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Dawn Group of House Boats
Ranked #45 of 574 Specialty Lodging in Srinagar
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
Reviewed November 14, 2011

My husband and I were visiting Kashmir for our honeymoon, and spent 4 days from our week long trip at one of the 4 Dawn houseboats - Happy Dawn. All four Dawn houseboats are beautifully located at the far end of Dal lake, unlike most others which opened up to a view of the road and oncoming traffic. A fairly long Shikara ride is the only way to go from the shore of the lake to here.. and that makes it even more beautiful. The owner of these houseboats - Mr. Aksar is an extremely hospitable host. We wanted to spend the first day of our trip at Pehelgam. He arranged for a taxi and driver to pick us up from Srinagar airport and take us to Pehelgam and stay there for the night to get us back to Srinagar the next day. That made it very convenient for us to commute and we didn't have to worry at all about spending as much time as we wished exploring places.. the driver too was very patient and didn't insist we hurry up or cut short our stay at pehelgam.
The food at the houseboat was surprisingly good..always hot, fresh and just like home.. the only problem was that the food was a little too oily.
The houseboat interiors were very tastefully done and there was continuous supply of hot water all day - which is a necessity considering how cold the weather can get.
All in all, we were very happy with our stay there and would love to go back and stay there again.
Kashmir was the perfect honeymoon.. breathtaking natural beauty and great people too.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed October 17, 2011

I was in Srinagar for my honeymoon. At first the things were good. We arrived, they welcomed us warmly.

1) On arrival, there were three types of rooms. And because we had booked them through an agent, we got the smallest & shabbiest room. Not to be too critical, but the room actually looked like an adultery house. When we got a view of the other rooms, they were gorgeous. So its basically upon your luck.

2)the food was awful. Was completely bland and cud not be eaten, instead you can eat at the other nice restaurants nearby on the road.
Since we were two couples, we were bound to get two complimentary shikara rides. We did get them, but while we were departing, the shikara owner asked for a payment for 1 shikara as only one was complimentary. When we tried to speak to the owner of the houseboat, he simply was not interested to intervene and asked us to pay for 1 shikara saying it was not included. We were thankful that our tour operator handled the situation, else we were definitely to be ripped off.

Please avoid if possible. Not worth a single penny of your money.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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New Delhi
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21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2011

We stayed for 3 NIghts here in this house boat " Happy Dawn" which is one of the 4 Dawn Group Houseboats, The first impression itself of this houseboat makes you feel at home away from home. Right from the time you step in to the large beautifully decorated living room with plush carpets and upholstery and nicely carved furniture. As you walk in next you are greeted by a large dining room with a huge carved dining table with nicely decorated side tables and carnishes. This leads to a narrow corridor leading to three nicely appointed rooms complete with embroidered bed sheets and curtains complete with everything making you feel being in your home. The bathrooms are complete with running hot & cold water and even goes with a bath tub. The staff - a single care taker ..Nazir..always smiling and your " man friday" for all errands right from bed tea to breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is the best kashmiri authentic cuisine I have ever had starting from Mutton,Kofta, Nadru Yakhni, Rogan Josh and lot of vegetarian delicacies. Now the most important aspect of the stay which if not mentioned would not do justice to this houseboat, the owner Mr. Mohd. Aksar Tunda, the most hospitable, curt and polite gentleman I have come across. He took personal care of us and made sure we had the best of the experience during our stay. Always available to guide us and made us feel at home. On our request for Wazwan ( Kashmiri traditional cuisine) he specially got prepared some delicious food for us and made our day. The last but not the least, this houseboat is located away from the hustle bustle of the groups of other house boats and is moored at one of the ends of the Dal Lake. The verandah has a commanding view of the Dal and the mountains giving a splendid backdrop. I would encourage and recommend anyone who wants to experience the serenity and peace of Kashmir in the luxury of being at home should definitely stay with the Dawn Group houseboats. I shall definitely come back again. My sincere thanks to Mr. Aksar for making our stay so memorable.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed June 26, 2011

I stayed in Happy dawn houseboats from 14th may 2011 to 21st may. The location is excellent . It has crystal clear view from the boat upto 1 km .There are no obstructions in between from this boat.U can feel the beauty of lake from the boat.The quality of food, cleanliness of room, hospitality of the owner Shri .M.Aksar Tunda is really superb and appreciable. There is 24 hour running water in the bathroom and all taps.Laundry service is also given.We also were served with Jain food. I felt like A Home away from home.Morning is damn beautiful and shikara ride of lake makes u feel so relax....Vimalbotadra@gmail.com,mob:-----

  • Stayed May 2011
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Bengaluru, India
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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
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6 Thank Avi3639
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Rohnert Park, California
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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
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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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
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7 Thank detoxf73
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Property: Dawn Group of House Boats
Address: P.O. Box 67, Nehru Park | Near Maharaja Place, Dal Lake, Srinagar, India
Location: India > Jammu and Kashmir > Kashmir > Srinagar District > Srinagar
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Ranked #45 of 574 Specialty Lodging in Srinagar
Number of rooms: 30
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