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Staying experience in a houseboat of Srinagar is no less than living in a fantastic dream. Houseboats were originally introduced by the British in 19th century and now, it has become an integral part of the Srinagar tourism. No tourist would love to return from their Srinagar trip unless he/she spend a night or two in a houseboat. This is what all tourists actually feel for houseboats. These are the floating boat beautifully crafted and designed with essential facilities for the purpose of tourist’s accommodation. A staying experience in Houseboat is far different than the hotels. In houseboat, one can view beautiful sights of water, sunset, bird life, mountain peaks right from the sun deck or window, which you would barely find in a hotel. It is a lifetime opportunity to stay on waters while spending your holidays in Srinagar.

Houseboats in Srinagar signify a rich Kashmiri culture in its interior decoration. These houseboats are beautifully embellished with exotic Kashmiri handicrafts items and arts. Built in fine quality cedar wood, Srinagar houseboats have unique beauty in their designs and structures. Boats are perfectly clubbed with attached bath, bedrooms, living area, dining room and sun deck area. The houseboat will surely leave a lasting impression of the warm Kashmiri hospitality. There are about 1400 houseboats in Dal Lake and Nagin Lake. However, concentrations of houseboats are more in Dal Lake because of its advantageous location. Nagin Lake is much quitter and peaceful, but by no means less beautiful than Dal Lake. Usually, international tourists prefer to stay in houseboats of Nagin Lake for its peaceful environment. While your stay in a houseboat in Dal Lake, you can even take an early morning Shikara ride to the floating market.


  • Houseboats are categorized into various categories like standard, deluxe and Super Deluxe. It is advisable to stay in deluxe or super deluxe rather than standard houseboats to have a comfortable stay.
  • All houseboats are clubbed with a living room, dining hall along with 2 or 3 guestrooms. Each houseboat has an attached pantry boat at the rear side.
  • Pantry boats of the houseboats offer various cuisines such as Indian, Kashmiri and Continental.
    Houseboats are electrified and well maintained.
  • Avoid touts and book through a reliable travel agent like Kashmirtourism.org.
  • Unlike Kerala’s houseboats, these houseboats are static and do not move any way. For cruising purpose, Shikara rides are available.
  • Check the approved rate before you book the houseboat.

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