About Houseboats at Dal Lake, Srinagar
If there is a paradise on earth then you have seen it in the Kashmir Valley with the mountains, lakes, rivers and gardens. As soon as you reach the summer capital town of Srinagar located on the banks of the River Jhelum, you are mesmerised by its beauty and forget all about the political conflicts. Srinagar is absolutely tourist friendly and people are hospitable. In summer the city glows in the colours of its gardens as lakes and rivers are brimming with water, while in winters, the snow melts your heart. The River Jhelum, a tributary of the Indus flows into the Dal Lake, one of the most famous landmarks of Srinagar. Although there are several lakes in the city, the Dal Lake is the most prominent lined with houseboats, which are synonymous with the city. When in Srinagar, a visit is not complete if you do not stay in one of these elegantly designed structures that is virtually a piece of art. Wake up to mountains, go for a cruise on the shikara, the wooden boat, let the flower sellers bring perfumed blossoms to your doorstep, watch the sun rise and set, look for birds and just let the waters of the lake soothe you.
Rooms and Amenities
Snow-capped mountains surround this picturesque lake located in heart of Srinagar. It is lined by colourful houseboats on Dal Lake, a tradition that is unique only to Kashmir, where you can live in these aesthetically designed boats on the lake. No experience in Srinagar is complete if you have not stayed in one of them. Club Mahindra offers a stay in these legendary houseboats in Srinagar, as you are pampered by the hospitality of the Kashmiri men and women. There are three rooms in a Srinagar houseboat with a common balcony that opens into the lake. A living room and a dining room are shared by the people living in the boats. Wake up to the sun caressing the mountains, watch the shikaras filled with colourful flowers sailing to your doorstep, go on a sunset cruise and listen to the old romantic songs by the boatmen. Cosy and comfortable with a single bedroom and an attached toilet, this is your romantic retreat. If you are a small family, then you can request for a sofa cum bed. Wake up the gentle rhythm of the waters as you sip your morning cup of tea from the tea/coffee maker in the room. It has a mini fridge as well. Watch a movie if you like on the DVD player if you do not feel like stepping out or just use the phone and call for room service. These bedroom units with attached toilets are ideal for a small family or a couple who are on a holiday. Sofa cum beds are available on request. Watch a movie on your LCD screen before going to sleep or just order room service in your room. Wake up to the birds with your cup of morning coffee. See the sunrise from the balcony and the shikaras in the mist. Time just stands still here. Check out Club Mahindra reviews by happy Members who have spent their family vacations at the houseboat.
Food in Houseboat
Basic home-made food is served here in the houseboat. It is advisable to place your orders well in advance as food is prepared only on request. When in Kashmir you have to start your day with the famous Kashmiri chai called the Kahwah. Mildly spiced, especially with the invigorating flavours of cinnamon, cardamom, saffron and sweetened with honey, plus topped with nuts, Kashmiri Kahwah is not just a beverage - it is a tradition, a sip of heavenly Kashmir itself! Usually served with the famous multi course meal (Wazwan) in which there are close to 20 -40 dishes served. The most popular among them being Rogan Josh, a lamb dish. There are almost nine kinds of breads in Kashmir like katlams, kulchas and bakirkhani among others. The sheer chai with a tinge of salt and spices is something you should try out. If you are a vegetarian then the Dum Aloo is an all-time favourite, a celebration is Kashmir is incomplete without the inclusion of Dum Aloo in its menu. Other popular vegetarian dishes are Rajma Gogji or Rajma Shalgam red kidney beans cooked with turnips, flavoured with aniseed and ginger powder, the exotic Gogji Nadir turnips with lotus stem and the Chokh Vangun, a sour, brinjal curry. You don’t start your day without the famous Kashmiri chai called the Kahwah. Mildly spiced, especially with the flavours of cinnamon, cardamom and saffron and sweetened with honey and topped with nuts, Kashmiri Kahwah is beyond just a beverage - it is a tradition. Rogan josh, is an aromatic lamb dish of Persian origin, which is one of the signature recipes of Kashmiri cuisine. You can try all the local cuisine of Kashmir at Club Mahindra Houseboat in Srinagar.
Places to Visit in Kashmir
Srinagar has one of the most beautiful and largest tulip gardens in Asia and the festival is celebrated around last week of March to first week of April for a very short period. Tourists all over the world flock to the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden to soak in the colourful display by the flowers it is one of the best place to visit in Kashmir with family. Around Christmas, Gulmarg celebrates its pristine snow festival with fun activities and sports like skiing, ice skating, snowboarding among others. Lose yourself in a world of white. Kashmir is known for its natural bounty of flowers and fruits and there is a festival for every fruit or spice when they are harvested. A gorgeous sight to the eyes, the cherry festival is celebrated in the second week of May, while the apple season starts around the second week of September. Also do not miss the famous Tulip Festival, celebrated in Asia’s Largest Tulip Garden at Indira Gandhi Memorial, Srinagar. After a hectic day, come back to gaze at the stunning scenic vistas from your room in Club Mahindra houseboat in Srinagar. Get a detailed information about Kashmir tourism such as best time to visit, places to visit and things to do in Kashmir.
House Boats at Dal Lake,Srinagar, Contact Details
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