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Montreal Group of Houseboats, Appollo Eleven Group of Houseboats, Badyari Palace Houseboat, Kolu Group of Houseboats, Swan Group Of Houseboats, Srinagar Houseboats, New Bul Bul Group Of Houseboats Srinagar, Houseboat Ambassador, Shahbaaz Group of Houseboats and many more.

When we think of Kashmir, the first visual that comes to our mind is of the Dal Lake houseboats, looking their prettiest best. Anchored to one side of the ever-so-gorgeous lake, these houseboats in Dal Lake have a very interesting origin. A grocery shop owner, after his shop caught fire, moved his inventory to a small boat and continued selling. Europeans loved his work on the boat, and since foreigners were anyway forbidden from buying land in Kashmir, he started making and selling these houseboats to them, and that’s how it all started. But now houseboats in Kashmir are more than just shops. Houseboats in Dal Lake are known for their royalty and comfort.

Today, Kashmir’s Dal Lake sees a plethora of beautiful houseboats that aren’t just well-equipped but also redefine luxury. These houseboats are no less than any 5-star hotel and have the best furnishing, fixtures, services, and other amenities. From the best food to the exotic scenic views, you will get everything amidst a strikingly beautiful valley. And when you’re in the valley, a houseboat experience with your family, friends, or partner, makes the trip truly count.

However, choosing the one that can make your experience memorable is quite tough, seeing a myriad of options available. Hence, we’ve curated a list of the best houseboats in Dal Lake for your next vacay. Bookmark these floating beauties now!

Here is the list of best Dal Lake Houseboats

01

Montreal Group of Houseboats

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If you love grandeur, then this one should top your list, just like it tops ours. The Montreal Group was started in 1974, and it currently has 5 super deluxe houseboats with 23 well-furnished rooms that are embellished with pure walnut wooden furniture, and Kashmiri wall and floor carpets. 

Location:
Ghat no. 9, Golden Dal Lake, Lake Dal Road, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir-190001

Price:
INR 4,000 onwards

Facilities:
Laptop Stations with high-speed WiFi connection 
Laundry & Dry cleaning services available 
24/7 food service menu from the in-house restaurant 
Dal lake’s Shikara ride facility available 
LCD TVs in every room
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02

Appollo Eleven Group of Houseboats

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This houseboat lies right in the middle of the grand Dal Lake and offers a breathtaking view of the Himalayas. Apart from its Kashmiriyat, which reflects well in each room, Apollo Eleven Group makes your Dal Lake houseboat stay special by offering bathtubs in a few rooms.

They’ve got a fine dining cum sitting room, as well as a kitchenette, where guests can satiate their craving for authentic Kashmiri food. Don’t forget to sip on some Kahwa or Noon Chai in their large front-seated balcony. 

Location:
Gate No 9, Opposite Park Hotel, Dal Lake, Srinagar, Jammu And Kashmir - 190001

Price:
INR 2,100 onward 

Facilities: 
Complimentary Shikara ride (excluding Fridays)
Doctor on call available in case of emergency 
24/7 room and laundry service 
In-house restaurant and dining area
Airport pick-up and drop service 
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03

Houseboat New Suzan

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If your main agenda is to just relax but you don’t care about luxury much, and want to pay a minimum amount to experience houseboat culture, hop into Houseboat New Suzan. It’s got a basic room with super basic amenities, but a killer view of the lake and the mountains from the room. And it’s also got deluxe and super deluxe double and triple queen rooms.

The common areas of the living room, lounge, and kitchenette aren’t bad either. This one’s one of the few houseboats in Dal Lake offering such amenities at a cost-effective price. 

Location:
Gate No. 9, Dal Lake, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir- 190001

Price:
INR 1,880 

Facilities: 
24/7 room service
Adventure activities 
Doctor on call during emergencies 
Adventure sports can be arranged for 
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04

Kolu Group of Houseboats

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Out of all the Dal Lake houseboats, this one’s pretty unique. Because this group doesn’t merely have houseboats, but luxuriously furnished floating villas that offer a regal experience. Their first houseboat came into existence in 1940, and they’ve been serving seekers of luxury for 81 years now.

They have deluxe and premium rooms, and a normal as well as Kohinoor suite. If we talk about aesthetics, the Kolu group has aced it with its elegant and minimal wooden decor, with every room facing either the lake or the mountain ranges.  

