Lakes of KashmirDal Lake, Nigin Lake, Manasbal Lake
The Houseboats of Kashmir , unlike their counterparts in Kerala are
usually moored at the edges of the Dal lake. Some of the houseboats
were built in the early 1900s, and are still being rented out to
tourists. These houseboats are made of wood, and usually have
intricately and carved wood paneling. The houseboats are of
different sizes, some having up to three bedrooms apart from a
living room and kitchen. Our floating palaces offer Houseboat
vacations and Tailor made vacations in Kashmir and are easily
affordable for your stay. On this web tour you will find Luxury
Houseboats , Deluxe Houseboats and Standard
These enchanting residences range from 60 to 150 ft. long, are 15 to
20 ft. wide and each is unique. There are spacious four-bedroom
boats and cozy two-bedrooms; all feature attached bathrooms,
Houseboat livingroom, click for video tour Tea time at the
porch electricity and modern plumbing. The cedar interiors are
intricately carved and display the consummate artistry of Kashmiri
Every houseboat has a spacious carpeted sitting room, a dining room
and bedrooms with western bathrooms attached. Each houseboat has a
houseboy who is available to serve meals, make the beds, clean the
rooms and provide complimentary tea at any time.
The furnishings include embroidered native rugs and fabrics, local
objects d'art, and solidly comfortable Victorian and Edwardian
furniture. These luxurious boats also feature rooftop sundecks from
which to take in the Himalayan views and enjoy the brisk fresh air.
Houseboats on Dal LakeJewel in the crown of Kashmir
The Dal Lake covers an area of 18 square kilometres and is
part of a natural wetland which covers 21.1 square kilometres, including
its floating gardens. The floating gardens blossom with lotus flowers
during July and August.
The shore line of the lake, about 15.5 kilometres, is encompassed by a
boulevard lined with Mughal Gardens, parks, houseboats and hotels.
Scenic views of the lake can be witnessed from the shore line Mughal
gardens, such as Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh built during the reign of
Mughal Emperor Jahangir) and from houseboats cruising along the lake in
the colourful shikaras.
During the winter season, the temperature sometimes reaches -11 C (12 F), freezing the lake.
Houseboats on Nigin LakeThe serene lake away from city buzz and hustle
Nagin Lake, though sometimes referred to as a separate lake, is
actually part of Dal Lake, being linked through a causeway which
permits only bikers and walkers to enter the lake precincts.
The caseway carries the water supply pipeline to the Srinagar city
in the east. The lake is bounded by the Shankaracharya hill (Takht-e-Suleiman)
on the south and Hari Parbat on the west and is located at the foot
of the Zabarwan hills. Willow and poplar trees flank the edges of
Foreign tourist first choice are Nagin Lake houseboats as atmosphere
is quite and peaceful as compared to Dal Lake Houseboats
Houseboats in making Everything about the houseboats
A houseboat is on an average 70 feet long boats with 15 feet width in the central section. They are made from wooden planks that are stitched together by coconut ropes. Interestingly, nails are not used at all in the construction of the Houseboats. Most of the houseboats are made from a wood known by the name of Anjili. Palm leaves tied over bamboo poles form the roof of these houseboats. Cashew Nut oil is used as a varnish to ensure a protection for the houseboats.
Sun Deck, Terrace
The terrace is one of its best features and serves as a sun-deck, a
place for morning work-outs if one is given to that practice, and
for evening cocktails.
The kitchen-boat is attached to the main houseboat and this is where
the boat-keeper resides with his family. He is ever-obliging host,
and hospitality and warmth is his hallmark.
The dining-room and adjoining pantry are equipped with refrigerator
and all other facilities to ensure your gastronomic satisfaction.
Bedrooms are generally in a row along the passage..
The drawing-room of the houseboat opulent yet tastefully decorated,
seems like a leaf out of 'Better Homes and Gardens'. The Kashmir
carpets cover the floor, the exquisite woodwork paneling on the wall
and the rich upholstery all make it seem like a room in a royal
- Each houseboat has an exclusive shikara for ferrying guests to the
shore. A shikara is small paddled taxi boat, often about 15 feet
(4.6 m) long) and made of wood with a canopy and a spade shaped
bottom. It is the cultural symbol of Kashmir and is used not only
for ferrying visitors but is also used for the vending of fruits,
vegetables and flowers and for the fishing and harvesting of aquatic