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“Makes you feel at home- A memorable experience” 4 of 5 stars
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P.O. Box 67, Nehru Park | Near Maharaja Place, Dal Lake, Srinagar, India   |  
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Ranked #59 of 385 Specialty Lodging in Srinagar
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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“Makes you feel at home- A memorable experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2011

We stayed at the Dawn houseboat and we truly enjoyed the stay, the location, hospitality and facilities were great.

We stayed for 4 nights, the room was clean and well maintained, the home made food was great, but you will have limited choice. The owner made us feel at home as he was personally making sure his guests are happy and comfortable.

Would recommend this place.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2010

I would agree with the previous post that a lot of the locals are trying to get a lot of money out of you, but it is their job. It is how they make a living. If you kindly decline you can usually move on.
I did not find that to be the case here at this place at all. It was rather warm and welcoming and I was able to get to get a reduced price through a friend. It helped me save the needed for the shikara rides back and forth and around.
As far as the room, it was well kept and VERY clean. It was well decorated and made me feel very much like I was at home. The staff there was very polite and spoke english well. The only draw back i could find about this place is that the walls are a bit thin. Actually the walls are open at the top. As an American, I tend to sleep earlier than most Indians. This made it hard for me to get sleep as i was about to start sleep the same time a lot of the guests were having dinner. Another time family was being checked at the same time I was taking a nap and I was abruptly woken up due to thin walls. I adapted over time.
I would totally recommend this place also for the amazing view around it as well.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2010

The house boats on Dal LAke are an absolute rip off....Please bargain on the price for a night stay before you decide to board one..They can be very friendly and buttery but when it comes to money they will squeeze you for every penny. The Dal lake is absolutely beautiful but the locals are greedy and are only interested in making a quick buck out of you.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2010

Dal lake has many faces - there are parts which are congested, some parts are very dirty and some parts very serene. This group of houseboats are located in the open, quite and serene part of the Dal Lake. The view of the open Dal Lake is amazing from this houseboat. The lake is really wide over here. Takes 10 minutes by Shikara to reahc the shore. There are dedicated Shikara walas who will wait for you at their stand unless you come back. We came back pretty late sometimes and found them waiting in the shivering cold.

The interiors are pretty good and rooms spacious altough I am sure they may be even better decorated houseboats in the lake. The hospitality of the staff (Manzoor Bhai) and owner (Aksar Tunda) was very good. They kept us very warm in the cold Kashmiri november nights. We stayed in the Happy Dawn boat. Food - we had dinner once with them - it was homemade delicious stuff. The rooms and toilets are pretty clean.

No hassles here of floating salesmen trying to sell you their stuff. I have heard that in some places the salesmen keep on appearing through out the day. Here, it is only if you ask the staff - they will arrange for their preffered salesmen to appear at the time you want them to come.

The kitchen comes in very handy for getting your quick cup of coffee. Running hot and cold water in the bathrooms almost through out the day - no issues even in November.

Overall - very good. We had planned to stay here for 2 days. Ended up staying 5 days. We also got a very good deal as it was off-season. Our team consisted of a 3 yr old, 3 people above 60 and 3 people in 25-35 group.

  • Liked — Location, service
  • Disliked — Mode of transport (shikara - 10 min)
  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Kolkata
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2009

Excellent place to stay. we were there 5 nights.. lovely view ...HAd great time with family.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2008

House Boat Lucky Dawn, part of the Dawn Group of house boats is delightful. Having read bad comments/concerns from other travelers re: some house boats on Dal Lake being musty and hosts frightening, I was concerned. But House Boat Lucky Dawn was wonderful and exceeded my expectations. My daughter and I stayed there three nights. It is clean and fresh and the rooms very spacious and comfortable. The host Yaqoob and his brother Lateef are warm, friendly and accomodating, but not intrusive. It is in an excellent location, not far from the Boulevard, an easy shikara (water taxi) ride. The view of the lake and mountains is lovely and I enjoyed listening to the birdsong and watching eagles and kingfisher birds. The meals were made to order. This is a very nice place to stay on the lake.

  • Liked — Fantastic location and view. A houseboat in Kashmir!!
  • Disliked — bathroom, but considering the location on a boat, not a problem.
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: P.O. Box 67, Nehru Park | Near Maharaja Place, Dal Lake, Srinagar, India
Location: India > Jammu and Kashmir > Kashmir > Srinagar
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Ranked #59 of 385 Specialty Lodging in Srinagar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 30
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Dawn Group Of House Boats Srinagar, Kashmir

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