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Honeymoon retreat on a Kashmir Houseboat

Jammu & Kashmir, the northernmost state of India, is popularly known for the ‘Valley of Kashmir’ and justifiably termed as the ‘Paradise on Earth.’ A land of myriad flavors, Kashmir’s picturesque valleys, changes its hues with the seasons, and binds its beholders with a magical spell, more mystical than anything else.

The invigorating beauty of the snow-capped mountains, lush green valleys, shimmering lakes and the verdant woods, together make Kashmir, one of the most sought after, tourist destinations in the world.

But, a trip to Kashmir is nearly incomplete, without a serene cruise across the scenic lakes of Dal and Nagina, on a Kashmiri houseboat. And if you are planning your honeymoon in Kashmir, then a fairytale ride on a houseboat is a ‘must’ for your itinerary. All in all, it is a unique experience and an achievement of a lifetime, worth framing in your memories forever.

The houseboats are mostly a cedar-paneled attractive bedroom completely furnished with all the luxuries of a five-star hotel. A standard houseboat is fitted with a balcony, a dining room, a lounge, a pantry and bedrooms with attached sanitary-fitted bathrooms. The novelty of a Kashmiri houseboat lies in its serene ambience, comfortable amenities, picturesque scenery and a tranquil cruise across the shimmering lakes. The houseboats, like every other hotel, vary in terms of the luxuries and facilities offered, and are thus segregated into various categories based on the availability of the services and the price.

Getting There: Jammu & Kashmir is well connected by air, rail and road. The nearest airport is at Srinagar, while you can also land at the Delhi airport, if it’s more convenient. The closest rail station in Srinagar is at Jammu. Frequent bus services are available to help you reach Srinagar from the airport and the station. Local transport is available for a convenient travelling in and around the capital city.

Best time of visit: Srinagar enjoys pleasant summers and chilly freezing winters with its temperature varying from below 0°C to 34°C. Hence the ideal time of visit is between April and October.

The Houseboats

The mesmerizing houseboats are made of cedar wood and the accessories within are mostly carved out of walnut wood. This helps to preserve its quality while on water, and also gives the water boats an intrinsic touch, quite unique, to itself. The rooms are well decorated and furnished with all the necessary amenities, thus providing an exclusivity of a comfortable homely environment. The cruise is not necessarily confined to a particular number of days, and if you are on an extended visit-cum-honeymoon-trip, then enjoy the picturesque view and the serene ambience to the fullest, without thinking of checking-out.

Popular Houseboats

The most popular houseboats of Kerala are the following:

a) The Gurkha Group of Houseboats are located on the Nagin Lake in Srinagar.
b) The Meena Group of Houseboats are located on the Dal Lake in Srinagar.
c) The Delilah Houseboats are located on the Dal Lake in Srinagar.
d) The New Zealand Houseboats are located on the Dal Lake in Srinagar.
e) The Prince of Vale Houseboats are located on the Dal Lake in Srinagar.

Facilities

Though the houseboats differ in its degree of luxury, and are graded according to the amenities offered, yet the houseboats have a few things in common – amiable and hygienic environment, comfortable ride across the lakes and an assurance of a memory worth reminiscing forever. The boats are also well furnished with hot water and purified drinking water systems, sanitized toilets, television set, generators, etc.

Undoubtedly, one of the most fascinating and invigorating destinations in India, Srinagar is most coveted for its exotic views and a tranquil ambience. However, a cruise on the houseboat you’re your spouse, ensures that your romantic tryst is an exceptional experience. The placidly beautiful lakes and the intriguing landscapes will surely make you yearn for another visit again and again. Take a break and share a few enthralling moments of love and happiness, with your spouse, while on a romantic honeymoon, aboard a houseboat. You will surely return with a refreshed mind and high spirits.

Last updated : January 13, 2016