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Srinagar is one of the most enchanting places in the state of Jammu & Kashmir which is famous for houseboats at the Dal Lake. The appeal of the houseboats in Kashmir attracts tourists from all over the world to Srinagar. These houseboats provide a unique and matchless experience of staying amidst the cold waters of the Lakes in Kashmir.
The Houseboat Cruise at The Dal Lake in Srinagar is a wonderful vacation destination. Staying in Houseboats on the waters of the Dal and Nagin Lakes and on river Jhelum in an elegantly decorated and furnished room with all luxuries is a unique experience. Houseboats in Kashmir vary in degree of luxury like hotels and have been graded according to the degree of luxury by the Department of Tourism of Kashmir. Houseboats in Kashmir attract the tourists by its charm and offer a unique experience of living in a cedar paneled exclusive bed rooms with all luxury amenities like fine furnishings, decorated bedrooms and modern bathrooms. These houseboats in Kashmir vary in the degree of lavishness depending upon the category to which it belongs.
The tourism department of Kashmir has classified the houseboats into five categories – Deluxe, A, B, C and D. The Deluxe categories are the top luxury houseboats while the Grade D houseboats are the economy category houseboats with simply furnished rooms like in economy hotels. A luxury houseboat in Kashmir has all luxury amenities like fine furniture, attached washrooms with modern bath fittings and good carpets. The Category D houseboats are like low budget hotels with basic furnishings. Besides, all the categories of houseboats in Kashmir provide a highly personalized service and there is always a “houseboy” to look after the guests. Every standard houseboat in Kashmir has a balcony in the front, a lounge, pantry, and three or more bed rooms with attached bathrooms and is provided with municipal water connection. The costs of hiring a houseboat for a day are inclusive of all meals and free rides from the house boat to the nearest jetty and back. These houseboats are not anchored along any banks of the river and so there are Shikara available to provide free transportation services to the guests or tourists from the nearest jetty to the houseboat.
Houseboats in Kashmir in the Dal and Nagin Lakes and River Jhelum are undoubtedly an unmatched experience for the tourists.