Houseboat in Kashmir
The houseboat is a hotel floating on the water in which it is everyone’s dream to stay for one night and if this thing comes true in the houseboat in Kashmir then its fun becomes double.
There are many such scenes in Jammu and Kashmir that no matter how much you praise them, they will fall short. Because of this Kashmir has been called Heaven on Earth ( Jannat). You will like to stay in the midst of these sights forever after seeing Kashmir valleys, waterfalls, high snowy mountains, greenery, and the shining shikhara of the valley.
If you do not stay in the houseboat for one night on the Kashmir trip, then your trip will be considered incomplete.
Living in a houseboat is a pleasure of its own and you will not get to see the kind of hospitality you would get on a houseboat anywhere else. Just believe that this is a floating hotel on water.
These houseboats made of deodar wood are as beautiful from the inside as beautiful and captivating. It is nice to stay inside and see the outside view. Houseboats have 2 or 3 rooms. Like a hotel, it has all the facilities for eating, drinking, and staying.
You can choose a houseboat according to your budget, it is of standard, deluxe, and luxury categories and you can choose it according to the meal plan.
The only purpose of building houseboats at the bank of dal lake and Shikara in Dal lake in Kashmir was to attract more and more tourists. This main goal started attracting tourists and was also very successful. Kashmiri’s workmanship and excellent hospitality were a sample that people definitely liked to stay in the houseboat.
Apart from Dal Lake, these houseboats have also been built in Nagin Lake of Srinagar and are increasing the glory of the world-famous Dal Lake.
The lighted Shikara in Dal Lake will show you a different side of itself during the night. Shikara ride in Dal Lake in the evening is such an experience that you will not be able to forget for the rest of your life.
The Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department has illuminated most of the shikaris on Dal Lake with fancy lights. This step has been taken to promote tourism as well as nightlife in the Kashmir Valley. Earlier, there used to be lamps in the Shikara to illuminate the valley at night.
Many Shikaras are floating in the lake at night and the light of these shikaras in the water of the lake creates a different charming scene. Houseboats stand on the banks of the lake, which looks like a shining garland when seen from a distance.
During the day, the azure blue water of Shikara and the greenery spread far and wide give you a different feeling. Many Bollywood hit films have also been shot on Shikara. Out of which the song ‘Ye Chand Se Roshan Chehra’ from the film ‘Kashmir Ki Kali’ has been filmed. In this song, Shammi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore filmed the entire song sitting in Shikara.
The tour of all the tourists visiting Kashmir does not end without enjoying the Shikara ride. Various houseboat festivals are organized here to enhance the tourist experience. Earlier, people who like Shikara rides in the evening used to see only darkness in Dal, but now it is not like that, you can take a Shikara ride day or night.
It is very important to take care of the weather for the Shikara ride, in extreme winter days the water of Dal Lake freezes and the Shikara ride is also closed.
In Kashmir Trip, you get to see the beautiful mountains of Kashmir, the open plains of Gulmarg, the breathtaking glaciers of Sonamarg, the valley of Pahalgam, and the beauty of Srinagar. In Srinagar, you can visit Shikar Ride in Dal Lake, Shankaracharya Temple, Char Chinar and Saffron Farm, etc.
Many non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes are a part of the traditional delicacies here during the visit to Kashmir: Kashmiri Pulao, Rogan Josh, Nadru Yakhini, Rista, Haak, Kashmiri Saag, Khambir, Thukpa, Kashmiri Gaad, and Goshtaba