Tuesday, February 22, 2011


The Nedou’s Hotel was founded by Michael Adam Nedou,  an architect by profession who had traveled to India from port city of Ragusa ( Dubrovnik) to construct a palace for the erstwhile Maharaja Of Gujarat .
Michael Adam Nedou built his first hotel in Lahore in 1880 and this Hotel was the flagship of the Nedou’s chain. It was Michael Adam Nedou’s dream to expand his hotel chain into the picturesque Valley of Kashmir. The Nedou’s Hotel Gulmarg and srinagar were built in 1888.

   ( Old Photo of Nedou's Hotel Lahore . Now AVARI HOTEL has come up at this site )

Incidentally 1933 ,Sheikh Mohd Abdullah married Akbar Jahan, the daughter of Michael Harry Nedou, the eldest son of Michael Adam Nedou.Michael Harry Nedou had married a local girl namely MIRJAN. Presently Nedou's Gulmarg is doing good business while a major portion of srinagar Nedou's is in bad shape needing extensive repairs and renovation.The picture of Srinagar Nedou's is prior to the present turmoil in Kashmir valley.  Tragic is the condition of  such  heritage buildings at the moment .  Only a  few in Srinagar are now aware of the  glorious  history of this Grand hotel  . I add that Nadim sahib Immortal Opera" Bombur Te Yemberzal "was first performed in this Hotel only. This opera was witnessed by a select VVIP gathering consisting of the Russian leaders like Marshal Bulganin and Nikita Khrushchev.

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