Imagine a romantic evening spent by the cedar-wood railing that frames a boat-like boat moored near Dal Lake’s outskirts. Have you ever thought about having a Kashmir trip with someone special at your side and the Great Himalayas before you? A trip to Kashmir or more specifically, Srinagar is not complete without visiting these unique houses. Tourists come to Kashmir for a unique houseboat experience.


The houseboats in Kashmir have the appearance of medieval art, but they are also surrounded by tranquillizing nature. These houseboats are a popular choice for those looking for warm hosts and delicious Kashmiri food. However, unlike the houseboats in Kerala’s backwaters, which are mostly on the move, the Kashmiri houseboats are beautifully decorated and mostly docked on the lake’s periphery that makes this one more reason to include Kashmir in your Kashmir Tour Packages.

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What are Kashmiri Houseboats exactly?

Houseboats: These unique accommodations are also known as floating homes. They are anchored at the banks of two beautiful rivers, houseboat tours in Srinagar can be enjoyed by all ages and types. In the city, Dal & Nageen lakes house many houseboats where the tourists can enjoy a stay.They are ideal for couples and families, and solo travellers who want to experience this unique feature. 


Srinagar houseboat vacation packages also include a ShikaraRide to the nearest shore or in the lake. Which part is the best? Tourists also have the option to shop on houseboats where vendors sell everything, from Kashmiri handicrafts and barbequed foods to Kahwa tea. 



Before you embark on your houseboat journey, start with a Shikara ride starting from the beautiful shores of dal lake or adjacent Kashmiri Lake. They are cultural symbols of Kashmir, similar to the Venetian.Gondolas. Shikara, a flat-bottomed light wooden boat made of wood, can be found on dal lake as well as other water bodies in Srinagar Jammu, Kashmir, India. There are many sizes of shikaras, and they can be used for transportation. While some shikaras can still be used for fishing and harvesting aquatic plants (usually for fodder), transportation is the main purpose of most shikaras. Many are now used by tourists and covered with tarpaulins. Many are used as floating homes.

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Another day in Paradise


Take a ride on the Kashmiri Gondolas

While staying on the best houseboat in Kashmir, The Shikara ride is an unforgettable experience that offers unique benefits. Shikara rides on the lake are romantic and have been immortalized in many Hindi movies. These small boats can be considered the Tuk-Tuks in the area. They will give you an unforgettable ride. This is a once-in-a-lifetime sail.

You can take part in the following activities from the Srinagar boathouse.


Romantic Sail: Start with a relaxing Shikara ride to get a glimpse at Kashmir’s On the Lake lifestyle. Then, enjoy a stunning sunset with your partner. That sounds romantic, doesn’t it? 


Shopping: The boathouse Srinagar is an excellent choice for local marketing or souvenir shopping in the floating shops. Feel the thrill of dressing up as the BOLLYWOOD classic ‘Kashmir Ki Kali’. They were photographed by one of the sailing vendors using the camera. You can find everything you need on the water market, from paper mache to sterling jewellery.

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Essentials. Livelihood. Greenery

Floating Vegetable Garden: About dal lake, It is a tourist cliché to see beautiful mountains and lakes. It’s not common knowledge that these floating vegetable vendors are one of the most popular photos on the lake. This is why you should visit Dal Lake as it is very popular with the travel photographer and the photography community. This shot was taken from the ideal perspective that every travel photographer wants.


Srinagar’s Houseboat History

It is believed that these boats were originally designed by Englishmen when they arrived in Kashmir. Old people who have lived here for generations claim that houseboats are mentioned in Kashmir valley lakes in ancient Kashmiri literature, which dates back to the 13th Century. It was used more for personal purposes than to visit Kashmir’s great lakes.

It was the daily life of the people who lived around the lake. After the British arrived in Kashmir, they were not allowed to purchase land there. They built boats on the land as an alternative. These boats became a regular part of local sightseeing after they moved to the shores of the Kashmiri lakes. It is now a major tourist attraction.

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What’s a Houseboat?

It is a unique experience to live in a city above a lake. It is a wonderful experience to sail on the cool waters of Nagin Lake or Dal Lake and to see the beauty of the area.KashmirYou can be most romantic with your loved ones and your family. This gives you a glimpse at sunrise and sunset, which is very popular among honeymoon couples.


The lake is sure to look like a village with your boathouse. There are usually a few rooms that have ensuite bathrooms and a place for everyone to gather and chat. Each room is designed to be warm and comfortable, with a view of the lake from the windows. The most attractive feature of the boat is its small verandah that has a sitting-out. Imagine yourself waking up in a houseboat in Srinagar resting on the waters of Dal Lake. The real deal is sunkissed Morning to enjoy a cup of hot morning tea while enjoying a breathtaking view of the valley.

Kashmir Houseboat night


Also Read: Is a stay at a Kashmir Houseboat overrated ?


The sailing art is a generation old

These Houseboats are more than just a cultural treasure for Kashmiri residents. These boats were part of Kashmiri culture, and their art was passed on to generations. It is still in use today. It is very popular with art lovers and others. These Wooden Boats are carved with exquisite wood carvings that reflect the culture and life of Kashmiri artisans. These boats are mainly made from Chinar trees, which are integral to Kashmiri life.

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Local handicrafts and other items

We know water is not everyone’s cup. The only thing you should be concerned about is the breathtaking view of Kashmir that you have to review. Let me end by quoting lyrics from 2000 BollywoodSongSocho Ke Jeelon Ka Shehar Ho, Mission Kashmir-“Socho ke jhilo ka Shahar ho, lehron pe apna ek ghar ho”This is translated to mean “imagine living in a beautiful home high above the water of this lake in a city built upon waves”. These great lakes of Kashmir offer romance and tranquillity. It will be a memorable experience to share with your loved ones and partner.

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