“Agar firdous baroye zameen ast, hami asto, hami asto, hami asto” – the famous lines by renowned Sufi poet Amir Khusro explains Kashmir at its best. If there is a paradise on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here!
The picturesque beauty of the valley encamped between the mighty Himalayas and Pir Panjal enthralls the heart of every visitor. Among all other places to visit in Kashmir, stay in houseboats is definitely the most sought after. The pristine location of the lakes, the vintage charm of the houseboats and the warm hospitality of the locals will ensure that you get to feel the most celestial experiences in Kashmir.
Kashmir houseboats and the facilities offered
You can hire houseboats around three lakes in Srinagar, namely Dal Lake, which of course is the most famous one, Nagin Lake, and Jhelum Lake. These houseboats are like manmade fantasies floating on water. Unlike their contemporaries in Kerala, Kashmir houseboats are fixed at one place, they do not move. If your heart is yearning for a ride across the lake, you could rent a shikhara.
Made from cedar wood, these houseboats are built lavishly. Their interiors exude a classic style and they are furnished with modern amenities. A majority of them date back to few decades and are owned by locals. The facilities available in these houseboats include corridor, drawing room, dining room, pantry, 2 to 7 bed rooms with attached bathrooms. The bathrooms are fitted with proper waterline and other sanitary requirements. The interior design of these houseboats will take you back to the days when old Hindi movies were shot in Kashmir. Do not feel surprised if you happen to locate some similarities between what you have watched in movies and what you are experiencing in reality.
Palatial décor, embroidered carpets, princely artifacts, crewel curtains and muslin bed sheets that adorn these houseboats will deport you to the land of fantasy. The excellent food served here makes your vacation in Exotic Kashmir even more delightful. The beauty of the houseboat perfectly blends with its immaculate surrounding. The tranquility of lakes in moonlight, the cold breeze blowing from the mountains and the peaceful humming of nature can turn even a layman into a natural poet. Such is the beauty of experiencing the Fascinating Kashmir.
So next time you plan a trip to Kashmir, do not forget to ask your travel agent about the availability of houseboat stay.