The gentle sounds of rippling waters and the beautiful houseboats are the greatest attractions of Kashmir. Made up of cedar wood, these mesmerizing water boat residences have elegance and are complete with stately living quarters, drawing and dining rooms, carved wooden furniture, glowingly embroidered rugs and fabrics. The large windows of the houseboats provide beautiful views of the snow-covered peaks of the Himalayan Mountains and the pretty Dal Lake with beautiful lotus flowers adorning it. The breathtaking views combined with the silent and serene atmosphere and homely comforts are enough to infuse new lives and rejuvenate the visitors.
There are wide varieties of houseboats, one can choose from, according
to one's needs and requirements. 'Firdaus' are known for their
grandeur and has three double bedrooms with attached bathrooms, hot and
cold water and a lavish living room. 'Khushal' is a little
smaller with two double bedrooms along with the other desired comforts.
However, the most beloved of the honeymooners are 'Nishat' and 'Khushdil'
with one double bedroom, privacy and comforts along with the beautiful
views of the lake. The Dal Lake or Nagin Lake of Srinagar is also famous
for its 'Shikaras', the floating vegetable gardens, the visitors
love to have a ride on, to all the way to the Mughals' Paradise.
Besides the homely comforts and delicacies of the houseboat and the
famous Shikara ride, the other luxuries one can enjoy are sunbathing on
the houseboats on the top-deck. Water - powered peddlers sell everything
from saffron to papier mache deer to the houseboat door.