Location:
Ghat No. 13, Boulevard Road, Dal Lake, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir-190001

Price:
INR 6,500 onward

Facilities: 
In-house gym 
24/7 room service 
Attached balcony/terrace in suites 
Jacuzzi in suites 
Free airport pickup services 
Can arrange for activities like Shikara Boat Ride, fishing, golfing, water trekking and more. 
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05

Swan Group Of Houseboats

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For a luxury experience during your Dal Lake houseboat stay, look no further than the Swan Group. Their spacious double and twin bedrooms and suites are beautifully furnished with wall-to-wall carpets, and they also have a lounge, a dining room, and a sitting hall.

The hall is honestly the most beautiful, and you’d want to spend hours chatting up with your travel companions there.

Location: Golden Dal Lake, Ghat No. 12, Boulevard Road, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir- 190001

Price: INR 6,000 onward

Facilities: 
24/7 room service 
Refrigerator stocked with drinking water 
Heaters available as per request 
Laundry services available 
Free WiFi 
Can arrange for excursions, sightseeing and adventure activities 
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06

Golden Crest Group of Houseboats

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For a cost-effective yet authentic houseboat experience, this one’s perfect. The rooms open to the view of blooming lotuses on Dal lake. There are deluxe and executive double and triple sharing rooms, as well as a king room. All rooms are a wonderful mix of old-world charm as well as modern facilities for the guests.

Not many Dal Lake houseboats hold a conference room, but Golden Crest has that facility for you, in case you want to hold meetings. Don’t forget to eat the lip-smacking Rogan Josh and Shahi Biryani from their kitchen. 

Location:
Dal Lake, Ghat No. 12, opposite passport office, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir 190001

Price:
INR 1,200 onward (check for meal packages) 

Facilities: 
24/7 room service 
Airport pick up and drop available 
Jacuzzi available in selective rooms 
Conference rooms inside the houseboat for meetings 
Live music performances 
Organizes Adventure activities 
BBQ facilities available
Laundry and dry cleaning services
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07

New Bul Bul Group Of Houseboats Srinagar

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Want to live inside a piece of colonial history, a.k.a the houseboat, but also looking for budget-friendly options? New Bul Bul Group will sort you out with it’s intricately carved cedarwood rooms and common spaces.

They have three basic bedrooms with an attached bath,  living room, dining room, and a kitchen, equipped with all modern facilities. Their deluxe triple room and honeymoon room offer a mountain as well as a lake view. Honestly, there aren’t many Dal Lake houseboats that offer basic luxury at such a low price. 

Location:
Shikara Ghat No. 7, Boulevard Road, Dal Lake, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir-190001

Price:
INR 1,800 onward

Facilities:
 
Airport pick up and drop services
Executive lounge access 
Car rental facilities 
Free WiFi 
Live music performances, cultural and adventure tours 
24/7 room service 
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08

Houseboat Ambassador

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They’ve been in the houseboat business for almost 100 years now, and their deluxe and budget houseboats with all the modern facilities are worth checking out. They have two deluxe double rooms with a serene view of Dal Lake, and they also offer a ‘Glimpse of Kashmir’ tour package to explore the culture and heritage of the valley.

Houseboat Ambassador is away from the hustle bustle of the other Dal Lake houseboats, but also close to the cafes and market area

Location: Dal Lake, Ghat No. 7, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir- 190001 

Price: INR 1,950 onward

Facilities: 
24/7 room service 
Free WiFi 
Laundry and dry-cleaning services available 
Can arrange for activities like Shikara Boat Ride, fishing, golfing, and more. 
Airport picks and drop available. 
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09

Shahbaaz Group of Houseboats

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If you want to live like royalty but at economical pricing, then Shahbaaz Group’s houseboats might just be a perfect fit. They have basic deluxe rooms, with all modern amenities. And the best part is that if you’re in the valley for business, you can host conferences at this houseboat because they’re well equipped with that.

You can also host your private parties and events here.  

Location:
Gate No. 12, Dal Lake, Kashmir 3rd cross lane, Boulevard Rd, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir-190001

Price:
INR 3,290 onward (look out for their various meal packages for the rooms)

Facilities: 

24/7 room service 
Laundry and ironing service available 
Doctor on call available in case of emergency
Heater facility available
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10

Dawn Group of Houseboats

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This one’s one of the best budget-friendly Dal Lake houseboats. The Dawn group has tastefully decked up bedrooms and common areas which make the houseboats look super aesthetic.

The 3 deluxe rooms come at cost-effective prices and if you’re looking to save money but also not miss out on the houseboat experience when in Kashmir, opt for this stay. 

