The distinctive experience of staying in a wood paneled elegant bedroom along
with a host of other facilities in the Kashmir houseboats- in Srinagar goes a
long way in making your stay worthwhile and memorable. The Kashmir houseboats;
provide you with all the luxury that an up market hotel would normally
provide. The fantastic view of the lakes, mountain slopes and the sprawling
gardens that Srinagar is famous for are all viewable from these Kashmir
Houseboat were introduced accidentally in Kashmir. Most of British Civil and
Military officers serving in the plains used to come to Kashmir with their
families for holidays. They wanted to built houses for themselves but the
Maharaja (King) of Kashmir of that time was suspicious of their designs and
did not allow them to buy land, so they built the first Houseboat- named
Victory designed by Mr M T Kenhard in 1888. Later other copied this design and
now there are about 500 Houseboats in Srinagar for commercial purpose .
The thousand or so Kashmir houseboats in Srinagar are moored along Dal and Nagin Lakes and River Jhelum. Some have Romantic names. Other still are named in keeping with the beauty of the place.
The Kashmir houseboats in Srinagar vary in their degree of luxury and have been categorized by the Tourist Department accordingly. The luxury category of Kashmir houseboats- speak of class and elegance with wooden paneled bedrooms, balconies, fine dining experience and a host of other recreational facilities. The lowest categories of Kashmir houseboats- in Srinagar are sparingly furnished but provide you with comfortable rooms and sumptuous meals. There is a houseboy in almost all of these houseboats who cater to your daily services from bringing tea to dusting the rooms.
On board the Kashmir houseboats in Srinagar there are every comfort that a discerning customer wants. The rooms are incorporated with the latest amenities for a hassle free stay. Privacy is well maintained in these houseboats. You can visit many places while in these houseboats or can also rent a shikhara which can be seen moored alongside the houseboats
Every standard houseboats in Srinagar provide you with a balcony, a lounge, dining room, and 3 or more bedroom with attached bathroom. Three meals are served daily and you can take your pick from Indian, Kashmiri cuisine and Western fare.