there is paradise on Earth - it is in Kashmir, India. To get round the
paradise one of the best ways to enjoy your holiday is Kashmir would be
houseboat holiday. The city of Srinagar boasts of a variety of lakes like
the Dal, Nagin and Anchor, though the River Jhelum too flows through it.
There is ample opportunity for the houseboats to cruise and offer you the
picture perfect holidays. House Boats - The Floating Palaces
Floating on a picture perfect lake or moored by the edge of
Kashmir's famous houseboats is the way to see how
this place earned the name, "The Venice of the East". The silent
atmosphere, breathtaking view and homely comfort gives freshness and renewed
energy to any exhausted traveler.
The tourist can choose from the
wide variety of houseboats according to their needs & requirements. The
grand "Firdous" has three double bedrooms with attached bathrooms,
hot and cold water, living room. "Khushal" has two double bedrooms
and all other desired 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 it's beauty.
Dal Lake is famous for the comfortable houseboats as well as the Shikaras.
Each houseboat has anything between two and four bedrooms in it with
attached bathrooms and a common sitting and dining room. The charges of a
houseboat always include all meals and a certain number of crossings by
shikara to and from the houseboat. Water - powered
peddlers sell everything from saffron to paper mache deer to the houseboat
Ride a Shikara - a Kashmiri gondola - to the watery vegetable
markets and see the mountains mirrored in the lakes.
wonderful houseboat provide the homely comfort, food of your taste and has
many options open to your choice such as a shikara ride, sunbathing on the
houseboats top-deck, shopping, trekking, relaxing, reading and just being
served whatever desired. This unique Kashmiri tradition
of gracious waterside living originated with the first British residents of
In order to prevent them from assuming power, the
of Kashmir forbade the British to own land; their solution was to build
their residences on water, with the houseboats evolving from modest floating
homes to veritable floating palaces. These hand-built houseboats, boasting
all the amenities of 5-star hotels, are one of Srinagar's stellar
These enchanting residences range from 60 to 150 ft.
long, are 15 to 20 ft. wide and each is unique. There are spacious
four-bedroom boats and cozy two-bedrooms; all feature attached bathrooms,
electricity and modern plumbing. The cedar interiors are intricately carved
and display the consummate artistry of Kashmiri craftsmen. The furnishings
include embroidered native rugs and fabrics, local objects d'art, and
solidly comfortable Victorian and Edwardian furniture. These luxurious boats
also feature rooftop sundecks from which to take in the Himalayan views and
enjoy the brisk fresh air. A houseboat holiday is also
an unusual gourmet experience.
Our chefs will prepare
finest Kashmiri dishes, including barbecued lamb kabobs marinated in
fragrant herbs), Rista (juicy, delicately seasoned lamb meatballs), Tabaq
maz, fresh saffron rice and Goshtaba, dishes typically prepared only as part
of the special Wazwan celebrations. Our chef will also prepare Western style
meals to order. Every meal is a festive occasion with the finest local
dishes served in classic British style - on linen and lace, with silver and
china. Sit back and enjoy desert, firni(a special dessert pudding made of
rice, raisins, nuts, saffron and milk) and a pot of Kahwa (our local green