What you need to know about houseboats in Kashmir

Houseboats in Kashmir - Jacqueline Houseboats

Houseboat is a Novel type of accommodation available in Kashmir as you have Hotels available throughout the world but unlike a Houseboat being available in Kerala which is totally different and hence cannot prove compatible to what we have in Kashmir in any respect. Living on a houseboat experiences a fun and real joy for those who experience such stay and always carry cherishing moments along with as a memory for the entire lifetime. The Staff at service on a Houseboat comprises of a Captain, Room Boy, Chef , besides attached Shikara with Shikara-wala [ rower of shikara] for To and Fro Crossings and other Shikara Rides. Thus one feels homely atmosphere while one’s stay on a Houseboat.

The houseboat is usually made out of Cedar wood which sustains the would be damages through water as the wood is got seasoned before using for such construction. One has to spend lavishly on the construction of a houseboat with modern amenities and facilities available like Corridor, Drawing room, Dinning room, Pantry, 02 to 07 bed rooms with attached fully sanitary fitted bath rooms with hot and cold water running. The accessories usually are Carved out of Walnut wood and to add to the beauty of house boats , these accessories are put in various rooms and even the doors and windows have walnut wood carving touch and also provides Sun Deck to have an experience of Sun bath. The interior furnishing is palatial which covers Carpets, Crewel Curtains , Embroidered Bed Sheets, foot mats etc.

Many tourists are attracted to Srinagar by the charm of staying on a houseboat, which provides the unique experience of living on the water in a cedar-paneled elegant bedroom, with all the conveniences of a luxury hotel. Srinagar’s thousand or so houseboats are moored along sections of the Dal and Nagin Lakes and river Jhelum, each decorated fancifully and named romantically and even whimsically.

Like hotels, houseboats vary in degree of luxury and have been accordingly graded by the Department of Tourism. A luxury houseboat, like a luxury hotel has fine furniture, good carpets and modern bathroom fittings, while the ‘D category’ (the lowest category) of houseboats, like low-budget hotels, is spartanly furnished. Like hotels too, houseboats vary widely in their locations. Some overlook the main road, others look out onto lotus gardens and yet others face tiny local markets and villages, all right in the middle of the lake! All houseboats, regardless of category, have highly personalized service. Not only is there always a “houseboy” for every boat, but the owner and his family are never far away. The cost per day of hiring a houseboat includes all meals and free rides from the houseboat to the nearest jetty and back, as no houseboat on the lakes is directly accessible from the banks.

Every standard houseboat provides a balcony in the front, a lounge, dining room, pantry and 3 or more bedrooms with attached bathrooms. All houseboats not moored to the bank of the river or lakes provide a Shikara as a free service from the houseboat to the nearest Ghat (jetty). Virtually every houseboat in Srinagar has been provided with a municipal water connection.

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Jacqueline & Young Jacqueline Houseboats

Ghat No 14, Nehru Park, Dal Lake, Srinagar - 190001, Kashmir (India)

Contact Person & Owner: Ghulam Rasool Thulla & Sons

Mohd Latif Thulla: +919419059546

Shakeel A Thulla: +91 9419056296

Zahoor A Thulla: +91 7298901497

Ph: +91 194 2500973

Email: hbjacqueline@yahoo.co.in

What people say about us

  • My son and I, along with a friend, spent a very comfortable night on the Jacqueline. It is a lovely houseboat and very well looked after. - 27.06.1963
    Indira Gandhi
  • I hope that during my term of office here, my wife and I will have an opportunity of visiting Kashmir; in which case, I shall undoubtedly write to you. - 16.09.1955
    S H Carlill, Vice Admiral, Indian Navy
  • I am giving this letter of recommendation to Ismail, the owner of houseboat Jacqueline. He is thoroughly honest, most courteous and takes great pains in looking after the occupants. - 09.07.1951
    J N Chaudhuri, Maj General, Indian Army
  • It was indeed a great pleasure for me to return to Kashmir for the first time since 1940 and to see you and your houseboat Jacqueline. - 15.11.1983
    J L Hurschler, California
  • My wife and I stayed on this houseboat 'The Jacqueline' for 10 days shooting. We have been most comfortable and found the boat clean and the boys most attentive and obliging. - 03.03.1918
    M G Wavelly, Royal Sussex
  • As an introduction to Kashmir, few days on the houseboat 'Jacqueline' would not be bettered. I have rarely been so comfortable as in the attentive way of Ibrahim and his family. - 19.03.1974
    Gerard Slessenger, BBC

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