Nigeen Lake : an expanse of calm. turquoise blue waters floating lilies, chirping birds: in quite contrast to the hustle bustle and noise of Dal lake; and then this houseboat comes into view:; its carved porch so enticing,,the day curtains all silky and wispy in the cool breeze.. its decor so rich and enthralling.. the essence of Kashmir pervades the ambience:: royal chairs and tables... intricate lamps and fixtures, colourful carpets and delicate china ware>> a truly mesmering effect on the first time traveller!! Then Yaqoob bhai( the owner) presents us with a Pitcher of Kahwa: a welcome drink that enregises and sets the mood of Kashmir rolling.... one just sits back and relishes the solitude of this part of Dal Lake : a bit isolated , but so peaceful:; you relax on the front balcony as shikaras float by , a slice of daily life in Kahmir unfolds slowly ... rustic and endearing in its simplicity. A few drinks under the star-lit terrace where a fragrant breeze awakens the senses makes you realise what all this magic of kashmir is all about ,, and this is promptly followed by a lavish dinner served on a carved glass dining table complete with ornate chairs and a opulent chandelier delivering soft shafts of light.There is no hurry, the unobstrusive family leaves us to enjoy our evening : there is calm and serenity all around..>> lights of boats moored on the distant Dal cause mysterious reflections in the waters and now we have the enitire houseBoat to ourselves. We spend a few hours soaking in the sights and sounds of silence,, wine and hookahs in tandem with the lapping waters.. Strongly recommended to all honey mooners, group travellers and solo wanderers: all facilities are first rate, the hospitality leaves no scope for any complaints and the decor truly mkaes you feel like a KING for The DAY ..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Houseboats are unique in the world to Kashmir valley. For the visitor to Srinagar, staying in a houseboat is an out of world experience. The houseboat came into being during the British Era, when the Maharaja of Kashmir refused them permission to build on dry land. The resourceful Britishers took to the water, living in ornate houseboats. The style has hardly changed from the first houseboat built by Mr. Conard in 1888 right down to boats being built today and since then the houseboat become mascots of Kashmir Tourism and gained a worldwide acclaim. If your dreams include a sojourn on a houseboat in Kashmir, Kingfishers darting between the blossoming lotus and snow-capped mountains lining the horizon and each day concluded by a sunset of copper and gold, then imagine yourself on Nigeen Lake. Nearly two miles in length and overlooked by the imposing ruin of the Hari Parbat fort. Our boats are categorized in the Deluxe category. For unsurpassed value and an unforgettable holiday, we invite you to relax as Kashmiri prince in the carefree atmosphere of the New Golden Flower Heritage houseboat and enjoy the timeless majestic scenery of the Himalayas for yourself. We take pride and pleasure in providing the finest of houseboats experiences blended with the expertise necessary to enjoy Kashmir to its fullest potential. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- New Golden Flower Heritage Houseboat Srinagar, Asia - Kashmir