Jammu and Kashmir Houseboats
Houseboats remain major lures of Jammu and Kashmir. Adorned in a traditional manner, they offer home-like comfort. These houseboats are parked at the beautiful Dal Lake. The houseboats offer guests all kinds of state-of-the-art facilities. These houseboats have small boats called shikaras, which take tourists around to explore the nature. Also, enjoy views of the floating markets in the shikaras for a different experience. The wood work and woolen carpets of these houseboats are noteworthy.
Living in houseboats is an age-old tradition in Jammu and Kashmir. This tradition was started by the Britishers who built their houses on water as they were not allowed by the then Maharajas to own land.
Do not miss a chance to stay on a houseboat at the Dal Lake in Jammu and Kashmir. It is as if nature has embraced you and you are completely absorbed in its sheer beauty, as if you have slowly slipped into the heaven.
Catering to the different tastes and needs of tourists, there is a wide range of houseboats to choose from. Some of the houseboats are like a five-star hotel offering a five-star-experience. Each houseboat has a balcony, lounge, dining room, pantry and bedrooms with attached bathrooms. Delicious cuisine of the state is also served in the houseboats. You must try the world famous Kahva tea, which is available on the houseboats. These bewitching houseboats of Jammu and Kashmir are a big hit with newlyweds. There are around 703 houseboats anchored at Dal Lake, 173 in Nagin Lake and 142 in river Jhelum. Tourists are advised to book houseboats in advance for a hassle free tour.