Location:
Ghat No.17, Near Maharaja Palace, Nehru Park, Dal lake, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir- 190001

Price:
INR 2,500 onward (no meals included)

Facilities:
24/7 room service 
Free WiFi
Bonfire facilities available 
Doctor on call during emergencies 
Laundry service available 
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11

Manila Group Of Houseboats

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About: Super deluxe bedrooms, a living and dining space, a common lawn, a terrace, and the calming beauty of the Dal Lake. What more can you ask for? Maybe some romantic time and magical conversations with your better half against this backdrop, right? Manila has budget-friendly options and scores of services at your disposal. Make use of them because Manila has some of the best houseboats in Dal Lake and offers one of the best experiences without having to shell too much money. 

Location:
Dal lake Ghat No. 11, Opposite Nathus Sweets, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir- 190001

Price:
INR 3,500 

Facilities: 
Free WiFi
Laundry service available 
Private butler available 
Bonfire can be arranged for 
Facilities for guests with disabilities 
Car rentals available
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Nazneen Group Of Houseboats

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When you’re away from home but don’t quite want to miss the feeling of being home, Nazneen Group’s houseboats in Dal Lake work their magic. Their four value-for-money deluxe rooms offer all the basic amenities and are perfect to unwind in. We love how simple yet gorgeous the exterior and interior are. 

Location:
Ghat No. 9, Dal Lake, Boulevard Road, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir- 190001

Price:
INR 1,692 onward  (check the different meal and room packages)

Facilities: 
24/7 room service
Free WiFi
Laundry and dry cleaning services 
Airport pickup and drop services
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13

Young Bombay Heritage Group of Houseboats

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For a hassle-free and relaxed stay, opt for the Young Bombay Heritage Group’s houseboats. Their floating palace’s extravagance comes at reasonable prices. The bedrooms boast Victorian-era furnishings, plus there’s a common lounge and kitchen at your disposal.

Chomp on the special Kashmiri Wazwan while staying here as it is one of the very few houseboats in Dal Lake that prepare an authentic Wazwan. 

Location:
Golden Dal Lake, Opposite Ghat No. 9, Boulevard Road, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir- 190001

Price: INR 2,347 onward (check for room and meal packages)

Facilities:
Beautiful Kashmir sightseeing packages
24/7 room service
Laundry, dry cleaning, hair dryer, and ironing services available on request
Doctor on call available during emergencies
Car rentals available 
Airport pickup and drop available 
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14

Wangnoo Houseboats

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One of the finest in the valley, Wangnoo houseboats offer super deluxe rooms on the west side of the Nagin Lake, another beauty like the Dal. The boat has beautifully carved wooden furniture across the bedrooms and the common spaces.

There are hand-embroidered woolen and silk rugs on the walls and the floor too, which add a very regal touch to the aura of this houseboat. The catch here is that you’ve got to stay for a minimum of two nights on their houseboat, which honestly isn’t a bad deal, considering how cost-effective the price range is compared to other Dal Lake houseboats.  

Location:
Lake Road, Nagin Lake, Lal Bazar, opp. Nagin Club, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir 190011

Price:
INR 1940 onward 

Facilities: 
Free WiFi
Doctor on call during emergencies
Airport pickup and drop available 
Room service on request
Facilities available for guests with disabilities
Laundry and dry cleaning services available
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15

Taj Mahal Houseboats

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Taj Mahal Houseboat has four spacious double and twin bedrooms, a common living, dining and kitchen space, all enveloped in pure cedarwood furniture and furnishings. Every room opens to a mountain or a lake view and we couldn’t ask for more peace, really. Curling up and staying in the Dal Lake houseboats just isn’t enough when you’re in Kashmir. 

Location:
Dal Lake, Gate No. 14, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir- 190001

Price:
INR 2,500 onward

Facilities: 
24/7 room service
Refrigerator stocked with drinking water 
Laundry and dry cleaning facilities on request
Free WiFi
Airport pickup and drop available 
Adventure activities and tourist packages for sightseeing in Kashmir
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16

Chinar Houseboat

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Surrounded by blooming lotuses and majestic mountains, this houseboat in Dal Lake defines true beauty. The four bedrooms and the common spaces of a living and dining room are all traditionally designed but enabled with a modern touch. 

Location:
Nehru Park, Dal Lake, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir-190001

Price:
INR 3,000
Facilities
Tour packages for Kashmir available 
Free WiFi
Complementary heating services 
24/7 room service
Doctor on call during emergencies 
Laundry services available 
Airport pickup and drop available
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17

Chicago Group of Houseboats

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The whole idea of staying inside the Chicago Group of Houseboats is to eat, explore and experience the real Kashmir, while also getting an insight into the historic significance of the Dal Lake houseboats.

