The allure of staying on a Kashmiri houseboat in a cedar-panelled bedroom with all the conveniences of a luxury hotel is truly irresistible. Fancifully bedecked and romantically named, these houseboats vary in their degree of luxury, quite like hotels. Houseboat stays have long been in fashion in Kashmir and have been attracting travellers for years. Retaining houseboats is a household company and you are treated much like household members during your stay. Apart from luxurious bedrooms, dining rooms, lounge and attached bathrooms, you also have balconies where you are able to spend your time eye feasting. Travellers can effortlessly select from a wide array and categories of houseboats. Some of these houseboats also offer tourists free shikara rides on Dal Lake.
Kashmir Houseboat Facilities
The enchanting water-boat residences crafted out of cedar wood are elegantly finished with stately living quarters, drawing and dining rooms, carved wooden furniture, glowingly embroidered rugs and fabrics. The large windows the houseboats face the large Himalayan mountains and also the Dal lake covered with stunning lotus flowers. The silent atmosphere, breathtaking view and homely comfort give freshness and renewed energy to any exhausted traveler.
The grand "Firdous" has three double bedrooms with attached bathrooms, hot and cold water, living room. "Khushal" has two double bedrooms and all other preferred comforts as above. "Nishat" and "Kushdil" are both the favorites of newly wedded honeymooners, as they have one double bedroom and all the comforts of privacy, facing the lake with its magnificence.
The wonderful houseboats in Kashmir supply the homely comfort, food of your taste, numerous choices open to your choice like a shikara trip, sunbathing on the houseboats top-deck, buying, trekking, soothing, reading and just being served whatever preferred.
Categories of Houseboats in Kashmir
For the convenience of tourists, the State Tourism Department has classified the houseboats into five categories - Deluxe, A, B, C and D. Srinagar has a total of 1087 registered houseboats, out of which 702 are anchored in Dal Lake, 173 in Nagin Lake, 142 on River Jhelum, 5 on Dal Lake close to Naseem Bagh and also the rest are anchored in other lakes.
Most of the Deluxe category houseboats are anchored in Dal Lake and Nagin Lake.Besides, you will find 129 A-class houseboats, 124 B-class houseboats, 134 C-class houseboats and 351 D-class houseboats. For much more info on categories and booking of houseboats, you are able to get in touch with our travel counsellors.
Location of Houseboats
Like categories, the location of houseboats also vary and you are able to usually select as per your individual options and preferences. Some of the Kashmir houseboats are located overlooking the primary road, some lie overlooking the wonderful lotus gardens while others stand facing tiny villages and nearby markets which are correct in the middle with the lake.