Srinagar: Mumbai tourist Ishika Savla and her family had come to Kashmir hoping to have an ‘unforgettable trip’. But, he fell seriously ill while staying at the North Kashmir Gulmarg ski resort.
Not only was he brought to a city hospital in the middle of the night in snowy conditions from the hotel in Gulmarg where he was staying, but the tourist’s staff and travel agent also looked after him for eight days.
After returning to Mumbai, the tourist has now penned a moving note on Instagram where he called Kashmiris ‘beautiful human beings from paradise’.
“We were faced with a tragic incident… a life or death situation in the middle of the night. These 2 staff from @thevintagegulmarg selflessly helped us for 8 days with @sahil.sarang in the hospital as well. Yakub & Wasim were extremely kind as was the General Manager @thevintagegulmarg who understood our situation and offered all the help needed allowing the staff to continue to be with us. Not just them, even our travel agent @kashmirexpress Dawoodbhai made sure we were comfortable and provided the best,” he wrote on Instagram.
“This trip is going to be unforgettable with fond memories of the best.. Truly HEAVEN ON EARTH – KASHMIR.. The way we love Kashmir for its beauty and nature.. KASHMIRIS are truly humble and also beautiful human beings of the sky. Grateful for everything. Cannot thank Kashmir enough..!! Last but not least.. Thank you to the family and friends who came to help us in these difficult times,” added Savla.
The tourist’s travel agent, Dawood, who runs the ‘Kashmir Express’, said the tourist had caught pneumonia and they had ensured that he was taken to hospital.
“He (Ishika Savla) had pneumonia but his condition worsened overnight. Gulmarg is covered in snow and night travel is difficult. However, staff at Vintage Hotel, Gulmarg Mumbai brought him to SMHS Hospital around 2:30 a.m. In fact, it took them two hours to reach Tangmarg from Gulmarg. As I live in Karannagar, I was waiting for them at the hospital,” he told the Kashmir Monitor.
“Since the tourist couple and their little child passed through me, we also took care of them in the hospital before they returned to Mumbai. I am happy that they wrote a heartfelt note for us,” said he added.
The tourist also thanked the doctors of the SMHS hospital.
“First and foremost the best Doctors in SMHS Govt. Hospital (Shri Maharaja Hari Singh) Dr Rakesh Koul & Dr Zubair. Special thanks to Medical Superintendent Mr Kanwaljeet Singh for running a huge busy hospital with such ease and a very supportive and caring man himself (sic),” he wrote.