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Houseboat Stay - Afloat on Dal Lake

by afiatajdar 5 year, 8 months ago

Houseboats of Kashmir is a popular travel attractions among the tourists of Kashmir. A stay in these houseboats on the bank of Dal Lake is an ethereal experience, Read to get all the info on the houseboats of Kashmir.

The stay on Houseboats on Dal Lake on your Srinagar tour packages, is no less than living a dream. The houseboat rides on Kashmir are very different than that of Kerala and are moored at the Dal Lake and are made of wood with intricate carvings. Unlike the floating houseboats of Kerala, the Kashmir houseboats are stationary and suited only for accommodation. Also these houseboats are available in different sizes and categories. There are 1087 registered houseboats, out of which 703 are located  in Dal lake. While 173 are anchored in the Nagin lake, the 142 are on river Jhelum. Also note that the cost of the houseboat includes all meals and free rides from the houseboat to the nearest jetty and back, as no houseboat on the lakes is directly accessible from the banks.

Facilities on Houseboats
The major attraction for tourists in Kashmir, the houseboats, boasts of various international class facilities. The houseboats came with a capacity of 2 to 5 persons and can have up to three bedrooms apart from a living room and kitchen. Adjoining bathrooms, dressing rooms, drawing rooms, dinning rooms, a pantry and upper deck along with a balcony offering spectacular views are also part of the houseboats. The houseboats are usually run by the local families and offer great culinary delights to their guests. Sightseeing, fishing, trekking and various other vocational activities are also be requested while sojourning in the houseboat on your Srinagar honeymoon tours from Delhi.

Categories of Houseboats
While on a tour to the verdant valleys of Kashmir, tourists cannot afford to miss the chance to staying in a houseboat. The houseboats are noted for their whimsical and fancy names. The categories of Kashmir houseboats have been graded by the official Government department of Tourism of Kashmir and roughly three categories of houseboats can be hired in Kashmir. The Dal lake is divided in three parts and each part includes one among the three categories of houseboats.

Luxury Houseboats - Located on the Dal Lake, the luxury houseboats provide facilities similar to the five star hotel. Each boat has an assorted number of three to four bedrooms with a private bath and wash room and a fine dining area. The luxury houseboats have fine furniture, good carpets and modern bathroom fittings, a large front seated balcony, a sun deck and a small kitchenette. 24 hour back up and clean water supply is available in this category of houseboats. Personal cook and care taker are also available. The price of these boats range anywhere between Rs 2000 - 3000 for a night on your trip to Jammu and Kashmir.

Deluxe Houseboats - These are like 3 star hotels that strike a perfect balance of luxury and amenity. They are well equipped with modern facilities and well furnished. A distinctive dining room and a ‘houseboy’ are also available. The rooms have 24 hour power back up and clean water is available throughout the day. The Deluxe houseboats also offers services like laundry and doctor on call. They cost between Rs 1000 to 2000.

Standard Houseboats - These are the economically priced houseboats that do not provide too many services. The interiors of the houseboats are partly furnished and come with all the basic amenities. Any standard houseboat also provides a balcony in the front, a lounge, dining room, pantry and 3 or more bedrooms with attached bathrooms. These boats cost less than Rs 1200 for a night.

Please note that be it any category, but the rates of houseboats is inclusive of food and a care taker.

Food on Houseboats
Most of the houseboats in Kashmir are operated by the families and home prepared food is also offered to the guests. While on the houseboats in Kashmir don't miss to savour the traditional exotic ‘Wazwan’ a delightful array of dishes. The famous ‘Kahva’ tea should not be missed either. Other local dishes that one can enjoy during their stay in the Kashmir houseboats include Yakhni, Goshtaba, Burek and Zafrani Rogan Josh.

Attraction Near Houseboats
While on the houseboats of Kashmir one can enjoy a lot many activities other that just admiring the beauty of the place. You can book a shikara and take a ride of the Dal Lake. There are many floating markets on Dal Lake from where you can buy flowers and small souvenirs. On these shikaras you can sight the aquatic beings from very close as well. The shikaras charge around Rs 400 for a half day tour, though the price can be brought down further by bargaining. The nearby attractions like Mughal gardens, Jawahar Lal Kabootar khana and Nagin lake too can be enjoyed. Also include a holiday in Gulmarg when planning a houseboat holiday in Srinagar.

Where to Hire the Houseboats
Houseboats can be hired from three places around Srinagar - Dal lake, Nagin lake and River Jhelum. Among all the three of them, Dal Lake is the most favoured destination. To know more about location, amenities and activities and book the houseboats, one can go to
Houseboat Owners Association
Tele: + 91 194 2450326
Website :

Plan a houseboat tours to Srinagar in Kashmir and enjoy the most exuberant holiday amidst nature’s wonders.
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what is the cost of one night stay with 4 people in a standard house boat ( between may 11 to 15 th )which day is convienent told further.
Posted by vgrajendran 3 year ago
Need 2 nights houseboat on 2nd and 3rd may with delux catagory in dal lake. we...
Need 2 nights houseboat on 2nd and 3rd May with Delux catagory in DAL LAKE. We are 2 adults and with 8 year kid. Kindly provide me the rates with/without breakfast. Will appreciate to have few choices to pick from.
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