Srinagar Hotels

Deluxe Houseboat on Dal Lake - Srinagar

Houseboat is a Novel type of accommodation available in Kashmir. Living on a houseboat experiences a fun and real joy for those who experience such stay and always carry cherishing moments along with as a memory for the entire lifetime. The Staff at service on a Houseboat comprises of a Captain, Room Boy, Chef , besides attached Shikara with Shikara-wala for To and Fro Crossings and other Shikara Rides. Thus one feels homely atmosphere while one’s stay on a Houseboat. The houseboat is usually made out of Cedar wood. One has to spend lavishly on the houseboat with modern amenities and facilities available on the houseboat.

Many tourists are attracted to Srinagar by the charm of staying on a houseboat, which provides the unique experience of living on the water in a cedar-paneled elegant bedroom, with all the conveniences of a luxury hotel. Srinagar's thousand or so houseboats are connected along sections of the Dal and Nagin Lakes and river Jhelum, each decorated fancifully and named romantically and even whimsically.

Deluxe Houseboat:
Deluxe houseboats in India are mainly common to two regions - Kerala and Kashmir. Most of the deluxe houseboats in Kashmir are moored. A deluxe houseboat encompasses good furniture, carpets, modern bathroom fittings, a balcony in the front, a lounge, dining/sitting room, pantry. In Jammu and Kashmir, a houseboy is also at your disposal to do the running around. Staying in the lap of luxury while in the lap of nature was no so appealing. With all the amenities of a luxury hotel, deluxe houseboats offer tourists an old world charm coupled with a cozy feel.

The houseboats in the state of Jammu and Kashmir are usually moored at the fringes of the lakes such as Dal and Nageen. These deluxe houseboats are fit for a king and are made of wood, and boast of elegantly carved wood paneling. The houseboats are of different types offering as many as three bedrooms apart from a living room and kitchen.


Like hotels, houseboats vary in degree of luxury and have been accordingly graded by the Department of Tourism. A Deluxe houseboat has fine furniture, good carpets and modern bathroom fittings, while the ‘D category’ (the lowest category) of houseboats, like low-budget hotels, is spartanly furnished. Like hotels too, houseboats vary widely in their locations. Some overlook the main road, others look out onto lotus gardens and yet others face tiny local markets and villages, all right in the middle of the lake! All houseboats, regardless of category, have highly personalized service. Not only is there always a "houseboy" for every boat, but the owner and his family are never far away. The cost per day of hiring a 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. Other facilities include: Kitchen Facilities, Laundry Facilities, DVD Library, Card Phones, Bicycle Hire, Hot Tub, Cable TV, Outdoor Terraced Area, BBQ Area, Airport Transfers, Parking, Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Swimming Pool, Hair Dryer, Daily Housekeeping, Mini Bar, Luggage Storage, 24 Hour Reception, Currency Exchange etc.


Every standard houseboat provides a balcony in the front, a lounge, dining room, pantry and 3 or more bedrooms with attached bathrooms. All houseboats not moored to the bank of the river or lakes provide a Shikara as a free service from the houseboat to the nearest Ghat (jetty). Virtually every houseboat in Srinagar has been provided with a municipal water connection.
Houseboat with modern amenities and facilities available like, Corridor, Drawing room, Dinning room, Pantry, 02 to 07 bed rooms with attached fully sanitary fitted bath rooms with hot and cold water running. The accessories usually are carved out of Walnut wood and to add to the beauty of houseboats, these accessories are put in various rooms and even the doors and windows have walnut wood carving touch and also provides Sun Deck to have an experience of Sun bath. The interior furnishing is lavish which covers Carpets, Crewel Curtains, Embroidered Bed Sheets, foot mats etc.
Other Services at the Houseboat are-
• Drawing cum sitting room with latest modern facilities i.e. furniture (Walnut Made) and fixture.
• The Houseboat consists of 2 - 5 Bed rooms with walnut wood made beds, Dressing table, peg Tables and Bed Side Tables along with latest modern mattresses, bed covers, pillows and other required linen, besides having attached bath with latest modern cleanliness and other accessories. One has running hot and cold water in the respective bath rooms.
• Pantry with latest modern utensils etc.
• A full fledged Dinning room (Walnut made furniture dinning table and Chairs) with latest modern cutlery and crockery.
• All boats are modern, clean and very well equipped.
• All boats have large holding tanks for toilets and grey water tanks.
• All roofs are sun decks accessible by stairs complete with steering station and picnic tables.
• The boats have thermostatically controlled heat, 12 volt lights, AM/FM CD players, generators and TV-VCRs and DVD players.
• Drinking water systems are filtered to I Micron absolute with additional treatment.
• The full bathrooms have hot and cold running water and are completely stocked.
• The kitchens have oven/stove, microwave and fridge as well.
• Sheets, pillows and blankets are provided for each bed.
• There is no worry about taking small children aboard the houseboats.
• Upper decks have child-proof railings and there are special life jackets for the kids.

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