The place that has been the muse of innumerable poems and is immortalised by the might of the pen, Kashmir’s grandeur is unmatched. Come into contact with the stunning beauty of Kashmir by ditching the hotel for these houseboat stays in Srinagar, which will redefine your concept of ‘luxury’. By Shubhanjana Das

1. Butt’s Clermont Houseboats: 

The Chinar and the Dal Lake have had an age-old love story, and it seems like nature and Butt’s Clermont Houseboats conspires to make them inseparable. While the former’s conspiracy is incomprehensible, to say the least, the latter is conveniently anchored at the Western shores of the Dal Lake overlooking the 400-year old Mughal Garden, Naseem Bagh. Feel snug in one of their grandiose suites, and don’t forget to take a few pictures to make your friends and family green with envy! 

2. Naaz Kashmir: 

Taking our attention away from the Dal to the Nigeen Lake for this is where Naaz Kashmir, one of Kashmir’s most talked-about houseboats is anchored. Don’t get deceived by the traditionally artsy decor of the houseboat for they have every modern facility on board, including WiFi (we know that’s important). They have their own library, bicycles on rent, and arrange shikara rides in the lake, which is to say that the staff bend over backwards to make your stay at Naaz one to praise for a long time.  

3. Gurkha Houseboats: 

With three heavenly suites and 15 deluxe rooms anchored on the Nigeen Lake, Gurkha Houseboats promises a regal stay to its guests and take it very seriously to live up to their claims. Overlooking the Pir Panjal range and maple bushes around, the carpeted suites with light filtering in from the windows, decor that is reminiscent of Kashmir’s regalia, this place is perfect for any mood, any day! They have doctor-on-call, 24×7 battery backup and a staff that is on its feet to ensure your stay is as serene as the surrounding waters of the Nigeen. 

4. Swan Group of Houseboats: 

We couldn’t help but come back to the Dal for that is how alluring it is. Moreover, given that there are houseboats such as Swan Group of Houseboats anchored on the Dal, how can one resist the urge to immerse into this idyllic retreat and all that it has to offer? For a laid-back retreat to the Heaven on Earth, you need a place to stay that lives up to its environ. For this reason and more, we think Swan Group of Houseboats is the place to be. Carpeted super-deluxe rooms, 24×7 service, free wifi, unlimited shikara crossings, water skiing on Dal Lake, trekking in Sonmarg and Pahalgam – you ask for it and they’ll make sure it is served to you on a silver platter. What else could we have asked for! 

5. Royal Dandoo Group of Houseboats: 

A wise person once said that one never tires of looking at Kashmir. Well, we’re guessing he/she must’ve said so sitting in one of the suites in the Royal Dandoo Group of Houseboats on the Dal Lake. This houseboat stay has mastered the art of merging the traditional with the modern. While the former is reflected in the impeccable decor of each and every room, the latter is conveniently found in the services and facilities they offer. The cherry on the top is the customised tours. So, no matter what mood you’re in, one command, and your wish will be fulfilled here at the Royal Dandoo Group of Houseboats. 

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