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Kashmir Houseboats !

Beauty of Kashmir always attracted people from all over the world who came as visitors but didn't want to return their home extending their visits and ultimately giving up wanted to live their life here after. These people especially British were not allowed to build houses to live in Kashmir as the Maharajas (The Kings) didn't permit it. This gave rise to advent of Houseboats or floating Houses. As British were given to comforts and modern ways of living they designed these Houseboats with every luxury of well-built house like attached baths, Dinning rooms, Drawing rooms, Pantry , Sun Deck Etc.

Houseboats are a special tourist attraction for everyone who visits Kashmir. These houseboats have their own traditional appeal, are usually anchored on the banks of the Dal Lake. Each houseboat is fully furnished and every houseboat has an attendant boy. These houseboats have small boats called shikaras that take tourists to the flower markets. Kashmir Houseboats are furnished in a grand style, with carved furniture and woolen carpets with intricate work on them.

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The main idea behind the concept of a houseboat is the fact it provides a haven for those who like to spend a quite holiday, away from the noise and bustle of the cities. The British started the tradition of houseboats as the Kashmiri rulers forbade them land ownership, so they had no option but to build dwellings that float on waters. Most of these houseboats have all the amenities of a five star hotel. These houseboats have everything from spacious bedrooms, sun decks washrooms with the latest amenities, electricity and plumbing etc Houseboats are categorized as deluxe to D class, depending upon the availability of facilities and the budget of the tourist. One is actually transported into a different world while shopping from the floating flower and handicraft markets, while staying in houseboats in Kashmir.


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You can also book one for yourself and experience the novelty.. living in "palaces on water" as you might have lived in Hotels and guesthouses but this one will sure win your heart. Experience the unexplored !



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