyed a full breakfast and beverages at no extra cost.

Jet Airways Business Class Menu

Photo of Delhi, India by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Delhi, India by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Delhi, India by Anuj Tikku

I enjoyed the wide seats and leg rest. There was a special Business Class Menu also which I devoured with relish. I booked two nights at the Al Zahoor Inn through OYO Rooms at Rs 3800 for two nights. The service of the portal is fantastic and payment was online. I got a text message from OYO as I landed into Srinagar giving me contact details of the staff and directions too. All paid and clear transaction. Rs 500 to the cabbie who dropped me to the Hotel. At Al Zahoor, they were waiting for me and ushered me to the Premium Room. It was nice, tidy and well lit up with all the facilities that OYO had listed. I was impressed.

The valley was chilly and I bumped into a few fans of mine who had seen me in Mumbai. I drove around the city across the Dal Lake, sipping coffee and enjoying the nip in the air. At night, it was off to my favourite restaurant AHDOOS in Lal Chowk.

Photo of Dal Lake, Srinagar by Anuj Tikku

I finished a whole thali of Kashmiri wazwan with tabak maas, gushtaba, mirchi mass and saag with a large portion of rice, all for Rs 700. It was delicious thumbs up to Ahdoos. The restaurant was drowned in the flood but it has re-opened after some renovation. I salute the spirit of the Kashmiri people. Strolling down the lanes of Lal Chowk, I ventured back to the warm cosy comfort of my room.

Photo of Ahdoos Hotel, Srinagar by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Ahdoos Hotel, Srinagar by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Ahdoos Hotel, Srinagar by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Ahdoos Hotel, Srinagar by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Ahdoos Hotel, Srinagar by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Ahdoos Hotel, Srinagar by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Ahdoos Hotel, Srinagar by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Ahdoos Hotel, Srinagar by Anuj Tikku

Originally posted on TikkusTravelthon.in

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