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“Very good House Boat Experience” 4 of 5 stars
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WelcomHeritage Gurkha Houseboats
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Opp. Nagin Club, Srinagar 190 001, India   |  
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Ranked #3 of 92 Hotels in Srinagar
Thane, Maharashtra, India
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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Very good House Boat Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Location:

On the nagin lake, in the quieter side. Great place to wake up and soak beauty of the Srinagar

Service:

Good service.

Rooms and Houseboat;

All modern amenities and excellent rooms with hot water and great bathrooms. Huge common area with TV and sofas. Well appointed.

Food:
They serve very good food and I also recommend the excellent breakfast.

Vale for Money:

Good. Thanks to the quite and beautiful houseboat i will recommend this.

Room Tip: Nothing specific. all the view if from common area.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We stayed in Gurkha Houseboats in Srinagar on 4th and 5th July 2014. We had a very nice and relaxing experience in the houseboat. The Managers on Duty Mr. Shaukat Ali and Mr. Rayees Ahmed were exceptionally hospitable and caring and they added very good value to our overall stay. We would like to visit the house boat every time we are in Srinagar.
D.B.Maheshwari

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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15 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This houseboat is located on nagin lake which is beautiful and less commercial than dal lake.
The interior of houseboat is very impressive with walnut and other types of wooden furniture.
Houseboat is well maintained and is clean with modern amenities.

Our houseboat caretaker Mr Imran was hardworking and efficient.

Food taste is average and should be improved.

Stayed July 2014
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New Delhi, India
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Very nice and beautiful houseboats. At a very calm and peaceful location in the town. Care taker /host was very nice. A loving peaceful evening with a beautiful view of lake and mountains.

Food was average.

Room Tip: We stayed in Boat# 6, room-2. The add-on bed in the room was quite noisy. At the end I had to shift...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We had driven all the way from Delhi with a night halt in Jammu... This was my 3rd trip to Srinagar and the best ever. Staying in this house boat refreshed me form the long drive......

Location
The Gurkha House Boats are situated in the Nageen Lake. This is far from the hustle and bustle of Dal Lake. The beauty about these house boats is that you can sit in the patio without being constantly disturbed by vendors selling you all sorts of stuff. You actually get time to enjoy your Kahwa(Kashmiri Tea).

Rooms
The best thing about these rooms are that they are very neat and clean. You get a feeling that you are staying at home. All amenities in the room function. This is my biggest grouse against many other hotels.

Food
Nothing to beat the authentic Wazwan (Kashmiri Food) we had here. A special mention for the chef who gave us packed breakfast (excellent paranthas) when we left early morning for Gulmarg.

Hospitality
Special mention for Maqbool Chacha (Caretaker). He is old world hospitality personified. Always smiling and willing to share his experiences. He was on of the highlights of my trip to the valley.
I would also like to express my gratitude for Shaukat , the young energetic manager of these houseboats. He made this trip extra special.

Advice for Fellow Travellers
If you visit , Srinagar do stay in a House Boat. A hotel cannot match up with the unique experience of staying in a house boat. If you get time, do read the National Geographic issue that features the owner of this houseboat. It gives a brief history of how house boats came about in Kashmir and is quite informative.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We checked in into Gurka Houseboat No.6 for a night. Out of 3 rooms, 2 were booked by us. It was a real good experience spending a night at the houseboat. The houseboat is situated at Nageen Lake and it's an amazing experience taking a shikara ride in the evening enjoying cool breeze and nature. The food served at the houseboat is great and the houseboat caretaker Irfan makes sure you have a comfortable stay.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The title of my review explains it all! The Gurkha Houseboats are in the quiet Nagin Lake. Exquisitely designed with chandeliers and huge papier mâché vases and exquisitely crafted walnut furniture, you intake a gasp as you enter the Houseboat. We shared the boat with another family. The food was homemade, prepared by the caretaker and it was good! The room was spacious, a part of which was occupied by the coal heater. The bed was not comfortable as the the mattresses were worn out, but as we were tired, we conked off. Sitting out on the deck n haggling with the sellers on shikaras early in the morning was a pleasure. I would certainly recommend this houseboat. And we stayed here in December. The caretaker would take you to the store owned by the houseboat owner to show pashminas n carpets. Refrain! Too expensive! And please see, we didn't use the bathrooms as we checked out in morning as we had booked a room at the Lalit. So no comments on that:))

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about WelcomHeritage Gurkha Houseboats

Address: Opp. Nagin Club, Srinagar 190 001, India
Location: India > Jammu and Kashmir > Kashmir > Srinagar
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Srinagar
#6 Family Hotel in Srinagar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — WelcomHeritage Gurkha Houseboats 4*
Number of rooms: 17
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