They have cozy and spacious two and three-bedroom boats, with cedarwood interiors intricately carved on the walls, and native rugs and looms adorning the furniture and floor too. Every boat comes with a rooftop sundeck and is perfect for honeymooners and couples and families alike.  

Location:
Ghat No. 9, Boulevard Road, Dal Lake, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir-190001

Price:
INR 2,700 onward  (check the different meal and room packages)

Facilities: 
24/7 room service
24/7 Shikaras available for guests 
Kashmir sightseeing and adventure packages 
Laundry and dry cleaning services 
Doctors on-call during emergencies 
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18

Shabash Houseboats

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This group owns 3 luxurious houseboats with 3 rooms per boat, and the family also lives in one of them, so be rest assured that they’ll cater to all your needs. Known as one of the best houseboats in Dal Lake, the spacious bedrooms here have attached bathrooms, a common dining and living area, and we love the minimal wooden interior decor here, to be honest.

The owners can also arrange for a Kashmiri Wazwan meal for you. The package plans of these houseboats won’t burn a hole in your pockets too. 

Location:
Gate No. 17 , Dal Lake, Nehru Park, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir- 190001

Price:
INR 3,500 onward (check for meal packages for all the deluxe rooms)

Facilities:
Kashmir sightseeing packages provided 
Laundry and dry cleaning available 
Airport pickup and drop services 
Unlimited Shikara crossings 
Adventure activities like trout fishing and water trekking available on request
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19

Royal Dandoo Palace Group of Houseboats

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Is Leisure on your mind? Then choosing this houseboat in Dal Lake is one of the right decisions you’ll take. The double bed deluxe rooms here offer a tranquil lake view, and the common living and dining spaces with pure cedarwood furniture and wall carvings only enhance the beauty of the boat. 
 
Location: Nehru Park, Ghat No. 17, Dal Lake, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir- 190001

Price: INR 6,000 onward 

Facilities:
24/7 room service 
Airport pickup and drop available 
Free WiFi
Water sport activities available 
Laundry and dry cleaning available 
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20

Sikandra Palace Group Of Houseboats

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One of the leading houseboat groups amongst the other Dal Lake houseboats, Sikandra Palace,  founded in 1960, has built 8 luxury super deluxe rooms and suites, all furnished with beautiful Victorian-era furniture, and Kashmiri wooden carvings on the walls. There’s a small dining and living space and a kitchenette. Every room has spectacular views of important tourist points and the Himalayas. 

Location: Nehru Park, Dal Lake, Ghat No. 17, opposite Police Station, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir-190001

Price:
4,300 onward 

Facilities
24/7 room service 
They also offer Jain cuisine in their houseboat
Airport pickup and drop available 
Conference room available with printer
BBQ facilities can be arranged for 
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21

Bostan Gulistan Group of Houseboats

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The Bostan houseboats have been offering a splendid view of the Pir Panjal range of mountains through all their rooms for almost 65 years now. They’ve given a modern touch to their services, and yet successfully retain the old-world charm of the boat. They have 3 to 4 deluxe rooms with all the modern amenities to make your vacay worthwhile. 

Location:
Behind Nehru Park, Ghat no. 17, near Hotel Leeward, Dal Lake, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir- 190001

Price:
INR 3,500 onward (check the different meal and room packages)

Facilities: 
24/7 room service
Kashmir sightseeing and adventure packages 
Laundry and dry cleaning services 
Doctors on call during emergencies 
BBQ facilities available 
Personal butler services
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22

Srinagar Houseboats

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Srinagar houseboats are ancient yet elegant. With majestic motifs, intricate wall carvings, and iconic Kashmiri rugs and carpets on display, the four deluxe rooms in this houseboat give you a feel of a different era altogether. There’s a common living and dining space that’s as comfy as the bedrooms. 

Location:
Dal Lake, Golden Lake Area, Opposite DockYard New Khanakhan Road,Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir- 190001. 

Price: INR 3,900 onward

Facilities:
Airport pick up and drop available 
Room service on request 
Has a common terrace 
Laundry and ironing services available 
Can make your Dal Lake houseboat stay count by arranging for activities like Shikara Boat Ride, fishing, golfing, and more during you
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23

Gemini Group of Houseboats

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The Gemini Group, also known as Kashmir Tourism Holidays, has been around since 1975. Its budget-friendly rooms are a true reflection of real Kashmiriyat. You’ll get a deluxe double room at the most affordable prices, but you’ll receive the services offered in suites. If you want to curtail your Dal Lake houseboat cost, then Gemini is the right choice. With lovely views of the lake and the mountains, Gemini’s houseboats redefine romance and tranquility. 

Location:
Dal Lake ghat no. 3, Boulevard Rd, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir- 190001

Price:
INR 1,185 onward

Facilities:
24/7 room service 
Car rental facilities
Tour and sightseeing packages in Kashmir
Doctor on call during emergencies 
Free WiFi
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Badyari Palace Houseboat

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Chandeliers, lanterns, traditional four-poster beds, and the beauty of cedar wood- That’s Badyari Palace Houseboat for you. They offer a total of 16 rooms across their four spacious houseboats. You get to choose between deluxe family rooms or honeymoon suites for a romantic Kashmiri experience.

The best part? This Dal Lake Houseboat has a restaurant that offers a complete Kashmiri non-vegetarian Wazwan meal that’s unmissable. 

Location:
Boulevard Road, Ghat No. 9, Dallake, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir-190001

Price:
INR 3,500 onward

Facilities:

A shared lounge and garden 
24/7 room service 
Free WiFi 
Traditional fireplace in the living area
Fishing activity on request
Airport shuttle and local tourism packages available 
On-site mini market 
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  1. Which houseboats in Dal Lake are good for couples?

    1. Kolu Group of Houseboats:  If you’re scouting for romantic houseboats in Dal Lake your romantic sojourn deserves the luxury of the Kolu Group. They offer various amenities like candle-light dinner that will surely make up for a romantic getaway with your partner.

    2. Badyari Palace Group of Houseboats: Their honeymoon suites offer a majestic view of the Himalayan ranges and the serene Dal Lake. So, if you are looking for a perfect place amidst water, the Badyari Palace Group of Houseboats is the best option. They are known for their immensely professional services and best-in-class amenities. They have some of the best authentic cuisines to satiate your hunger.

    3. Royal Dandoo Palace Group of Houseboats: Are you a couple that likes to reap the benefits of a luxury stay but also craves adventure? Royal Dandoo gives you both. This houseboat is equipped with elegantly furnished rooms and offers delicious food prepared by some of the best chefs. If you are planning to trek in the Himalayas, they have some tailored packages for their guests to enjoy the tranquility of the trails. 
  2. Which are the best budget friendly houseboats in Dal Lake?

    1. Houseboat New Suzan: If your agenda is to relax and you’re not one for fancy or luxury stays, New Suzan is perfect. For INR 1,880, you get deluxe and super deluxe double and triple queen rooms, the common areas of the living room, lounge and kitchenette. Not bad, no? 

    2. Gemini Group of Houseboats:
    It’s budget-friendly rooms are a true reflection of real Kashmiriyat. You’ll get a deluxe double room at a dirt cheap pricing of INR 1,185, but you’ll receive the services offered in suites. With lovely views of the lake and the mountains, Gemini’s houseboats redefine tranquility. 

    3. Apollo Eleven Group:
    This houseboat lies right in the middle of the grand Dal Lake and offers a breathtaking view of the Himalayas for just INR 2,100. Apollo Eleven Group also offers bathtubs in a few rooms, along with a fine dining cum sitting room, as well as a kitchenette. There’s a complementary Shikara ride as well.

    4. Wangnoo Houseboats:
    One of the finest in the valley, Wangnoo houseboats offer super deluxe rooms on the west side of the Nagin Lake for just INR 1,940, which is inclusive of breakfast and dinner, as well as transportation from and to the airport.
  3. What is the difference between a houseboat and shikara?

    Shikaras are primarily used to move around the lakes of Kashmir. The valley practices the concept of a floating vegetable and flower market, through these Shikaras. They’re also used to give a ride to tourists from all over the world. It’s maximum capacity is around 6 people, including the rower of the Shikara. These small boats are used for plying people to and fro, from a bigger houseboat to the main market. Houseboats, on the other hand, are moored to the shore of the Dal lake. They’re stationery boats that have been converted into luxury/budget-friendly hotels for visitors in the valley. Each houseboat has around 3 to 4 rooms, and common spaces, that can hold about 10 to 12 people. They’re built for overnight stays and experiences, to boost tourism in Kashmir. Most houseboats today also have a common deck, lawn, garden, live music zones and so many more amenities.
  4. How much does Dal Lake Houseboat stay cost?

    Dal lake houseboats charge anywhere between INR 1,800 to INR 10,000 per night. Different houseboats have different packages and offers for tourists. Dal Lake houseboat price also varies as per the season you’re visiting in.